Tag: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far North and, according to the Belgian climate scientist Xavier Fettweis, melting some 40 billion tons […]

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Trump Is Abandoning America’s Future by Quitting the Paris Climate Accord

President Trump made good on his promise this week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This wasn’t a surprise. But it still baffles us. Try as we might, we cannot see how America’s interests are served by this decision. Our climate emergency does not respect borders. California’s forest fires will not burn less fiercely, […]

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With a Nudge From Trump, 2020 Democrats Return to Climate Change

President Trump’s decision on Monday to begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement prompted outrage from the Democratic presidential candidates, who may try to use the existential threat of climate change to motivate voters. Politically, fighting climate change is particularly important to young voters, who will live to see its worst […]

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Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, as Diplomats Plot to Save It

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations on Monday that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, leaving global climate diplomats to plot a way forward without the cooperation of the […]

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Spain Agrees to Host Key Climate Talks After Chile Pulls Out

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Madrid has offered to hold the next United Nations climate talks, the leaders of Spain and Chile announced on Thursday. The announcement came a day after Chile said it could not host the event because of intensifying protests in the […]

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Chile, Rocked by Unrest, Withdraws From Hosting Climate and Trade Summits

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. President Sebastián Piñera of Chile said on Wednesday that his country, which has been rocked by a wave of recent protests, was not in a position to host a key United Nations climate change meeting and major Asia-Pacific trade summit […]

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Extinction Rebellion Is Creating a New Narrative of the Climate Crisis

“Everybody knows the boat is leaking, everybody knows the captain lied,” Leonard Cohen once sang. In spite of decades of scientific data proving human-caused climate change, we are still spellbound by a story of enlightened progress. Our high-carbon culture is underpinned by a belief system that tells us we are in control of nature and […]

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Trump Administration to Begin Official Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing the formal withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to three people briefed on the matter, a long expected move that nevertheless remains a powerful signal to the world. The official action sets in motion a withdrawal that still would take a […]

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Why Is a Secretive Billionaire Buying Up the Cayman Islands?

One humid Tuesday in July, I summited the highest point on Grand Cayman, an eight-story dump known affectionately by the locals as Mount Trashmore. From the top of the foul mound — a collection of almost every piece of garbage discarded on the island since it went all-in on financial services in the 1960s — […]

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Fashion’s Latest Trend: Eco Bragging Rights

Of all the trends that emerged from fashion month, the four-week-long circuit of ready-to-wear shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris that ended last week, the one that trumped all others was neither a skirt length nor a color nor a borrowed reference. It dominated runways in every single city; it became so ubiquitous […]

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The United Nations General Assembly: Live Updates

Day 1 of speeches at the General Assembly: Leading off the day: four bombastic presidents, bookended by Brexit’s chief advocate. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain during the Climate Action Summit. The summit meeting was held at the United Nations ahead of the General Assembly plenary.   CreditTimothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Trump […]

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Oil Giants, Under Fire From Climate Activists and Investors, Mount a Defense

From the deck of a boat in New York harbor, the chief executive of Equinor squinted toward a stretch of sea where his oil company will soon build a giant wind farm. “We are doing all we can” to fight climate change, said the executive, Eldar Saetre. Hours later, at a hotel where Mr. Saetre […]

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Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win

Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires […]

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Amazon Pledges to Be Carbon Neutral by 2040

WASHINGTON — Amazon committed on Thursday to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule and be carbon neutral by 2040, in the company’s most ambitious push yet to combat climate change. Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive, said that the promises are part of a new effort called the […]

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5 Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall

CNN hosted back-to-back town halls Wednesday on global warming.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times Over a marathon seven hours on Wednesday, 10 of the Democratic presidential candidates participated in back-to-back CNN town hall events on climate change, fielding questions from audience members and several of the network’s top anchors. It was something of a […]

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The Climate Activist and the Sea

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, represents many things to many factions in the fight to slow human-driven global warming. Some see her as a manipulated totem. Others, as a hero. I’m among those who see great value in Thunberg’s sharp prod to the status quo, though I see the greatest value in climate […]

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6 Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing

ImageThe Trump administration has undone dozens of environmental regulations since Mr. Trump took office in January 2017.CreditClockwise from top left: Mike Blake/Reuters; Katie Orlinsky for NYT; Brandon Thibodeaux for NYT; Jennifer Strickland/USFWS; Jim Wilson/NYT; Al Drago/NYT; Brandon Thibodeaux for NYT; Alex Goodlett for NYT The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a […]

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Greta Thunberg, Teenage Climate Activist, Reaches New York by Boat

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Her protests on Fridays demanding action on climate change have inspired children to demonstrate in some 100 cities. Her admonitions to grown-ups to “tell it like it is” have won her an invitation to speak at the United Nations […]

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As the Amazon Burns, Europe Leads the Charge on Climate

PARIS — As the Amazon burned and the world faced an ecological disaster, President Emmanuel Macron of France bluntly criticized Brazil’s leader this week and threatened to kill a major trade deal between Europe and Brazil. President Trump, on the other hand, posted a Tweet only Friday evening, saying that the United States was ready […]

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