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Global warming: Feb temperature rise ‘unprecedented’

Climate Home: February 2016 broke global temperature records, according to data released by NASA on Saturday. Global surface temperatures were 1.35C above the 1951-1980 global average for the month, a development described by experts as "an ominous milestone towards a warmer planet." "Perhaps even more remarkable is that February 2016 crushed the previous February record -- set in 1998 during the peak atmospheric influence of the 1997-98 super El Nino that`s comparable in strength to the current one -- by...

US, Canada reveal new climate change goals

Climate Home: US president Barack Obama and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will sign off on a series of climate measures when they meet on Thursday say officials. “There are a number of areas of potential co-operation,” lead US climate envoy Todd Stern told reporters in a briefing call this week. These include a commitment to “reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45% below 2012 levels by 2025 in the oil and gas sector,” he said. Further carbon slashing measures including boosting clean electricity...

Politicians face ‘difficult issues’ UN releases draft climate deal

Climate Home: Negotiators at UN talks in Paris have decided to move discussions to a new level, agreeing on a set of draft proposals for a global climate pact that will be considered by ministers when they arrive in the French capital on Sunday. The 48-page document is larger than one considered for approval on Friday night, but still a quarter of the size of a similar text presented to leaders at the ill-fated 2009 Copenhagen climate summit. China’s lead negotiator Su Wei said it was “good news” and an...

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline on climate grounds

Climate Home: US president Barack Obama is to reject plans for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, weeks ahead of a UN climate summit in Paris. The 1,179 mile long pipeline would have carried high-carbon tar sands oil from Canada to the US gulf coast and was fiercely opposed by green groups. "This morning secretary [of state] Kerry told me after extensive outreach the Keystone pipeline would not serve the national interests of the US," Obama said in a White House statement, flanked by Kerry and vice...