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Obama’s climate change envoy: fossil fuels will have to stay in the ground

Smoking chimney emitting pollution

Todd Stern claims the world will have to forgo developing reserves of oil, coal and gas in order to solve global warming

25 Nov 2014

International talks fuel hopes of HFC crackdown

An air conditioner

But Gulf States continue to resist calls for extension to Montreal Protocol, as Indian government insists it will drive a hard bargain

25 Nov 2014

Rich countries pledge $9.3bn to help poorer nations cope with climate change

Solarcentury solar farm at tea plantation in Kenya

Green Climate Fund pledging conference in Berlin falls just short of $10bn target

20 Nov 2014

UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries

Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against 'little Englander' approach as donation to UN's Green Climate Fund announced

20 Nov 2014

UN: World must achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2100

Report warns global CO2 emissions may have to hit zero soon after the middle of the century if world is to stay within 2C temperature rise

19 Nov 2014

Rich countries 'backsliding' on climate finance

$10bn pledged for Green Climate Fund to help countries cope with global warming falls short of original commitment, say UN observers

18 Nov 2014

Five sources of encouragement for green businesses from the G20 Summit

The G20 yesterday promised 'strong and effective' climate action, despite opposition from Australia - BusinessGreen looks at the key implications of the latest climate commitments

17 Nov 2014

US and China agree to act on climate change: the reaction

BusinessGreen runs down the responses from key figures in the political, business and NGO sectors

12 Nov 2014

10 lessons for the green economy from the US Midterms

A Republican-controlled Congress spells bad news for the green economy and UN climate change talks, but will it prove as disastrous as some environmentalists fear

05 Nov 2014

Tackling deforestation can help your business build a powerful brand

Karin Burns calls on more companies to embrace REDD+ to increase the economic value of forests

29 Oct 2014

BusinessGreen Zero Deforestation Hub

News and analysis exploring the challenges businesses face as they seek to tackle global deforestation

27 Oct 2014

Shipping emissions could grow 250 per cent by 2050

Industry's contribution to global CO2 output fell following global slowdown, but is set to rise significantly unless action is taken

24 Oct 2014

Businesses should be 'forced' to report environmental impacts, says former UN chief

Failure to quantify economic costs of biodiversity losses are undermining efforts to protect it

16 Oct 2014

New York Climate Summit: Stress Testing more than just the announcements

As the dust settles on last month's events in New York there's a lot of talk of tipping points for the climate and sustainability agenda - Have we crossed one for financial reporting, asks PwC's Malcolm Preston

15 Oct 2014

Ocean acidification to cost global economy $1tr by 2100

UN study says raised CO2 levels are increasing acidity, leading to the breakdown of essential natural processes

08 Oct 2014

It is clearly the politicians who have let us all down

As David Cameron declares once again that he is leading the 'greenest government ever', Charles Perry of Anthesis Group argues politicians need to do far more to deliver genuine climate action

30 Sep 2014

Climate march: Ethos, pathos, and a new impetus for change

Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett reflects on the implications of last week's inspiring marches

29 Sep 2014

UN climate chief: New York Summit is 'clearly not enough'

Christiana Figueres backs scathing critique by Graça Machel who accused world leaders of failing to grasp the full challenge of climate change

26 Sep 2014

Leaders under fire for failure to attend post-UN climate summit meetings

Greg Barker, David Cameron’s former top climate change aide, criticises heads of state for no-show at New York dinner

25 Sep 2014

Four reasons why the UN Climate Summit was a success

The direction of travel in favour of bold climate action has never been clearer - the savviest businesses and investors are taking note

24 Sep 2014

UN: more efficient equipment could save $350bn a year

New Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership launched to promote worldwide shift to energy efficient devices

24 Sep 2014

David Cameron: 'Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world'

David Cameron's New York climate speech - in full

23 Sep 2014

Cameron warns world must "act now" to deliver legally-binding climate treaty

Prime Minister urges EU to commit to deep emissions cuts and calls on world leaders to support green businesses and tear down clean tech trade barriers

23 Sep 2014

UK government teams up with big business for £144m deforestation crackdown

Two major new international schemes aim to help businesses develop sustainable forest supply chains

23 Sep 2014

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