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14 05 2021 | 10:01

Kenya emissions trading plan at advanced stage, says finance minister.

Carbon credits system to be managed through national carbon credits and green assets registry Nairobi  — Kenya aims to set up an emissions trading system that will allow companies and other bodies…

10 05 2021 | 14:29

China’s emissions now exceed all developed countries combined.

It's a massive country with massive emissions. It’s a powerhouse for renewable energy, but it still heavily relies on coal plants. It has committed to being carbon neutral by 2060 but presented no…

10 05 2021 | 11:24

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership.

In this extract, top atmospheric scientist Dave Lowe explains why despite political inaction he believes we can build a sustainable future.

10 05 2021 | 11:12

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study.

Rise is a 0.2C improvement on previous forecast but still substantially above goal of Paris climate agreement. New climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put…

10 05 2021 | 10:49

Quitting coal power ‘single most important’ step in six months before Cop26, says IEA chief.

Exclusive: World must ‘drastically’ cut back on fossil fuels if serious about meeting climate goals, says Dr Fatih Birol Quitting coal-fired power is the “single most important” step the world must…

07 05 2021 | 09:53

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap.

Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at…

04 05 2021 | 11:21

Sort your greenwashing from your black carbon with The Independent’s climate jargon buster.

Live in a climate of confusion no longer. Here’s our handy guide to the essential words and terms required to understand the biggest issue facing our planet Bad things are happening and we need to…

04 05 2021 | 11:16

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion.

In the lead-up to a byelection, residents express outrage about decision, saying, ‘It’s not an expansion, it’s a whole new pit’. A coalmine in the Upper Hunter Valley has been given approval to…

04 05 2021 | 10:51

The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions.

Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system.

03 05 2021 | 07:58

Greta Thunberg Tells Congress Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must End.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attacked powerful politicians for ignoring climate change, as she called for an end to government subsidies for fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

03 05 2021 | 07:56

Why are we still using coal?

A recent report by British think tank Ember highlights the urgent need to stop using coal for power generation if we are to have any chance of meeting the targets set out in the 

03 05 2021 | 07:43

The EU wants a carbon tax on imports – but would it be the climate solution officials expect?

The European Union is considering a new tax on imports as it tries to fight climate change, and the U.S. is raising concerns about it. At issue is what’s known as a border adjustment carbon tax.

03 05 2021 | 07:24

Coal financing costs surge as investors opt for renewable energy.

Study finds returns must repay four times the payoff from clean energy investment to justify escalating risk. Coal financing costs have surged over the last decade as investors demand returns four…

03 05 2021 | 07:19

US and China commit to tackling climate crisis ‘with seriousness and urgency it demands’.

The world’s two biggest polluters have agreed to ramp up their ‘respective actions’ to combat the climate crisis. The United States and China have agreed to work with other countries to address the …

01 05 2021 | 14:05

Carbon emissions to soar in 2021 by second highest rate in history.

Global economies forecast to pour stimulus money into fossil fuels as part of Covid recovery Carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, as…

29 04 2021 | 13:45

Coronavirus Economic Recovery to Drive Second-Highest CO2 Emissions Jump on Record, IEA Warns.

One of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic was the record drop in greenhouse gas emissions following national lockdowns.

27 04 2021 | 10:38

New Financial Alliance for Net Zero Emissions Launches.

Industry-led and UN-convened Net Zero Banking Alliance also announced today, co-launched by the UNEP Finance Initiative and the Financial Services Taskforce of the Sustainable Markets Initiative

27 04 2021 | 10:23

UK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035.

  UK government to set in law world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels for the first time, UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate…

27 04 2021 | 09:57

IEA forecasts 5 per cent rise in global CO2 emissions in 2021.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecasted that global CO2 emissions will rise by 5 per cent in 2021   The International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecasted that global CO2 emissions will…

27 04 2021 | 09:57

The Oil Well Next Door: California’s Silent Health Hazard.

Unlike other oil-producing states, much of the drilling in California takes place in residential neighborhoods, often in Spanish-speaking communities. Despite mounting complaints about pollution from…