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Fossil fuels and finance take center stage in COP26 final day
by Patrick Galey - November 12, 2021 - 8:53pm
Delegates from nearly 200 nations are wrangling over a final agreement to the summit, which aims to keep the goal of limiting temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as global warming-driven disasters hit home around...
COP26 told climate pledges 'hollow' without fossil fuel phase out
by Patrick Galey - November 12, 2021 - 8:21am
Climate promises from nations ring "hollow" while they continue to invest in oil, gas and coal, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Thursday, as the COP26 summit struggled to make headway on its goal to halt devastating...
China, US unveil surprise climate pact at COP26 summit
by Patrick Galey - November 11, 2021 - 8:21am
The joint declaration came as the crunch COP26 summit in Glasgow entered its pivotal final days, with negotiators wrestling over ways to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial l...
New emissions pledges barely affect global heating — UN
by Patrick Galey - November 9, 2021 - 11:30pm
In its annual Emissions Gap report last month, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) had said current decarbonization plans—known as nationally determined contributions, or NDCs -—put the world on track...
Chasm opens between COP26 words and climate action
by Patrick Galey - November 9, 2021 - 8:02am
COP26's first week saw keynote pledges to end deforestation, phase out coal, and mobilise trillions for green investment. But observers say there is a gulf between host Britain's proclamations and the emissions cuts...
Climate justice - and cash - shadow UN talks
by Patrick Galey - November 9, 2021 - 7:43am
Countries remain starkly divided on key issues at the UN meeting, including how rapidly the world curbs carbon emissions and how to ramp up support for countries already battered by storms, floods and drought intensified...
Protesters demand climate action in global rally
by Patrick Galey - November 8, 2021 - 7:25am
Tens of thousands of protesters braved rain and wind in Glasgow Saturday as part of worldwide demonstrations against what campaigners say is a failure of crunch UN climate talks to act fast enough to tame global...
CO2 rebound as climate summit sees emissions pledges
by Patrick Galey - November 5, 2021 - 8:15am
Global CO2 emissions are set to rebound to pre-pandemic levels next year, according to an assessment published on Thursday as countries signed up to fossil-fuel cutting pledges criticised as too vague by c...
Leaders commit to 30% methane cut at climate summit
by Patrick Galey - November 2, 2021 - 10:56pm
The initiative, which experts say could have a powerful short-term impact on global heating, followed an announcement earlier Tuesday in which more than 100 nations agreed to end deforestation by 2030.
COP26 leaders vow new drive to save forests
by Patrick Galey - November 2, 2021 - 7:23am
World leaders will conclude a two-day climate summit on Tuesday with a multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030 — a date too far away for campaigners who want action sooner to save the planet's...
China submits new climate plan days before COP26 summit
by Patrick Galey - October 29, 2021 - 7:33am
Beijing's new submission to the United Nations, just days before the COP26 climate summit, confirmed its goal to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and slash its emissions intensity — the amount of emissions...
Latest climate plans worlds away from 1.5C target — UN
by Patrick Galey - October 27, 2021 - 10:29am
Just days before the Glasgow meeting, which is being billed as crucial for the long-term viability of the Paris climate deal, the UN's Environment Programme said that national plans to reduce carbon pollution amounted...
Brazil's Bolsonaro accused of 'crimes against humanity' at ICC
by Patrick Galey - October 12, 2021 - 4:08pm
Planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from burning and industrial-scale agriculture in the Amazon are higher than the total annual emissions of Italy or Spain.
Three in four say climate 'tipping points' close
by Patrick Galey - August 17, 2021 - 7:45am
Tuesday's survey showed that people in developing nations were more likely to be willing to protect nature and the climate than those in richer countries. 
UN climate report comprehensive, but regional gaps persist
by Patrick Galey - August 10, 2021 - 7:49am
In its 40-page Summary for Policymakers, the IPCC presents three maps of the world, with regions divided up in to hexagons.  While there is a strong observed increase in extreme hot weather nearly everywhere,...
World shudders at 'terrifying' UN climate report
by Patrick Galey - August 10, 2021 - 7:33am
World leaders, green groups and influencers reacted on Monday to a "terrifying" UN climate science report with a mix of horror and hopefulness as the scale of the emergency became abundantly clear.
Flood-prone populations up nearly 25% since 2000 — study
by Patrick Galey - August 5, 2021 - 11:44am
Flooding is by far the most common of extreme weather events made more frequent and potent by rainfall patterns supercharged by climate change. 
Earth's 'vital signs' worsening as humanity's impact deepens
by Patrick Galey - July 28, 2021 - 8:59am
Of 31 "vital signs" — key metrics of planetary health that include greenhouse gas emissions, glacier thickness, sea-ice extent and deforestation — they found that 18 hit record highs or lo...
HIV 'significant' risk factor for severe COVID-19 — WHO
by Patrick Galey - July 15, 2021 - 9:20pm
There are more than 37 million people known to be living with HIV globally, and up to 45 million have died from the virus since the start of the AIDS pandemic.
Fossil fuel power demand has 'peaked worldwide' — analysis
by Patrick Galey - July 14, 2021 - 12:09am
Electricity generation from fossil fuel has peaked worldwide as emerging markets opt for cheaper renewable technology as part of a global shift to cleaner energy, analysis showed Wednesday.
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