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Iraqi PM promises action to tackle crippling climate change

BAGHDAD— Iraq’s prime minister Sunday promised sweeping measures to tackle climate change — which has affected millions across the country — including plans to meet a third of the country’s electricity demands using renewable energy. Climate change for years has compounded the woes of the troubled country. Droughts and increased water salinity have destroyed crops, animals …

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India warns global north to avoid ‘profiteering’ from climate crisis

‘Greenwashing, abrogating historical responsibilities and protectionism need to be stopped’ The environment minister of India urged his “friends from the global north” to refrain from “profiteering” on the climate catastrophe and warned against using greenwashing and conventional solutions. On Sunday, Bhupender Yadav reminded the global north that the climate crisis was distinct from other global …

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UN ocean treaty talks resume with goal to save biodiversity

United Nations members gather Monday in New York to resume efforts to forge a long-awaited and elusive treaty to safeguard the world’s marine biodiversity. Nearly two-thirds of the ocean lies outside national boundaries on the high seas where fragmented and unevenly enforced rules seek to minimize human impacts. The goal of the U.N. meetings, running …

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It’s possible to reach net-zero carbon emissions. Here’s how

Cutting carbon dioxide emissions to curb climate change is possible but not easy. Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez saw the future of energy on a broiling-hot day last September. An email alert hit her inbox from the San Diego Gas & Electric Company. “Extreme heat straining the grid,” read the message, which was also pinged as a text …

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In Effort to ‘Move the Needle,’ UN Chief Announces Special Summit on Climate Crisis

“No exceptions. No compromises,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “There will be no room for back-sliders, greenwashers, blame-shifters, or repackaging of announcements of previous years.” UNSecretary-General António Guterres announced Monday that he will convene a “no-nonsense” Climate Ambition Summit next year amid mounting frustration with world leaders’ refusal to phase out fossil fuels and …

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Historic biodiversity agreement reached at UN conference

MONTREAL — Negotiators reached a historic deal at a U.N. biodiversity conference early Monday that would represent the most significant effort to protect the world’s lands and oceans and provide critical financing to save biodiversity in the developing world. The global framework comes on the day the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, or COP15, is set …

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Cop27 agrees historic ‘loss and damage’ fund for climate impact in developing countries

Deal is hailed as potential turning point that acknowledges vast inequities of climate crisis. Developing countries celebrated on Sunday morning as crucial climate talks ended with a “historic” deal on their most cherished climate goal: a global fund for “loss and damage”, providing financial assistance to poor nations stricken by climate disaster. Sameh Shoukry, the …

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