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Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

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UN climate talks in Bonn have concluded with progress on technical issues, but with bigger questions about cutting carbon unresolved. Delegates say they are pleased that the rulebook for the Paris climate agreement is finally coming together. But these technical discussions took place against the backdrop of a larger battle about coal, oil and gas. It means that next year's conference in Poland is set for a major showdown on the future of fossil fuels.This meeting, known as COP23, was tasked with clarifying complex operational issues around the workings of the Paris climate agreement. One of the most important elements was the development of a process that would help countries to review and ratchet up their commitments to cut carbon.Fiji, holding the presidency of this meeting, proposed wh...
Sir Paul McCartney: President Trump's resistance to climate change is madness

Sir Paul McCartney: President Trump's resistance to climate change is madness

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Interview by Jimmy Blake, words by Steve Holden Newsbeat reporters Sir Paul McCartney has criticised President Trump's attitude towards climate change, stating that some of his actions are "madness".He's accused the American leader of turning around "a lot of the advances that have been made" to help the environment. The former Beatle is continuing his long running vegetarianism campaign. In June, President Trump announced he was pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement to cut global emissions.He said one of the reasons was to seek a new deal that would not disadvantage US businesses.However, there have since been mixed messages from the US government over whether it would actually stay in the agreement. President Trump also once said the concept of global warming was ...
Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks

Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks

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Plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change at a major UN meeting have angered environmentalists.An adviser to the president is expected to take part in a pro-coal presentation in Bonn this coming week.Separately, a group of governors will say that the US is still committed to climate action despite Mr Trump's rejection of the Paris agreement.The talks begin on Monday and aim to flesh out the rules for the Paris pact This meeting, officially known as COP23, will be the first full gathering of climate negotiators since President Trump vowed to take the US out of the Paris treaty."The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States," he said last June, announcing the US intention to withdraw.US quits Paris ...
U.S. government report blames humans for global climate change

U.S. government report blames humans for global climate change

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Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Humans are to blame to for global warming, according to the most comprehensive climate change report yet produced by the federal government.The 600-page report is unambiguous and contradicts many of the Trump administration's positions and talking points on climate change.Since taking office, Trump and Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, have downplayed the severity and certainty of global warming."I believe that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said earlier this year. "There's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact."The latest report strikes a different tone."It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th cent...
Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

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The 2015 Paris agreement's ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C remains within reach, a study suggests. The study is one of several to address the "carbon budget", which - among other things - determines how much CO2 the planet can emit and still reach a given limit for global warming.It indicates the 2015 target, perceived by some as tough, could be met with very stringent emissions cuts.It used computer models that project climate behaviour into the future.What is climate change?What is in the Paris climate agreement?The aim of the Paris deal was "holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5C."But scientists admit they were taken by surprise by the ambition of the 1.5...