Climate sceptic to head environment agency as Trump fills out cabinet

Climate sceptic to head environment agency as Trump fills out cabinet

Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, a retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa’s governor as US ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements. Trump, continuing to build his Cabinet as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, […]

Gore, Trump meet for ‘productive’ talks on climate

Gore, Trump meet for ‘productive’ talks on climate

Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a “productive” session. Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect’s Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. […]

Trump backtracks on climate, threat to jail Clinton

Trump backtracks on climate, threat to jail Clinton

Two weeks after his election victory, Donald Trump began backing off campaign promises Tuesday, including his hard line on climate change and his vow to jail “Crooked Hillary” Clinton that had brought thunderous “Lock her up” chants at his rallies. A top adviser said Trump is now focused on matters that are essential in setting […]

UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

The COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco wrapped up on Friday after nearly 200 nations made an urgent appeal for the “highest political commitment” to combat climate change. “We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” the 197 parties to the UN’s climate convention stated […]

Obama hails ‘historic day’ as Paris climate accord set to take affect

Obama hails ‘historic day’ as Paris climate accord set to take affect

A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an important threshold on Wednesday, prompting US President Barack Obama to hail it as a “historic day” for protecting the planet. European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal raised backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries […]

India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally joined the Paris agreement on tackling climate change on Sunday, the United Nations said, taking the global pact a step closer to its enactment. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris last December, aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions by shifting away from […]

EU agrees fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

EU agrees fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

Environment ministers from all 28 European Union states agreed on Friday to a fast-track, collective ratification of last year’s UN Paris climate deal, the EU said. “All member states greenlight early EU ratification of Paris Agreement. What some believed impossible is now real,” tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk, whose home country Poland had been […]

China ratifies climate agreement ahead of G20 Summit

China ratifies climate agreement ahead of G20 Summit

China announced on Saturday that it has ratified the emissions-cutting agreement reached last year in Paris, giving a big boost to efforts to bring the accord into effect by the end of this year. The United States was also expected to announce that it was formally joining the Paris Agreement in advance of the Group […]

Worrying ‘climate of xenophobia’ in Europe, says UN chief

Worrying ‘climate of xenophobia’ in Europe, says UN chief

The UN’s refugee chief says a worrying “climate of xenophobia” has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II. The number of refugees and displaced people rose to a record 65.3 milion at the end of 2015, compared with 59.5 million in 2014. According to […]

French study links climate change to June flooding

French study links climate change to June flooding

 Torrential rains which caused flooding in France recently bore the unmistakable fingerprint of climate change, according to research to be submitted to a scientific journal next week. Global warming, especially in the last 50 years, had almost doubled the likelihood of the kind of three-day downpour that burst the banks of the Seine and Loire […]