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Vulnerable nations call on G20 to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2020

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Australian fund considering Adani loan ‘obsessed with secrecy’

An Australian government fund has been accused of an unsanctioned obsession with secrecy after refusing multiple Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about a proposed giant...

Weekly wrap: Coal-free Britain and US indecision

It’s a fresh spring day in Britain, with no whiff of coal smoke on the breeze.Yes, the birthplace of the industrial revolution is headed...

UK set for first coal-free work day since pre-industrial times

Friday is set to be Britain’s first working day without coal power generation since the industrial revolution, according to the grid operator.It follows coal-free periods in...

Energy efficiency becomes breakthrough climate issue in French election

Energy efficiency has made a surprise breakthrough in the French presidential race, with all four leading candidates setting out ambitious renovation programmes to cut emissions...

China’s plan to cut shipping emissions

Every year, over 60% of the world’s seaborne cargoes and 30% of the world’s shipping containers pass through China’s ports, creating an air pollution problem Beijing...

EU should block Nord Stream 2 on climate grounds

The EU is getting cold feet on a planned gas pipeline from Russia. Eastern European countries have raised objections and Denmark is considering changing...

‘We are praying it rains soon’ – Nairobi on severe water rations

Four months of water rations and a prolonged drought have left residents of the Kenyan capital Nairobi grappling with dry taps in their homes and offices. Since 1...

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