Could the financial sector solve climate change as diplomacy stumbles?

The ECB is warning climate change costs could be 5x the cost of transition. As climate risk goes mainstream, could investor concern drive climate action as international diplomacy struggles to reach agreement?
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China just entered a major international climate agreement. Now comes the hard part

Under the Kigali Amendment, Chinese chemical companies must stop emitting a super-pollutant called HFC-23. The challenges are enormous.

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China, US announce separate, major steps to combat climate change

Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the second straight year at the U.N. General Assembly.
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Xi Jinping anuncia en la ONU que China dejará de financiar centrales de carbón en el extranjero

El mandatario apuesta por la cooperación, denuncia el militarismo y asegura que las intervenciones para imponer la democracia no funcionan.

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China is key to saving the planet from climate change. But it can't quit coal

As the world's largest carbon emitter, home to 1.4 billion people and a still-expanding economy, China's strategy for cutting emissions could be the most important factor in whether countries are able to prevent irreversible and catastrophic damage to the Earth.

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UN to world leaders: To curtail warming, you must do more

Pressure keeps building on increasingly anxious world leaders to ratchet up efforts to fight climate change. There's more of it coming this week in one of the highest-profile forums of all — the United Nations.

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China ramps up efforts to tackle plastic pollution with five-year action plan

China will ramp up its efforts to phase out single-use plastics, boost recycling and promote alternatives to plastic in the next five years in a bid to curb pollution and meet the country's carbon neutrality targets.

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What ancient Chinese roofs can tell us about climate change

A new study by researchers at Nanjing University in China suggests that there may be clues to changes in past weather conditions in buildings.

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What is China’s role in Africa’s environmental degradation?

An unintended consequence of more stringent regulations on pollution globally is how firms relocate production to places with looser environmental regulations – a phenomenon known as the pollution haven hypothesis.

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Climate change: British envoy looks forward to China’s ‘enhanced’ 2030 emissions goal

Alok Sharma, Britain's president-designate for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, arrived in China on Sunday for a three-day visit to talk about Beijing enhancing its emissions goals ahead of the summit in Glasgow in November.

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China warns Kerry climate cooperation depends on overall ties

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry heard the warning several times during a two-day trip to China; he described talks there as productive.
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China and US agree to cooperate and strengthen dialogue on climate change

China and the US have expressed willingness to cooperate and strengthen dialogue when it comes to tackling climate change. US climate envoy John Kerry is on a visit to China for talks on how to deal with global warming.
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Shocking report says air pollution is cutting years off the lives of billions of people

“Air pollution is the greatest external threat to human health on the planet.”
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US envoy John Kerry talks climate in Japan before visiting China

As the US pushes for higher climate goals ahead of the COP26 conference, Japan says it is "extremely important" to press China to further reduce its carbon emissions.
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Solar coalition: Chinese firms 'gravely' imperil U.S. clean energy

A newly formed coalition of solar companies is warning that "exploitative" Chinese trade practices could endanger U.S. clean energy goals, raising alarm bells among industry advocates even as the Biden administration has pledged to boost solar power.
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