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Revealed: ‘fierce’ Pacific forum meeting almost collapsed over climate crisis

Critical talks at the Pacific Islands Forum almost collapsed twice amid “fierce” clashes between the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, over Australia’s “red lines” on climate change. Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, who was…

Offshoot of Extinction Rebellion Calls for Vegan Revolution

Drawing on the latest UN climate science report, UK activists under the banner Animal Rebellion plan civil disobedience to promote plant-based farming and diets. Vegan campaigners are to join arms with civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion in a series of…

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Australia removes climate ‘crisis’ from Pacific islands draft declaration

Australia has succeeded in removing all but one reference to coal on the draft communique of the Pacific Islands Forum, and is expected to be able to get that removed on Thursday as Pacific leaders including Scott Morrison meet to…

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Kids are hungry for books about eco-activists, in what publishers call ‘the Greta effect’

The soaring popularity of the feisty, outspoken environmental advocate – who is only 16 – has caused a rise in young people seeking stories about saving the planet. Publishers coin the new trend the “Greta Thunberg Effect” and are turning around children’s book about climate change in record time. Publishers have pumped out books across a range of topics related to the environment, from endangered species to climate change, and sales have doubled in the last year, according to Nielsen…

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Governments could become indifferent to climate disaster victims, expert warns

Puerto Rico’s ongoing struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria could be routinely replicated in other places if the climate crisis spurs nationalistic governments to scale back aid to certain disaster victims. That’s a warning from bestselling author…

Funding for Annual UN Climate Talks Plummets as Mining Companies Slash Contributions

Funding arrangements for the upcoming UN climate conference may be in disarray after local reports suggested contributions from the local mining industry to the Chilean authorities were to be slashed. Chile’s Tele 13 Radio journalist Paula Comondari reported on Wednesday…

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Australia coal use is ‘existential threat’ to Pacific islands, says Fiji PM

The prime minister of Fiji has warned Australia to reduce its coal emissions and do more to combat climate change as regional leaders prepare to gather in Tuvalu ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum this week. Speaking in Tuvalu at…