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Confused by U.S. climate messaging? We break it down

BONN, Germany — The United States didn't send one delegation to the climate talks that wrapped up here Saturday, it sent three.

The high-profile climate champions, career diplomats and Trump political aides offered varying views of U.S. climate politics. But they also worked together, in a way, to soften the United States' image globally after President Trump vowed to quit the Paris Agreement.


In shadow of Paris, Montreal could have big climate impact

A global agreement to limit chemicals found in equipment like air conditioners was set in motion Friday, accelerating international action on climate change and increasing pressure on the United States to grapple with rising temperatures.

The Kigali Amendment, a landmark environmental effort to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, will go into effect in two years, the United Nations announced late last week, after Sweden became the 20th country to ratify the measure.


World leaders jostle for climate leadership as U.S. retreats

BONN, Germany — The leaders of Europe's two largest economies gave very different speeches here yesterday, with "climate chancellor" Angela Merkel angering advocates with her cautious tone and French President Emmanuel Macron offering himself as a replacement for lost U.S. leadership.

Merkel, Germany's leader, who is co-hosting the international climate talks here with Fiji, frustrated greens who hoped she would use her appearance at the start of yesterday's leader-level talks to set a 2030 deadline for her country to phase out coal-fired power. Instead, she delivered a general statement about the need to address warming.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.



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