The next three months before countries meet in Sharm El-Sheikh for COP27 will show whether the era of cooperation has given way to competition.
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The annual United Nations-sponsored Conference of Parties is scheduled for November in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The official commitment would come close to a year after countries were told to submit updated targets by the U.N. before a summit last November.
Extreme heat has afflicted India since March, where temperatures in a region home to over 1 billion people broke a 122-year record.
Russian researcher Oleg Anisimov took the unexpected step of apologizing for the Russian military invasion during a virtual IPCC meeting.
A new report found that 25 of the world’s most valuable companies have climate goals that are weaker than how they've been marketed so far.
The message from the thousands carrying placards around the venue of the meeting is one most insiders would agree with: The progress is still not enough to avoid catastrophe.
Methane traps more heat than carbon dioxide, but it degrades rapidly, meaning that action taken now to reduce its emission can have an immediate cooling effect.
As the world's electric grids struggle to find ways to produce clean energy, the innovative iron battery may provide a solution.
Measures such as preventing deforestation or supporting renewable energy projects actually do little to extract additional carbon from the air, and shouldn’t contribute to net-zero claims.