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Climate pledges a long way from 1.5deg, UN warns

1 Mar 21 - Updated plans to reduce emissions barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals and the United Nations is calling for redoubled efforts.

Millions will die if world fails on climate promises

17 Feb 21 - Scientists have looked at conditions in just nine of the world’s 200 nations and found that − if the world keeps its Paris climate promises, of containing global heating to “well below” 2deg by 2100 − millions of lives could be saved.

US return boosts chances of COP26 success

22 Jan 21 - The United States' return to the Paris Agreement is vital to the next round of negotiations, says former New Zealand climate ambassador Dr Adrian Macey.

Countries signal greater climate ambition but ‘step change’ needed on road to Glasgow

14 Dec 20 - As 2020 comes to a close, world leaders have sent a signal of their willingness to step up their climate ambition, at a virtual event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

UN chief calls for more climate finance for poor nations as 2020 goal slips

14 Dec 20 - Rich nations are "lagging badly" on a longstanding pledge to channel $100 billion a year in funding, from 2020 onwards, to help poorer countries develop cleanly and adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change, the U.N. chief said on Saturday.

NZ cheering from the sideline in Sprint to Glasgow

11 Dec 20 - Officials will represent New Zealand at this weekend’s Sprint to Glasgow event marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

Australia will not be given speaking slot at climate summit, Morrison says

11 Dec 20 - Scott Morrison has signalled Australia will not be granted a speaking slot at a climate ambition summit this weekend, despite telling Parliament a week ago he would attend to “correct mistruths” about the Government’s heavily criticised record on emissions reduction.


Global 'elite' need to slash high-carbon lifestyles

11 Dec 20 - The world's wealthiest 1 per cent account for more than twice the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50 per cent, according to the United Nations.

Parisversaire party to revive momentum on climate

9 Dec 20 - At the end of year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders are expected to revive momentum for climate action with fresh commitments to bring the goals of the Paris Agreement closer.

Is the Paris Agreement strong enough to avert climate catastrophe?

9 Dec 20 - No-one who was in the hall that winter evening in a gloomy conference centre on the outskirts of the French capital will ever forget it. Tension had been building throughout the afternoon, as after...

CO2 hits new record despite covid-19 lockdowns

24 Nov 20 - Climate-heating gases have reached record levels in the atmosphere despite the global lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has said.

Trump takes another swipe at Paris Agreement

23 Nov 20 - Out-going United States president Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord overnight, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the US economy,...

Paris goals threatened by farms, forests and industry

20 Nov 20 - Many parts of the global economy, especially agriculture and the cement and steel industries, are heading in the wrong direction or cleaning up their act far too slowly to limit global warming to...

NZ called out over 2030 target

19 Nov 20 - New Zealand is being accused by countries most vulnerable to climate change of “defaulting on climate survival leadership”.

G20 countries will miss Paris mark - report

19 Nov 20 - The G20 will miss the 1.5°C warming target set out in the Paris Agreement, according to the latest Climate Transparency report.

Ardern has high climate hopes for Biden

9 Nov 20 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects new United States President Joe Biden to act on climate change.

Resolve carbon market dispute to step up ambition, says UK

2 Nov 20 - Countries have a collective responsibility to agree on common rules for a global carbon market, to drive greater climate ambition beyond 2021, says the United Kingdom's lead climate negotiator.

Which countries have a net-zero carbon target?

27 Oct 20 - Twenty-eight countries, one American state and the European Union says they are committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050.

First deal done under Paris Agreement to offset emissions

22 Oct 20 - Switzerland has struck a carbon offsetting agreement with Peru, in what the two nations say is the first deal of its kind under Article 6 of the Paris agreement.


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