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Delegates agree ‘rulebook’ for Paris goals, but key questions have been ignored or put offThey lacked the drama, excitement and eventual breakthrough that marked the Paris agreement of 2015, but this year’s UN climate talks produced important steps forward in putting the landmark accord into practice.After last-minute wrangling over wording, [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 11:56:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Struggles remain on enacting 2015 Paris accord despite more clarity on emissionsThe UN met on Saturday in Poland to discuss a draft agreement on climate change, which sources said was likely to pass, as exhausted delegates made compromises on some key issues but left other contentious problems to be resolved [...]
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 12:39:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Slow progress on 2015 Paris agreement comes as scientists warn of need to get on trackNegotiators at the climate conference in Poland have inched closer to an outcome, as the official deadline for finishing a deal ran out.The conference was meant to approve a rulebook which would govern how nations [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 6:28:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Climate experts say the renaissance can be stopped but change must happen now – and the main obstacle is at the topPoland’s deadly addiction to coal – in picturesDisplays of coal jewellery and coal soap, coal in a glass walkway beneath your feet, coal in the air that you breathe [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 1:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Coal, known as ‘black gold’ in Poland, has helped the country achieve energy independence. However, the high-polluting fuel has been linked to serious diseases and premature death. With COP24 climate talks under way in Katowice, pressure grows on Poland to reduce its reliance on the fossil fuel. But with 100,000 [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 1:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Being European without being white and Christian does not only put one in a strange place, but also in a … [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:28:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A couple’s passionate relationship mirrors postwar Poland’s political turmoil in Paweł Pawlikowski’s romantic epicSee the rest of the UK countdownThe best culture of 2018Having smashed his last film out of the park – the Oscar-winning Ida from 2013 – Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski repeated the feat with Cold War, which [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 6:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of realityAustralia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts.In [...]
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 10:38:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5CThe EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific [...]
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 8:59:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Statement Today we find ourselves at a time when the conditions of political reaction, violence and extreme right-wing populism are … [...]
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:36:00 PM, Continue reading at the source