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Interactive: How climate finance ‘flows’ around the world

Climate finance is one of the bedrocks of negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the... Read More

Policy | Dec 6. 2018.
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Q&A: What next for UK capacity market after surprise EU ruling?

The UK capacity market, the main government policy for “keeping the lights on”, has been rendered illegal after a surprise EU court ruling issued... Read More

UK policy | Nov 22. 2018.

In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on climate change at 1.5C

Earlier today in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its long-awaited special report on 1.5C. ... Read More

IPCC | Oct 8. 2018.
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Q&A: How 'integrated assessment models' are used to study climate change

Working out the best ways to tackle climate change is one of the key challenges facing policymakers both today and in the decades ahead. ... Read More

Explainers | Oct 2. 2018.
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Q&A: Why cement emissions matter for climate change

If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world. ... Read More

Emissions | Sep 13. 2018.
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In-depth: UK can go low-carbon ‘at no extra cost’, say infrastructure advisors

The UK can have low-carbon electricity, heat and transport in 2050 at the same cost as today’s high-carbon energy system. ... Read More

UK policy | Jul 10. 2018.
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Explainer: How scientists estimate ‘climate sensitivity’

The sensitivity of the Earth’s climate to increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration is a question that sits at the heart of climate science. ... Read More

Climate sensitivity | Jun 19. 2018.
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Explainer: Six ideas to limit global warming with solar geoengineering

Scientists agree that cutting global greenhouse emissions as soon as possible will be key to tackling global warming. But, with global emissions still... Read More

Geoengineering | May 9. 2018.
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Video: All you need to know about the shipping sector’s new climate deal

Last week countries agreed to a new emissions reduction target for the shipping sector, as part of a wider climate deal. ... Read More

Explainers | Apr 17. 2018.
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Explainer: These six metals are key to a low-carbon future

The deployment of renewables and electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket as the world strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read More

Technology | Apr 12. 2018.
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In-depth: Will countries finally agree a climate deal for shipping?

Update 13/4/2018 – Countries today agreed to a climate deal on international shipping. The "initial strategy" aims to peak and decline shipping... Read More

International policy | Apr 6. 2018.
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