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Climate talks must be rescued from failure, warns UN chief

Katowice - "Key political issues" deadlocking UN climate talks "remain unresolved", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday after an unscheduled stop at the troubled negotiations in Poland.

Saudi, US snub of climate report unsettles UN talks

Katowice - The refusal of the United States and Saudi Arabia to embrace a landmark environmental report has unsettled UN talks to breathe life back into the Paris climate pact, negotiators and observers said Monday.

US, Saudi Arabia back-of-the-pack on curbing climate change

Katowice - The United States and Saudi Arabia rank last when it comes to curbing climate change among the 56 nations accounting for 90 percent of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said Monday.

Polish court orders Walesa to apologise over crash claims

Warsaw - A Polish court on Thursday ordered anti-communist icon Lech Walesa to publicly apologise to arch-rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of the governing rightwing party, for saying he was responsible for the deadly 2010 crash of a presidential j...

Climate crusading schoolgirl pleads next generation's case

Katowice - By the time 15-year-old Greta Thunberg is 45, tens of millions of people are expected to have fled their homes as climate change unleashes a maelstrom of extreme weather, crop failures and devastating forest fires.

Polish president says will defend coal mining industry

Katowice - President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday said he would not allow Poland's coal mining industry to be eliminated, as the EU member hosts the UN climate summit. "Don't worry.

The Terminator insists US will help battle climate change

Katowice - Governments must protect citizens from the killer effects of climate change, movie tough guy-turned-statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger told AFP, insisting the United States was committed to a greener future despite Donald Trump reneging on the Paris agree...

World 'way off course', UN warns at crunch climate summit

Katowice - The world is "way off course" in its plan to prevent catastrophic climate change, the United Nations warned Monday as nations gathered in Poland to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming.

World Bank promises $200 bn in 2021-25 climate cash

Katowice - The World Bank on Monday unveiled $200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.

For Poland's mining region, coal remains a way of life

Knur - "It's a family thing. My father, my grandfather were miners, so I am," says Arkadiusz Wojcik at a coal mine in the southern Polish town of Knurow.

Alarm sounded, nations urged to act at UN climate talks

Katowice - With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from nearly 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Poland's glittering Christmas creches win UNESCO status

Krakow - Nativity scenes that are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Poland's historic royal capital Krakow were granted UNESCO special status on Thursday, being added to its register of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".

Greenpeace protests ahead of Poland climate summit

Warsaw - Six Greenpeace activists scaled a massive chimney at Poland's Belchatow coal-fired power plant on Tuesday and will remain there overnight, as one of Europe's largest polluters gears up to host the COP24 climate summit.

Poland names coal companies partners for COP24 climate talks

Warsaw - Poland on Tuesday named the EU's largest producer of high-quality coking coal among several coal-sector companies that it chose to partner with the UN's COP 24 global climate summit opening this weekend in the southern coal city of Katowice.

Poland reverses disputed Supreme Court reform

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Wednesday passed legislation reversing a disputed Supreme Court retirement law, bowing to a ruling from the EU's top court, which had raised fears of a threat to judicial independence.

Polish bishops apologise for child sex abuse by priests

Warsaw - Polish Catholic bishops apologised Monday to children who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and other Church leaders in the majority Catholic country.

Poland holds centenary parade alongside far-right march

Warsaw - Leaders of Poland's right-wing government marked the nation's centenary with a military parade Sunday, which took place at the same time and along the same route as an annual independence day march organised by marginal far-right groups.

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

Lodz - European Union chief Donald Tusk on Saturday accused US President Donald Trump of being averse to a "strong and united" Europe and also warned against the emergence of a "brownshirt" nationalist front in EU elections next year.

Poland isolated, divided on centenary of independence

Warsaw - Poles mark a century of independence on Sunday in a deeply polarised country, isolated within the European Union, as a march organised by far-right groups in the capital Warsaw risks casting a shadow over celebrations.

US Poland LNG deal way for Europe to ease reliance on Russia: Perry

Warsaw - Washington's energy secretary on Thursday hailed a 24-year deal to deliver US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Poland as signal for Europe on ensuring energy security and easing dependence on Russian supplies.
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