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U.S. accused of delaying progress at Bonn climate talks

Trigg Talley

United Nations climate change talks inched slightly closer to finalising a rule book on how to implement the Paris Agreement, in spite of continued U.S. intransigence across a host of technical and political issues. With only a few years before the window of opportunity to meet the 1.5 temperature target closes, civil society groups had advocated for progress on a number ...

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No new GCF money under Trump – U.S. diplomat

Trigg Talley

A top U.S. diplomat has said that America will no longer deliver money to help poor countries deal with the impacts of climate change. The decision is no surprise domestically. Republicans have long made clear that the Green Climate Fund (GCF) won’t see another dime of U.S. money under the Trump administration. But the comments of U.S. Deputy Special Envoy ...

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U.S. exiting Paris Agreement described as ‘crime against the future’

May Boeve

Momentum has continued to grow daily within the administration of U.S. president, Donald Trump, which is considering the idea of withdrawing the country from the Paris Climate Agreement. Reactions are however trailing the much-talked-about development, whose outcome observers consider crucial to the future of the global treaty that has so far been ratified by 144 countries. U.S.-based not-for-profit environmental organisation, ...

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Malaria ravages U.S., healthcare costs skyrocket

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According to researchers, Americans are traveling more often to countries with malaria but have stopped short of taking necessary precautions  Though transmission of malaria was wiped out in the United States decades ago and infections are falling in parts of the developing world, malaria hospitalisations and deaths in the U.S. appear to be far more common than generally appreciated as ...

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World Earth Day: Nations stand up for science

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On a rainy Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Washington DC – on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day and the one-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord – tens of thousands of scientists, students, environmental activists and families concerned about a viable future for their children turned out on the National Mall as part of a worldwide protest to defend ...

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Paris Agreement: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP want U.S. to stay

Paris Agreement

As U.S. President Donald Trump this week decides the fate of the Paris Agreement on climate change, some unexpected but powerful forces are urging Mr President not to abandon the 2015 deal brokered among more than 175 nations. Surprisingly, it’s the big oil companies who are vocally supporting the climate agreement, joining others in the administration that include Secretary of ...

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Poll: Voters say U.S. should participate in Paris Agreement

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In December 2015, officials from 197 countries (nearly every country in the world) met in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) and negotiated a global agreement to limit global warming. On Earth Day, April 2016, the U.S. and 174 other countries signed the agreement, with most of the others following suit since then. On Friday, Politico reported that President ...

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Solar emerges largest source of new energy in U.S.

Renewable energy

Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year; almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. Solar energy information, Solar water heater, Alternative energy sources. Solar panels on rooftops and fields accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, according to ...

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Wind energy surpasses hydroelectric power in U.S., coal in Europe

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The wind certainly blows across the world and, not unexpectedly, its impact is being felt – and in more ways than one. In America, wind power has achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity, according to a new report released last Thursday (February 9, 2017) by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind surpassed hydropower ...

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Trump voters support action on climate, clean energy

George-Mason-Centre

U.S. President Donald Trump has questioned the reality of global warming and cast doubt on America’s participation in global efforts to address the problem. Using data from a recent survey titled: “Climate Change in the American Mind” and conducted after the election, the Centre for Climate Change Communication of the George Mason University in the U.S. assessed Trump voters’ views about global ...

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