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July 10, 2017
G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement - but at the cost of risky concessions. After the US president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be centre-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 - major economies that are together responsible for the vast majority of harmful emissions. Ultimately, th ... read more

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Saturday that his country would not ratify the Paris climate accord, speaking at the end of the G20 summit in Germany. ... more
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US isolated over climate: G20 host Merkel
US President Donald Trump faces isolation at Friday's G20 summit over his climate sceptic stance, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, noting that many countries are determined to honour the landmark Paris accord. ... more
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US pullout gives 'global push' to climate deal: UN chief
The US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has given a "global push" to the deal, as other signatories have strongly recommitted to the landmark accord, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday. ... more
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Turning the climate tide by 2020
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EU 'more determined' than ever to fight climate change: Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Europe was "more determined than ever" to fight climate change after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement. ... more
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Global companies pledge transparency on climate risk
Multinationals worth $3.5 trillion and financial institutions managing $25 trillion in assets pledged on Thursday to follow new guidelines for disclosing exposure to climate change risk in both operations and investments. ... more
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EU girds for stormy G20, climate battle with Trump
European leaders vowed Thursday to defend the landmark Paris climate pact at a G20 summit next week, setting them on collision course with US President Donald Trump at what is expected to be a stormy meeting. ... more
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Trump 'proud' of leaving Paris climate deal
US President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly defended his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, declaring himself "proud" of the move. ... more
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US mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, the mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday. ... more
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Half-a-degree of warming boosted extreme weather
Half a degree Celsius of global warming has been enough to increase heat waves and heavy rains in many regions of the planet, researchers reported Friday. ... more
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How the climate can rapidly change at tipping points
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Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. ... more

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OECD: Air pollution, urbanization offsetting gains in renewables
Air pollution remains high globally and urban areas are expanding, showing a more comprehensive effort is needed on the environmental front, the OECD said. ... more
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World Bank: Middle East conflicts impede climate and other objectives
The economy of Jordan could grow on the back of green initiatives, but progress may be impeded by geopolitical shocks, a World Bank report found. ... more
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France pledges $34 mln for foreign climate experts
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Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes
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Trump was 'wrong' to leave climate change deal: UK minister
US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said on Tuesday. ... more
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