Clocks tick faster on climate

Is the world in a better place now than it was before the United Nations climate change conference in Warsaw last week? Not really. Delegates from mor(...)

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard (right) talks with Kenyan delegate Alice Akinyi Kaudia as they attend the Convention on Climate Change  conference at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Photograph:  Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Environment ministers from all over the world, including Ireland’s Phil Hogan, began arriving here today for the UN’s 19th climate change conference a(...)

Greenpeace activists throw coal in the air during a protest in front of the Polish Economy Ministry headquarters building against the World Coal Summit and the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Most of the world’s coal reserves “will have to stay in the ground” and further investment in mines and coal-fired power stations could go ahead on(...)

Christiana Figueres: told to “pick clean energy over dirty fossil fuels”. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has come under fire from young environmentalists for agreeing to speak at a major coal conference in (...)

Firefighters spray foam on smouldering bush to help reduce re-flash fires after a blaze swept through Faulcombridge, 85km west of Sydney. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP

After two deaths and more than 200 homes lost amid hundreds of fires, the bushfire threat has abated in New South Wales. But it may only be a temporar(...)

  United Nations Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres said she was encouraged by the progress made over the past two weeks. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The world is still on course for an international agreement to tackle global warming in 2015 despite days of bickering in Bonn over how decisions are (...)

Un climate chief Christiana Figueres: “frustrated” by pace of Bonn talks.  Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

African civil society groups have condemned “Russia’s shenanigans” for blocking moves to discuss loss and damage from the impacts of global warming an(...)

International Energy Agency chief economist  Fatih Birol: “Globally, the direction we are on is not the right one. If it continues, the increase would be as high as 5.3 degrees – and that would have devastating effects on all of us.” Photograph: David Sleator

About two-thirds of all proven reserves of oil, gas and coal will have to be left undeveloped if the world is to achieve the goal of limiting global w(...)

A huge tornado approaching the town of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. Photograph: Richard Rowe/Reuters

Nobody can say with certainty that the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma on Monday or the strong cyclone that struck Bangladesh last Thursd(...)

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres: “Little time remains to take concerted action in order to prevent global average temperatures rising over 2 degrees Celsius.” Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The global agreement to combat climate change due to be concluded in 2015 is now likely to include a “dynamic” element that would allow new sci(...)

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