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Last three years hottest on record: UN

Geneva - The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet.

Quarter of land will be drier under 2 C warming: study

Paris - More than a quarter of Earth's land surface will become "significantly" drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday.

Climate change: can hummingbirds take the heat?

Paris - Extreme heat sometimes forces hummingbirds to seek shade instead of foraging for food, researchers said Wednesday, warning that global warming could test the tiny birds' capacity to adapt.

Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant

Bonn - There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge.

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Bonn - Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels.

Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks

Bonn - A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution.To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.

US official to defend Trump stance at UN climate talks

Bonn - An American official will address the UN climate meeting in Bonn on Thursday, where envoys have battled to make progress in the shadow of President Donald Trump's rejection of a global action plan.

France, Europe come to aid of UN climate panel

Bonn - France's president promised funding Wednesday for the UN's IPCC climate science panel, which faces a budget shortfall as it prepares to bring out a major report next year on the planetary perils of global warming.

Trump pullout from climate pact means even hotter world: study

Bonn - US President Donald Trump's pullout from the Paris Agreement will push up global temperatures nearly half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, according to a report released Wednesday at UN climate talks in Bonn.

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Bonn - World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan.

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Bonn - The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge Wednesday to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of a planet rescue plan backed by the rest of the world.

Syria signs up to Paris Agreement, US lone outsider

Bonn - Syria has officially signed up to the Paris Agreement, the UN said Tuesday, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the global climate-rescue pact.

Climate change pushing Earth toward risky 'tipping points': report

Bonn - As climate change drives up temperatures, Earth comes ever closer to dangerous 'tipping points' that could accelerate global warming beyond our capacity to reign it in, scientists warned at UN talks in Bonn Monday."Climate change is here.

US to defend fossil fuels at UN climate meeting

Bonn - The White House will host an event defending fossil fuel use Monday at UN climate talks in Germany, in a move blasted by green energy campaigners and conference president Fiji.

Climate change imperils one in four UNESCO natural sites

Bonn - Climate change imperils one in four UN-listed natural heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

Climate change imperils one in four natural heritage sites: report

Bonn - Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks

Bonn - Carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise this year after a three-year pause, scientists said at UN climate talks Monday, warning that "time is running out", even as White House officials used the occasion to champion the fossil fuels that drive global ...

Under Trump, US to miss Paris climate targets: report

Paris - The United States will fail to meet its commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate treaty, according to a report released Saturday at UN negotiations in Bonn.

UN chief says $100 bln climate fund far from guaranteed

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said a $100 billion annual fund to help developing countries tackle climate change was crucial to achieve the goals of the Paris climate deal.

Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate

Paris - The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned at UN negotiations in Bonn.

EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market

Brussels - The EU struck a deal Thursday to overhaul Europe's emissions trading scheme after 2021, hailing it as a key step toward meeting its commitments under the Paris climate agreement.

Syria not invited to Paris climate talks despite joining accord

Paris - Despite signing up to the Paris climate accord Syria has not been invited to a summit on the pact in the French capital in December, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US

Bonn - Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty.

Syria to join Paris climate pact, leaving US only nation left out

Bonn - Syria said at UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation to say it will remain outside the landmark treaty.

Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Paris - US President Donald Trump is not among the around 100 heads of state and government invited to next month's climate summit in Paris, a French presidential aide said Tuesday.

Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump

Bonn - Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji's prime minister on Monday appealed for "urgent action" on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn."The need for urgency is obvious," said Frank Bainimarama.

2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN

Bonn - 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, the UN's World Meteorological Organization said Monday.

Still wary of 'Trump Effect', UN climate talks open in Bonn

Bonn - Confronted with a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, climate negotiators meet in Bonn Monday wondering to what extent US President Donald Trump will make their jobs more difficult.

Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks

Bonn - Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city.

Climate activists march to keep coal in ground

Bonn - Thousands of demonstrators converged on Bonn Saturday ahead of UN climate negotiations demanding that governments step up action to halt global warming, starting with a rapid phase-out of coal-burning power plants.
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