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Nations agree milestone rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Katowice - Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.

Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit

Katowice - Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations over a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts.

Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit

Katowice - Marathon talks aimed at charting mankind's path away from climate catastrophe entered overtime Saturday as nations picked over a plan presented by host Poland that exposed several sources of disagreement.

UN climate talks 'deadlocked' on key issues: top China diplomat

Katowice - UN negotiations aimed at preventing runaway global warming remain deadlocked less than 24 hours before the 12-day talks are set to end, China's top climate diplomat said Thursday.

Nations 'face extinction' without instant climate action

Katowice - Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they "face extinction" without immediate action to rein in mankind's emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion.

Brazil keeps eye on Amazon deforestation with satellites

S - The vast Amazon forest may be hard to penetrate, posing a problem for authorities trying to stop illegal logging -- but there are still eyes in the sky keeping track of the destruction.

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.

US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

Oslo - Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change.

Fighting climate change in the shadow of Mount Everest

Formed in the shadow of Mount Everest, the turquoise depths of Nepal's Imja glacial lake would be a breathtaking miracle of nature to behold -- were they not a portent of catastrophic floods.

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.

Curitiba: Brazil's once model city, now frozen in the past

Curitiba - There was a time when Curitiba, a city in southern Brazil of 1.7 million inhabitants, was a model town heralding a future of durable development and urbanism.But that was 20 years ago.

China's unbridled export of coal power imperils climate goals

Paris - Even as China struggles to curb domestic coal-fired power and the deadly pollution it produces, the world's top carbon emitter is aggressively exporting the same troubled technology to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, an investigation by AFP has shown...

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.

Host of COP24 conference wins shameful Fossil of the Day Award

Katowice - The COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, in the heart of Poland's coal country, got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. For whatever reason, the Polish government decked the halls of its exhibition center with piles of coal.

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.

Big Brussels climate march marks COP24 start

Apo - Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to mark the start of the UN climate summit in Poland.

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.

Thousands march in Germany calling for end to coal power

Berlin - Thousands of people marched in Berlin and Cologne on Saturday calling for Germany to abandon coal-powered electricity generation, on the eve of a major climate conference in Poland.

Trump rejects Paris accord, but his diplomats are still negotiating

Washington - Next week in Poland, a discreet delegation of American diplomats will settle in for two weeks of international climate negotiations along with their European, Chinese and other counterparts they've mixed with for years.

Grim tidings from science on climate change

Paris - Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks starting next week in Poland on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming.

Brazil rescinds offer to host 2019 UN climate conference

Bras - Brazil announced Wednesday it is withdrawing its offer to host the COP25 UN climate conference next year, citing financial constraints.

EU sets goal to be 'climate neutral' by 2050

Apo - The European Union on Wednesday urged government, businesses, citizens and regions to join its ambitious plan to cut emissions and make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050.

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