Climate Impacts Stories

Coal left out in the cold as China shifts to clean energy

While China suffers through the strongest cold stretch in three decades, partly due to record arctic warmth, life is becoming colder still for the nation’s coal industry.

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Climate change slows onset of next ice age

The planet’s inexorable warming means there will be no new ice age for at least the next 100,000 years, scientists say.

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Climate and laws fan Brazil’s forest fires

New legislation planned in Brazil will encourage deforestation − despite serious drought already contributing to a big increase in fires destroying vast areas of forest.

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Warming fuels rise in methane threat

Higher temperatures and permafrost thaw could cause an increase of up to 50 per cent in emissions of a key greenhouse gas from northern lakes and ponds by 2100.

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Vulnerable countries show the way as world leaders pledge climate ambition

All eyes were on world leaders as the UN climate conference officially kicked into gear today in Paris.

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People out in force, Paris under pressure to deliver

From Dhaka to Tokyo, Geneva to Jakarta, citizens around the world made their voices heard today, and their message was clear: the fossil fuel age is over.

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Human costs of climate change highlighted ahead of Paris meetings

As climate talks in Paris approach, stakes are high for frontline communities with the most to lose.

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UN report: Weather disasters occurred almost daily over last decade

Weather-related disasters have occurred almost daily in the last ten years, and nearly twice as frequently as two decades ago, a new UN report said on Monday, one week ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris.

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Fox in the hen house: the polluters bankrolling the climate talks

As corporate anti-climate behaviour comes under increasing scrutiny from law-enforcers, media and public, a new report highlights the conflict of interest between the Paris climate summit’s aims and the polluting actions of the companies bank...

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Brazil faces serious crop and power losses

Scientists warn that Brazil can expect falling hydroelectric supplies and severe crop failures by 2040 as climate change reduces rainfall and increases drought.

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