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Cop21: Paris Climate Conference

Paris has played host to the biggest UN talks on tackling global warming and curbing emissions since the ill-fated Copenhagen summit in 2009.

After two weeks of discussions - involving negotiators from nearly 200 countries - envoys agreed an international accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions that marks a turning point in more than 20 years of efforts to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

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Warning of ‘urgent’ action to capture carbon

Committee says government might have to expand emissions efforts

Clean energy growth too slow, warns UN

Risk of missing climate targets because of under-investment

Humans blamed for extreme weather

Global temperatures to rise by symbolic 1C this year

Miners face pressure on Paris climate deal

Investor group urges greater disclosure at Rio, Anglo and Glencore

No changes needed to meet climate goals

Relaxed private view contrasts with public utterances

Climate obstacles emerge within hours

Politicians and business play down impact of Paris accord

Power of seeing through the smog

Teeth of climate accord could lie in demands for transparency

Climate deal challenges dawn on capitals

Governments face pressure to accelerate carbon reduction policies

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 3: People commute amidst smog on a cold morning on November 3, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Air quality in surrounding areas of Delhi has dropped dramatically due to practice of burning of crop residues. According to reports, satellite image from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) website recently showed fire spots, which denote blazes on the ground, all across Punjab and parts of northern Haryana. Deterioration in air quality is aggravating respiratory problems. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Big polluters see no short-term change

Accord unlikely to change investment objectives, says industry

COP 21: Fabius lauded for success

Whole French diplomatic corps mobilised to help seal deal


Climate deal: Carbon dated?

Paris accord will not solve global warming but may spur renewable energy funding and hit fossil fuels

James Ferguson illustration depicting the Paris talks on climate change
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Paris summit is one small step forward

The accord goes further than the world could have expected a year ago but not as far as it needs to

wind farm at dusk

Together we’ll fight climate change

A framework for confronting the challenge of global warming

Collaboration key to climate targets

Governments, local and national, must work with private sector, writes Nicholas Stern

Hail the Paris accord and start work

The urgent, long overdue challenge of implementation now begins, writes Jeffrey Sachs

World powers are aligned in Paris

An agreement is needed to prevent countries from freeriding on others’ efforts, writes Jeffrey Sachs

Trillions on carbon curbs is immoral

Spending money that way, while billions lack basic necessities, is wrong, writes Bjorn Lomborg

As Paris begins

See climate policy as opportunity for profitable investment

Paris talks aim to avoid carbon disaster

Time is running out to agree a deal to curb the risks of rising global temperatures

Climate talks: High pressure in Paris

As fears grow over the outcome of UN talks, the hard work will focus on how to hold nations to their pledges

Solar panels in Clark County, Nevada, where First Solar is constructing a 2,000-acre facility with more than 3 million panels
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Sunshine revolution

From the US to China, solar power is poised to tackle climate change and shake up the electricity industry

Carbon capture illustration
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Carbon capture: Just hot air?

Billions have been spent on schemes to deal with CO2 emissions but expectations have not been met

Illustration by Patrick Morgan of Christiana Figueres
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Christiana Figueres, UN official

Can the UN’s top climate change official save the world from catastrophe?

The potential of Paris

The ever-stronger economic case for addressing climate change


James Ferguson illustration
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Le Pen, climate and defeat of nationalism

The contest between nationalists and internationalists is playing out the world over

Ingram Pinn illustration, Price Petrol

Beijing’s smog is a symptom of corruption

China can no longer ignore the fact that citizens wear face masks to avoid inhaling poisonous dust

Paris and the challenge of climate equity

Summit must reframe action as an opportunity not a threat to wealth

Energy groups face Kodak moment

Fossil-fuel producers still expect growth in their old businesses, inviting disruption

Paris and prosperity for poorer nations

Justice demands that carbon curbs should not limit poorer nations’ ability to grow, writes Narendra Modi

Nicholas Stern

Tough action on carbon offers a bright future

Nicholas Stern argues the economic benefits of tackling emissions

Focus on science could recast energy supply

After the failures of Kyoto and Copenhagen, Paris will raise awareness but will not produce solutions

Ingram Pinn illustration
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Climate uncertainty justifies action

Environmental challenge is a problem of insuring against the chance of catastrophe

We need incentives to save the climate

Green finance should focus on drawing in private capital to clean tech, writes Henry Paulson

Climate deal in Paris need not be binding

It is more important that a political pact drives energy investment

China takes global climate change lead

Beijing’s commitments on the environment should be praised