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May 24, 2017
Merkel vows to convince climate change 'doubters'
Berlin (AFP) May 23, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to work to convince climate change "doubters" as the world waits to see whether US President Donald Trump will endorse the Paris agreement. "Protecting the climate matters to all of us," said Merkel, whose country will host a G20 summit and UN climate talks this year. "We all feel the impacts of climate change... We are responsible for each other, we are liable for each other, we share a common destiny." Urging the international community to mai ... read more

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The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
The 28-member European Union, the third-largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases after China and the United States, has long been held up as the poster child of efforts to save Earth's climate. ... more
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence, a ... more
New scrutiny of poles as world braces for climate shifts: UN
Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday. ... more
Trump delays decision on Paris climate deal
President Donald Trump delayed a decision to honor or walk away from the Paris climate accord until he returns from Europe late this month, leaving global partners in limbo Tuesday. ... more
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President Donald Trump will not rush his review of US climate change policy and will do what is best for the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. ... more
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UN climate negotiators in Bonn were left frustrated Tuesday as the White House postponed a meeting to determine whether America will stay in the 196-nation Paris Agreement to curb planet-harming fossil fuel. ... more
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