United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon with Peru’s minister of environment Manuel Pulgar Vidal arriving for the opening of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima on Tuesday. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

The Lima climate conference “must deliver” a coherent draft text that will provide a “solid foundation” for negotiations leading to an international (...)

The  venue for the  UN Climate Change Conference  in Lima:  There was shock this week over a report that Japan had given $1 billion in loans to help some of its biggest firms build three coal-fired plants  in Indonesia.  Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Environmentalists are demanding much stronger rules for what “climate finance” can be used for after discovering that $1 billion in funding from Japa(...)

 UN climate conference in Lima told this year is on track to be the hottest year on record, or at least one of the top three. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

This year is on track to be the hottest year on record, or at least one of the top three, according to a provisional statement released at the UN c(...)

A file pictured  from January  2013, shows a large statue of a giant panda darkened by heavy smog in Beijing, China. Intensive talks over the past year or more led to Wednesday’s historic announcement in Beijing that the US would cut its emissions by up to 28 per cent by 2025 while China said its emissions would peak in 2030 or earlier. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Tackling climate change always boiled down to what the world’s two largest economies and biggest emitters of greenhouse gases – the US and China – wer(...)

UN Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres: insists  last week’s six-day meeting delivered “fresh clarity”. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following(...)

Christiana Figueres   of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Bonn   “will give governments the important opportunity to further develop a cohesive text” for  a deal. Photograph: Henning Kaiser /AFP/Getty Images

Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN c(...)

World leaders cannot fail to respond to what United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has called an “unprecedented public mobilisation” for ac(...)

International government officials from 170 countries take part in the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Matthias Balk/EPA

Key steps along the road to reaching a global deal on climate change before the end of next year are becoming clearer as the latest round of UN-spon(...)

Mr Vicente Barros, IPCC Working Group II co-chair, stressed the importance of adapting to climate change. Photograph: EPA

A bleak picture for humanity, depending on how much the world actually warms in the 21st century, is painted by the UN’s Intergovernmental Pane(...)

How many more scientific reports will it take before we wake up to the reality of global warming and its devastating consequences for humanity (...)

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