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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 will be ‘failure’ without new climate fund, says Vanuatu

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – The Pacific island state of Vanuatu will consider the COP27 climate talks “a failure” if they conclude without a new fund for vulnerable countries to tackle “loss and damage” fuelled by global warming, its climate change minister said. Ralph Regenvanu said Vanuatu was the first nation to introduce the term “loss …

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In Egypt, host of COP27, a small step toward green energy

BENBAN, Egypt — From a distance, the endless landscape of solar panels stretching toward the horizon can easily be mistaken for crops nearing harvest. But here in the desert in southern Egypt, workers have been cultivating another precious commodity: electricity. After the sun strikes the photovoltaic solar panels, a thermal charge generates electricity that runs …

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Mexico ups target for cutting emissions, boosting renewables

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Mexico announced Saturday it’s raising its target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the rollout of renewable energy, though it remains a regional laggard on climate action. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico would aim to reduce emissions by 35% compared to doing nothing by 2030. That’s up from an …

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California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures

After lobbying by the governor, lawmakers adopted $54 billion in climate spending and voted to keep open the state’s last nuclear plant. California, with an economy that ranks as the world’s fifth-largest, embarked this week on its most aggressive effort yet to confront climate change, after lawmakers passed a flurry of bills designed to cut …

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New Zealand releases its first national plan to protect against climate-driven disasters

Climate minister says the aim is to equip people ‘so that when climate events occur their lives can continue’ New Zealand has released its first national plan to prepare for the floods, fires and rising seas it expects to be unleashed by the climate crisis in the coming years. Climate minister James Shaw, releasing the …

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As heatwaves blanket Europe, cities turn to nature for solutions

Heat records continue to topple across the globe as concurrent heatwaves bake multiple countries. From the United States to Europe and China to Japan, extreme temperatures have soared for weeks, killing hundreds of people, sparking wildfires in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece and displacing thousands of residents, as many seek refuge in public cooling …

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4th edition of Africa Climate talks kicks off as the continent endures damaging weather events

African nations opened climate talks in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Wednesday to identify their priorities and come up with a common position ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Egypt in November, known as COP27. The meeting is jointly organized by the United Nations, African Union, African Development Bank and the civil society …

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Old cars forced off road as Europe’s clean air zones nearly double

Low-emission zones, now in 320 cities, are increasing as EU battles pollution health emergency The number of clean air zones across Europe has risen 40% since 2019, forcing older and more polluting vehicles off the road, according to new research based on EU data. Low-emission zones (LEZs) have now been introduced in 320 European city …

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