Climate change

Tackling global warming
International efforts to tackle climate change suffered a major setback when Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement aimed at curbing rising temperatures. Can the European Union, which has restated its commitment to the pact, play a global leadership role to effect change?
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir -which supplies 30% of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa - during a severe drought on September 14, 2019. Photo: Orlando Sierra / AFP
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir […]

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

New climate models show CO2 is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals out of reach, scientists have told AFP
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, OeVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (R, Green) attend the first Council of Ministers of a new government coalition of conservatives and Greens in Vienna on January 8, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, O […]

Austria’s unlikely coalition plan boasts ‘best of both worlds’

Austria's new coalition of conservatives and Greens has set out plans to make the country not only a pioneer in fighting climate change but also one that pursues anti-immigration policies
Belgian police officers walk past fire fighters and members of security evacuating Greenpeace activists and taking down a giant banner attached on the front of the European Council's building during a protest action in Brussels, on December 12, 2019 ahead of the European Summit. Photo: Aris Oikonomou /AFP
Belgian police officers walk past fire f […]

Polish holdout mars EU climate target deal

EU leaders have agreed to a target of making the bloc carbon neutral by 2050, but the deal was immediately undermined by Poland's refusal to implement the aim
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