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.
Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost.
Insurance, a basic necessity for any business, is becoming increasingly expensive for some coal and oil sands companies. That's because a growing number of insurers are refusing to underwrite companies involved with producing or transporting the most emissions-intensive fossil fuels.
China has shrunk its coal power projects pipeline by 74 per cent since committing to the Paris Agreement on climate change, but it should do more to curb new construction, according to a think tank that has called for a total ban on new projects.
Researchers who estimate how much of the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves should be left unburned to slow the increase in climate-changing gases in the atmosphere have come up with a new, bigger estimate of how much should be left in the ground.
A senior UN official has warned the climate crisis will "wreak havoc" across the Australian economy if coal is not rapidly phased out, and joined those explicitly calling for the Morrison government to adopt more ambitious emissions reduction goals.
The largest electric cooperative utility in Minnesota has announced that it wants to end its membership with the power plant operator Great River Energy, a move that follows a clash over whether to sell, or close, a large coal-fired power plant in North Dakota.