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First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

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Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are uncertain if the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up.Scientists say that a global peak in CO2 before 2020 is needed to limit dangerous global warming this century.The Global Carbon Project has been analysing and reporting on the scale of emissions of CO2 since 2006. Carbon output has grown by about 3% per year in that period, but growth essentially declined or remained flat between 2014 and 2016.The latest figures indicate that in 2017, emissions of CO2 from all human activities grew by about 2% globa...
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...
Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

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The US has insisted it will leave the Paris climate accord, despite reports that it may be softening its stance.Following a meeting of environment ministers on Saturday, the EU climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said Trump officials had indicated the US would either stay in the 2015 accord or review its terms.But the White House insisted there had been "no change" in the US position.In June President Donald Trump said the US would withdraw from the deal.He said it was part of his "solemn duty to protect America" and he would seek a new deal that would not disadvantage US businesses.But opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of US leadership on a key global challenge.The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures ...
'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

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Former Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris climate pact has passed away aged 72.At countless UN climate meetings, Mr De Brum was a passionate champion of the rights of small island states.He was instrumental in securing the "high ambition coalition" of rich and poor countries that was pivotal to a deal in the French capital.Mr De Brum died at his home in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Born near the end of WWII, Mr De Brum grew up in an era when the tiny Pacific state was being used to host a number of US nuclear bomb tests. When he was nine years old he witnessed one such detonation, while fishing with his grandfather around 200 miles away. The resulting destruction of the atolls, the evacuation of many islanders as a re...
VIDEO: Neymar marks Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal against Guingamp

VIDEO: Neymar marks Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal against Guingamp

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The world’s most expensive player enjoyed a productive night at the Stade de RoudourouSunday, August 13, 2017Neymar marked his eagerly awaited Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal as he helped the Ligue 1 side beat Guingamp 3-0.The world’s most expensive player was allowed to take to the pitch at the Stade de Roudourou after the French Football Federation confirmed they had received the relevant paperwork for the £199million signing.Neymar bagged his side’s third goal of the game after being teed up by Edinson Cavani inside the penalty area. Cavani had given the Parisians a 2-0 lead following Neymar’s incisive through ball, which allowed him to slot the ball past the Guingamp goalkeeper.Unai Emery’s side took the lead in the comical circumstances when defender Jordan Ikoko’s back-pass tri