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Janet Yellen: Climate change poses ‘existential threat’ to financial markets

The FSOC focused on climate for the first time since Congress established the body in 2010.
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California's rooftop solar program collides with equity concerns

A pandemic-era backlash against California's yawning wealth gap is taking aim at incentives for rooftop solar panels.
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Diversify or risk unrest, oil producers warned in report

As world shifts to green energy, Iraq and Nigeria among those vulnerable to 'wave of instability'.
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Julio Berdegué: Recognizing Indigenous land rights can help fight climate change and boost economies

Indigenous and Tribal Peoples effectively and sustainably manage their territories but their protective role is increasingly at risk.
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Filipinos are cycling their way through the pandemic

When public transportation ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, cyclists from all walks of life and bikes of all shapes and size...
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Biden’s big bet: Tackling climate change will create jobs, not kill them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to "job-killing" environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would c...
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Biden’s push for electric cars: $174 billion, 10 years and a bit of luck

The president is hoping to make electric vehicles more affordable to turn a niche product into one with mass appeal.
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Study sounds latest warning of rainforest turning into savanna as climate warms

As the planet warms, it isn't just humans who are feeling the heat — trees are too. Rising temperatures are disrupting a primary engin...
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Can the EU′s climate change plan work in Southeast Asia?

The EU has earmarked millions of euros for supporting climate friendly development in Southeast Asia. But the EU's climate diplomacy in the ...
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Bill McKibben: There are no borders in a climate crisis

Greenhouse gases will still sail right across even the biggest, most beautiful wall.
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Biden’s new playbook for greening the financial system

“If it actually looks seriously like the world is gonna cut carbon emissions in half by 2030, you could, overnight, see fire sales of fossi...
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Relatively low maximum Arctic ice extent part of the 'new normal'

After an “uneventful" winter freeze, Arctic sea ice extent has passed its seasonal maximum and it is starting its annual melt, the Nat...
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Exclusive: World Bank revises climate policy but stops short of halting fossil fuel funding

A revised World Bank policy on climate change commits to making financing decisions in line with efforts to limit global warming, but stops short...
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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will lead to $11.9B in losses for Canada, study says

A new study from researchers in B.C. estimates that Canada will lose $11.9 billion because of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but ...
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G7 should double help for poorer countries to cut CO2 emissions, says UN

The world's richest G7 group of countries must double the amount of finance they are offering to poor countries to help them cut greenhouse ...
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Saudi Arabia aims for 50% renewable energy by 2030, backs huge tree planting initiative

Saudi Arabia will generate 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030 and plant 10 billion trees in coming decades, its crown prince Mohammed bin ...
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Elite minority of frequent flyers 'cause most of aviation's climate damage'

A new report, which collates data from the countries with the highest aviation emissions, shows a worldwide pattern of a small group taking a lar...
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Power drinkers - Aussie brewer offers beer for excess solar energy

How about a cool beer in exchange for your excess solar power? That's the offer from Asahi Group's Carlton and United Breweries in Aust...
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What should coal communities do when power plants shut down? Ask Germany

Last year, Germany established itself as a model when it passed two laws committing to completely phasing out coal power and providing $47.3 bill...
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Barrier Reef doomed as up to 99% of coral at risk, report finds

Unless immediate “transformative action” is taken to drastically reduce global warming, Australia is set for the destruction of its r...
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EPA chief dismisses dozens of key science advisers picked under Trump

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will dismiss outside experts appointed by President Trump from two key advisory panels, a move he says will reduc...
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