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Climate change 04-09-2018

Governments ‘not ready’ for Katowice COP24

Governments are unprepared for a crucial climate change meeting in Poland later this year aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said on Tuesday (4 September) at the opening of climate talks in Bangkok.
Climate change 28-06-2018

Warming of 2C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5C – draft UN report

The latest version of major UN science report concludes the upper temperature goal of the Paris Agreement does not represent a climate safe zone. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Agrifood 19-10-2017

UN partners with ethanol producers to boost biofuels at COP23

The UN’s climate change agency has joined forces with a European bioethanol company to promote the use of biofuels in transport, as global leaders prepare for the COP23 climate conference in Bonn in November.
Climate change 07-04-2016

Ségolène Royal backs Laurence Tubiana for top UN climate job

In a public U-turn, the French environment minister has backed Laurence Tubiana to be the next executive secretary of the UN’s climate change organisation. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 18-11-2015

COP21 will end a decade of failed climate finance

With 8,000 projects in developing countries, the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is still clinging to life. But the Paris agreement might spell the end for the ineffective system. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 05-11-2015

Piketty: Rich individuals must foot bill for climate change

Individuals, not states, should be charged for the CO2 they emit. This idea is central to the system proposed by French economist Thomas Piketty, which would place more responsibility for climate change at Europe’s door. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 31-08-2015

COP 21 agreement set to miss CO2 reduction target by 10 gigatons

Current national plans for CO2 emissions reduction will fall ten gigatons short of the cut required, if the UN is to meet its target of limiting the global temperature rise to +2°C. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 18-06-2015

Pope’s climate change politics gets mixed reception in Catholic Poland

Pope Francis's plunge into the climate change debate has caused uneasiness in conservative Poland, exposing the dilemma for Catholics who are devout but prefer their leaders to steer clear of "liberal" causes.
Climate change 01-06-2015

New round of UN talks seeks to shape Paris climate deal

UN climate talks were to resume in Bonn on Monday (1 June), tasked with sculpting a historic deal on greenhouse gases due to be sealed in Paris little more than six months from now.
Climate change 19-05-2015

Merkel and Hollande push for ‘ambitious’ climate deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande jointly pledged Tuesday to do their utmost to ensure an "ambitious" UN deal to combat climate change is reached this year.

Paris to host COP 21 dry run

The international climate negotiations will gain momentum this week with an informal meeting in Paris. The EU and Norway hope to inspire negotiators with greater ambition. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 22-04-2015

Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries

Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid. EURACTIV Germany reports
Development Policy 26-03-2015

Maldives: Many islands will disappear, despite COP 21 agreement

Abdullahi Majeed, the Maldives' Minister of State for Environment & Energy, fears that many island states will be wiped off the map, even if an ambitious agreement is reached at COP 21. EURACTIV France reports

COP 21 national contributions behind schedule, France warns

The countries involved in the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this year are running late with the submission of their national plans, which are due by the end of March. France has forced the subject onto the EU summit agenda this week to encourage its European partners to prod the late-comers into action. EURACTIV France reports

Europe losing influence in climate negotiations

SPECIAL REPORT: With ten months to go before the COP 21, Paris is doing all it can to provide the ideal conditions for a global agreement. Europe hopes to play a facilitating role in the international negotiations, which will focus on the needs and attainable contributions of individual countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 10-06-2014

UN chief: EU has ‘great interest’ in public climate funds

EXCLUSIVE / Europe will benefit as much as Africa, if it uses its public purse to fund climate mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing world, the UN Environment Programme’s executive director has told EURACTIV.

Obama and EU unite on climate change draft

US President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month are set to throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal, leaked documents suggest.
Climate change 22-11-2013

Green groups walk out of UN climate talks

Environment and development groups together with young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday (21 November) in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw.

Polish ‘bad COP’ feared after ministerial sacking

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s sacking of the country’s environment minister Marcin Korolec yesterday (20 November) has been greeted with dismay and suspicion among EU policymakers.
Climate change 15-11-2013

Yvo de Boer: It’s the climate, stupid!

EXCLUSIVE / Politicians look at costs in a "stupid" way and need more "adult understanding" of the tight links between climate, the economy and energy, including energy security, the UN's former climate chief told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 15-11-2013

Yvo de Boer: Europe looking for the climate future in the past

SPECIAL REPORT / European politicians are stuck in the past in their search of climate change solutions, the UN's former climate chief told EURACTIV in an interview, adding they need a more "adult understanding" of the tight links between climate, the economy and energy, including energy security.
Climate change 12-11-2013

Philippine storm ‘hits’ UN climate talks

World governments meeting in Poland this week and until 22 November are likely to make only modest progress in reaching a 2015 deal to fight climate change, with concern over economic growth at least partially eclipsing scientists' warnings of rising temperatures.

The battle against climate change is not confined to Warsaw

The UN climate conference on Monday (11 November) in Warsaw, Poland, will not save the planet but by gathering people who are committed to saving it, sharing ideas and understanding how all the pieces fit together, we can make real progress, write Harro van Asselt and Pieter Pauw.
Climate change 04-11-2013

France spells out ambitions for 2015 climate conference in Paris

The French ambassador for climate negotiations at the UN has issued a rallying call for both the public and private to work towards climate abatement ahead of the 2015 global climate conference in Paris, with success largely depending on the EU's support.