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Negotiators work through the night to salvage U.N. climate summit

15 Dec 2019

MADRID Negotiators worked into the early hours of Sunday to try to salvage a strong global commitment to fight climate change after some of the most vulnerable nations said they were being sidelined at a marathon U.N. summit in Madrid.

Anger erupts at U.N. climate summit as major economies resist bold action

14 Dec 2019

MADRID Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a U.N. summit in Madrid limped towards a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures devastating people and the natural world.

Fate of global climate action 'in the balance' as U.N. talks go down to wire

14 Dec 2019

MADRID Big polluting countries faced last-ditch pressure from smaller nations to show serious commitment to fighting climate change as negotiators battled into the early hours of Saturday to salvage a result from a fraught U.N. summit in Madrid.

Talk is just more hot air as emissions keep rising, climate activists tell politicians

13 Dec 2019

MADRID, Dec 13 Climate activists demanded that governments put science above narrow political interests on Friday as negotiators battled to secure stronger commitments on the last day of a U.N. summit aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic global warming.

Island states, threatened by disasters, demand urgent action at U.N. climate talks

13 Dec 2019

MADRID Island nations at risk of being erased from the map by rising seas accused rich countries of losing sight of the urgency of the climate crisis on Thursday as a marathon U.N. summit in Madrid entered its final stretch.

At climate talks, Japan's Koizumi confronts critics over coal

11 Dec 2019

MADRID Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Wednesday that global criticism of his country's "addiction to coal" was hitting home, but warned he had yet to win wider government buy-in for his hopes of weaning the country off fossil fuels.

Europe launches 'Green Deal' as Thunberg denounces climate inaction

11 Dec 2019

BRUSSELS/MADRID Europe sought on Wednesday to bolster the world's faltering battle against climate change with its "Green Deal" to slash fossil fuel dependence, while teen activist Greta Thunberg rebuked global leaders for dragging their feet. | Video

At climate talks, Japan's Koizumi confronts critics over coal

11 Dec 2019

MADRID Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Wednesday that global criticism of his country's "addiction to coal" was hitting home, but warned he had yet to win wider government buy-in for his hopes of weaning the country off fossil fuels.

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

10 Dec 2019

MADRID 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. | Video

Madrid climate negotiators seek to break deadlock on role of carbon markets

10 Dec 2019

LONDON/MADRID Negotiations on how carbon markets can be used by countries to meet their global warming goals under the Paris accord go down to the wire this week as United Nations climate talks enter their final days in Madrid.

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