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Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

New installment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments By Michael Slazek Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office. The fund was a key aspect of

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Thousands rally on Boston Common to demand action on climate change

By Nicole Fleming Thousands rallied at Boston Common on Saturday afternoon to demand action on climate change, one of many such events across the country and world marking the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. “We are here today because there is no Planet B,” the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, minister for ecological justice at the

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Should lobbyists be excluded from climate meetings?

The influence of fossil fuel lobbyists on climate negotiations has come into the spotlight at the Bonn climate conference. But debate over their role has only just begun. By Hannah Fuchs The starting gun for next global climate conference COP23 in November went off this week in Bonn, Germany, as representatives from 196 countries gathered for

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Vulnerable Voices’ lash out as companies sway climate talks

By Hiroko Tabuchi Developing nations and environmental groups are challenging some of the world’s biggest companies and wealthiest countries over the role corporate lobbyists play in United Nations climate change negotiations. The dispute opens an additional battle in the struggle over how to fashion a global response to climate change, one that corporate interests appear

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Fossil fuel lobby could be forced to declare interests at UN talks

Developing countries score significant victory for greater transparency from outside parties at UN climate negotiations By Michael Slezak  A push from developing countries to force fossil fuel lobbyists taking part in UN climate talks to declare their conflicts of interest has won a significant battle against resistance from the world’s biggest economies including the European

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The role of industry lobbies in the climate negotiations

International negotiators meet in Bonn to discuss the legitimacy of the role given to these actors at the COPs By Simon Roger BINGO, for Business and Industry NGO, is, in French, “non-governmental organizations in business and industry.” With such an acronym, it’s no wonder some voices are wondering about the jackpot that could benefit the

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Do business groups have too much influence at Germany climate talks?

By Jed Kim This piece was originally published and aired on NPR’s Marketplace on May 8, 2017. Audio is available here. Climate talks are underway in Bonn, Germany, this week starting on Monday. There have been concerns that the new Trump administration may be overly friendly to energy companies at the cost of the environment. Some

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Oil Giant Shell Warns U.S. Not To Withdraw From Paris Accord On Climate

By Alexander Kaufman Royal Dutch Shell has issued its starkest warning yet to the Trump administration to not pull out of the Paris Agreement addressing climate change. The Anglo-Dutch oil behemoth said withdrawing from the historic 2015 deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions “would be unhelpful on a number of fronts,” sacrificing diplomatic leverage in

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U.N. examines fossil fuel influence in climate talks process

By Matt McGrath This article was originally published on BBC Science and Environment Campaigners say there should be greater scrutiny of industry bodies that are involved in UN climate talks. Environmental groups allege that fossil fuel industries are funding a number of business and industry participants in these talks. These groups should be restricted, say the

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Will Exxon pay for years of polluting and climate denialism?

For the past few months, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating ExxonMobil to determine if the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company lied to the public or investors about the risks of climate change to its future business, based on the firm’s own internal studies. Read the interview with

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[Op-Ed] A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

My great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Sr., created the Standard Oil Company and I inherited shares in the companies it spun off, including Exxon Mobil. But this year I donated those shares to the nonprofit Rockefeller Family Fund’s Environmental program, which sold them and is using the $400,000 proceeds to fight global warming. I lost faith in Exxon

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Oil Companies Busted For Anti-Clean Energy Lobby

As the groundbreaking UN climate negotiations COP21 begins to take a lion’s share of global news, climate activists are unearthing dirty secrets hidden in the suspicious activities of many Fossil Fuel companies across the globe. Even more distrustful is the fact the ongoing Conference of Parties (COP21) is being funded by the Coal industry, with

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