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Climate Conference Notebook: fatigue creeps in near finish line

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland’s coal mining district. Participants take part in plenary session during COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel Read More

Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led U.N. talks

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Delegates at U.N. climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80 percent of the country’s electricity. FILE PHOTO: General view of a coking plant in the city of Bytom Silesia November 22, Read More

Ministers work around the clock to strengthen global climate deal

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational, with one day of talks remaining. Participants take part in plenary session during COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel Delegates from Read More

With friends like these who needs enemies? China makes Canada pay for playing US lackey

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The wars of words between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau may have grabbed headlines, but Canada has always remained a faithful US ally, apparently believing it’s a safe bet. The strategy, however, has backfired. Trump’s presidency has been marked by a continued row with Canada’s ‘liberal’ Trudeau, which was fueled by a US trade dispute Read More

U.N. climate talks produce draft text in final push

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Negotiators from nearly 200 countries produced a draft text on Thursday on how to implement the Paris Agreement on combating global warming, but some disputes remain with only one day left before the official end of the conference. Participants take part in plenary session during COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 Read More

France's EDF faces delay in Brazil dam over clearing trees

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – A consortium led by Electricité de France SA is ready to fill the reservoir of a hydroelectric dam built in Brazil’s soy belt, but could be delayed by a year over removal of trees from the area to be flooded, the company and state officials said. FILE PHOTO: Virgin Amazon rain forest Read More

Britain willing to host U.N. climate talks in 2020: minister

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Minister of State for Energy Claire Perry arrives in Downing Street, London, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Britain is willing to host United Nations climate talks in 2020, the country’s energy minister said on Thursday, as it seeks to establish a lead role in the fight against global Read More

U.S. forecaster sees 90 percent chance of El Niño in winter

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(Reuters) – There is a 90 percent chance of the El Niño weather pattern emerging during the northern hemisphere winter 2018-19, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday. “The official forecast favors the formation of a weak El Niño,” the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in a monthly forecast. The expectation Read More

Green power on track to overtake coal in Germany by year end

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Green energy is on track to overtake coal as Germany’s main power source this year, with renewables set to cover a record 38 percent of the country’s electricity consumption, two percent up from 2017, two energy industry groups said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A wind turbine used to generate electricity near the Read More

Maldives tells U.N. climate talks: 'We are not prepared to die'

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – The Maldives will do all in its power to keep “our heads above water”, the head of its delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday in an impassioned appeal for nations to overcome their divisions over how to tackle global warming. FILE PHOTO: Maldives’ former president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during Read More