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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?
A worker moves car batteries at Xinwangda Electric Vehicle Battery Co. Ltd., which makes lithium batteries for electric cars and other uses, in Nanjing, China, on March 12, 2021. Photo: Str / AFP
A worker moves car batteries at Xinwangd... […]

Europe eyes lithium ‘white gold’ rush as cars go green

Europe wants to expand its lithium mining and refining capacity and wean itself off imports as the "white gold" becomes a vital resource in the fight against climate change
There is no formal organisation tasked with making sure individual nations are on track to make sure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP
There is no formal organisation tasked w... […]

Who will be the judge of countries’ climate plans?

Countries have until the end of 2022 to ensure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. But who will check that their promises really do stack up?
"Adaptation costs are significantly higher than previously estimated, resulting in a growing 'adaptation finance gap'," said an executive summary of the draft IPCC report. Photo: Ashraf Shazly / AFP
"Adaptation costs are significantly high... […]

World needs trillions to face climate threat: draft UN report

Helping vulnerable nations cope with the multiplier effect of climate change will require trillions of dollars, not the billions now on the table at COP26, a draft UN report reveals
Locals stand by a damaged road between Beira and Chimoio in central Mozambique on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by Cyclone Idai. Photo: Adrien Barbier / AFP
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Hard hit nations demand ‘loss and damage’ help at COP26

While COP26 struggles to rustle up promised funding to help vulnerable states prepare for future climate impacts, nations already reeling from disaster are demanding separate money for "loss and damage"
Youth activists protest against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
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Good COP, bad COP: UN climate meet praised and panned

The COP26 climate talks resuming Monday have so far unfolded on parallel planes, with high-level announcements stage-managed by host Britain riding roughshod over a laborious UN process built on consensus
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