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U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change in draft communique, diplomats say

The United States is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world's financial leaders, G20 diplomats said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are considering including it as a risk factor to growth.

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Fires and climate fears rattle Australia's giant coal lobby

As bushfires and floods fuel public concerns in Australia about global warming, the country's powerful mining lobby is facing increasing pressure from investors to drop support for new coal mines, according to a dozen interviews with shareholders in global mining companies.

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Factbox: IMO 2020 - a major shake-up for oil and shipping

Tougher rules on sulfur emissions from ships will come into effect next year in the biggest shake-up for the oil and shipping industries for decades.

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Political heat is on for 2020 climate deadline after lukewarm Madrid talks

The unwillingness of some big carbon-emitting countries to clean up their act at this month's U.N. climate talks suggests Britain faces political heavy-lifting to make a success of next year's make-or-break summit in Scotland, analysts have warned.

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U.S. must fix relations with China to combat climate change - Michael Bloomberg rs

A future U.S. government will have to rebuild relations with China to revive international efforts to combat climate change, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is running for president, said on Tuesday.

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EU 'will not hesitate' to protect its industry over carbon: Commissioner

The European Union will not hesitate to take steps to protect its industries from competitors who do not respect the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global warming, the EU's top climate official said on Monday.

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Italy to tax plastic and sugar, angering producers

Italy's 2020 budget will include new taxes on plastic and sugary drinks designed to raise 1.3 billion euros, government officials said on Monday, prompting protests from producers.

Climate

Cities to step up at U.N. to push climate fight, sustainable development

As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations.

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Closer to average weather patterns to prevail through winter as El Niño fades: U.S. CPC

Amid waning El Niño conditions, weather patterns are expected to be closer to average through the Northern Hemisphere winter of 2019-20, with "ENSO-neutral conditions" having a 50%-55% chance of continuing during the season, a U.S. government weather forecaster says.

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Greenpeace activists block BP London HQ demanding end to oil exploration

Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to BP's London headquarters on Monday, demanding one of the world's biggest energy companies ends all new oil and gas exploration or goes out of business.

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A new 'climate strike': Opting for no children as climate fears grow

German schoolteacher Verena Brunschweiger is part of a growing movement of women and young people who have vowed not to have a families out of concern about a looming climate change crisis.

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Shell urges Trump White House to tighten methane leak rules

Royal Dutch Shell urged U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production, instead of weakening them as planned.

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Like predecessor, Trump's new EPA pick favors meetings with industry

Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's pick to run the agency permanently, held nearly 20 times more meetings with industry representatives than with conservationists during his first two months on the job, according to a copy of his schedule.

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Big Oil spent 1 percent on green energy in 2018

Top oil and gas companies jointly spent around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, but investments by Europe's giants vastly outpaced their U.S. and Asian rivals, a study showed.

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Big Oil outspends billionaires in Washington state carbon tax fight

The U.S. oil industry has spent a record $30 million to fight a ballot measure in Washington state that would create the nation's first carbon tax, double what an alliance of green groups and billionaire activists has spent to support it.

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