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UN climate talks wind down under shadow of Trump

MARRAKESH: A UN climate summit in Marrakesh tasked with implementing the hard-won Paris Agreement moved toward its scheduled close Friday, dogged by Donald Trump's promise to abandon the landmark pact. The 196-nation forum was stunned to see an avowed climate change denier capture the White House, and has been left to ponder the impact that could have on their collective effort to beat back the threat of global warming. On Thursday, the conference sought to shore up their commitment with a rare united appeal. "Our climate…

Kerry ‘confident’ US climate trend cannot ‘be reversed’

MARRAKESH: A week after climate-change denier Donald Trump's election to the White House, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he was "confident" Washington's climate commitments cannot be reversed "regardless of what policy may be chosen". The United States is on its way to meeting its targets under a global climate rescue pact, and "I do not believe that that can or will be reversed," he said to applause at a UN climate meeting in Marrakesh. Market forces, not politics, will dictate the world's energy…

Agriculture victim of and solution to climate change

PARIS: Diplomatic wrangling this week will make the headlines in the fight against climate change, but experts say a bigger but largely unseen battle is set to unfold on the world's farms. Agriculture holds the double distinction of being highly vulnerable to climate change but also offering a solution to the problem, they say. In a report ahead of the November 7-18 UN climate talks in Marrakesh, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had a blunt warning about the risks to the food supply from drought, flood, soil…

US climate pledges likely to go unmet: study

MARRAKESH: The United States will likely fail to meet its pledges under the landmark Paris climate pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, analysts said Thursday on the margin of UN climate talks. Even if president-elect Donald Trump does not reverse policies already put in place by Barack Obama -- and that is a big 'if' -- US emissions of heat-trapping gases would remain stable over the next 15 years, badly missing the target, the experts said in a report. "With no additional policies, emissions in the US will be…

Extreme weather warnings at UN climate meeting

MARRAKESH, MOROCCO: Many of the deadly heatwaves and hurricanes, droughts and floods this decade have borne the imprint of man-made global warming, said a series of reports on Tuesday that warned of worse to come. With one eye on the American presidential contest between climate change denier Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, UN envoys gathered in Morocco for a second day of talks on putting the Paris Agreement into action. Trump had vowed to "cancel" the climate rescue pact if he wins, but a series of new…

Paris Climate Agreement goes live, turning up heat at UN talks

PARIS: Just days after the landmark Paris climate pact comes into force on Friday, diplomats from 196 nations gathering in Marrakesh will face intense pressure to translate its planet-saving promise into action. The agreement "will now be the instrument on which our future depends," said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. That's a daunting responsibility, even if the UN talks are still riding the political momentum that carried the deal -- decades in the making -- across the ratification finish line in record…