Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report

Global greenhouse gas emissions must peak in the next four years, coal and gas-fired power plants must close in the next decade and lifestyle and behavioural changes will be needed to avoid climate breakdown, according to the leaked draft of a report from the world's leading authority on climate science.

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Adam Tooze: By pushing for more oil production, the US is killing its climate pledges

If Joe Biden is serious about tackling the climate crisis he must use his country's leverage to curb fossil fuels, not boost them.


Simon Lewis: Let’s say it without flinching - the fossil fuel industry is destroying our future

We need a three-pronged attack on fossil fuels: target the industry directly, join broad social movements to secure the political changes needed to end the fossil fuel era and make changes to reduce our demand for fossil fuels.

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UN climate report raises pressure on Biden to seize a rare moment

The US president may have only one chance to pass legislation to confront the crisis: 'We can't wait'

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Worst polluting countries must make drastic carbon cuts, says COP26 chief

Alok Sharma says chance to limit worst impacts of climate breakdown 'still achievable, but retreating fast.'


The IPCC report is clear: nothing short of transforming society will avert catastrophe

Achieving net zero will require action from everyone – and a renewed emphasis on science and innovation, says Patrick Vallance, the UK government chief scientific adviser
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Boris Johnson accused of climate crisis complacency after IPCC report

Boris Johnson has been accused of climate crisis complacency after the publication of the warning from UN scientists that rising carbon emissions have already caused "irreversible" environmental change.


World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat

The fires, floods and extreme weather seen around the world in recent months are just a foretaste of what can be expected if global heating takes hold, scientists say, as the world's leading authority on climate change prepares to warn of an imminent and dire risk to the global climate system.


‘Reckless’: G20 states subsidised fossil fuels by $3tn since 2015, says report

Support for coal, oil and gas remains high despite pledges to tackle climate crisis

‘Reckless’: G20 states subsidised fossil fuels by $3tn since 2015, says report

The G20 countries have provided more than $3.3tn (£2.4tn) in subsidies for fossil fuels since the Paris climate agreement was sealed in 2015, a report shows, despite many committing to tackle the crisis.

Simon Lewis: More and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans

To curtail the impacts of ever more ferocious heatwaves, reducing emissions will need to go hand in hand with adapting to the swelteringly hot world we are creating.

Climate crisis: Rich countries falling short on vow to help poorer ones

Rich countries are falling behind on their pledges to help the poor world tackle the climate crisis, new research has shown, on the eve of a meeting of the finance ministers of the G7 industrialised economies.

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study

New climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put the world on track for global heating of about 2.4C by – the end of the century, research has found.

Sea level rise could be worse than feared, warn researchers

The rise in the sea level is likely to be faster and greater than previously thought, according to researchers who say recent predictions are inconsistent with historical data.


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With Trump no longer a threat, there is a sense of optimism around what the accord could achieve – but only if countries meet their targets.

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