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African delegates under pressure to leave UN climate talks

A coalition of African groups has asked governments across the continent to withdraw from talks as developed countries fail to mobilise finance

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UK slams Japan's decision to slash climate target

Japan has revised its target to cut emissions which would see them rise by 3% on 1990 levels by 2020

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World's 48 poorest countries publish climate adaptation plans

Submissions to UN say they require $1.4 billion in funding to prepare for extreme weather events

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Loss and damage a "priority" for UN summit say civil groups

ActionAid, CARE and WWF recommend climate compensation scheme be implemented by 2015

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Japan set to stun UN talks by scrapping climate target

Japanese government is expected to reduce its emissions targets to 3.1% above 1990 levels, backtracking from previous climate commitments

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China set to commit to tougher climate targets in 2015

Deputy climate chief says government will push for further carbon cuts in next Five Year Plan due out in 2015

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US envoys told to block climate compensation plans at UN

Leaked cable details opposition to loss and damage and stress on voluntary nature of 2015 climate change deal

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UN climate talks in Warsaw set to welcome just 134 ministers

189 countries will attend UN climate talks, but only 134 ministers will be present at negotiations, with Australia a notable absentee

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UN climate summit 'fast' swells as anger grows at lack of action

Twenty groups join Philippines negotiator Yeb Sano in avoiding food until a “meaningful outcome” is reached in Warsaw

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Comment: climate diplomats need to explore the 'third way' to 2015 deal

Key to effective deal is approach that recognizes key role UN can play in supporting and promoting effective action

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Russia cools talk of separate loss and damage climate mechanism

Kremlin statement also indicates support for USA’s ‘bottom up’ approach to emission reduction pledges

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Comment: climate adaptation must be a priority post Haiyan

Focus on land in adapting or prepare for the imminent social chaos – the choice is ours says UN desertification chief Monique Barbut

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UN climate chief defends decision to attend coal summit amid youth anger

UN climate chief says merely “preaching to the choir” will not solve deeper problems relating to global warming

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Russia hopeful UN will resolve climate decision-making process

Oleg Shamanov tells reporters it is important to “heal the process” after what he terms “outrageous violations”

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Typhoon Haiyan sends loss and damage roaring up UN climate summit agenda

Devastation to Philippines prompts three groups of developing nations to call for climate compensation scheme to be rolled out

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Filipino delegate announces hunger strike at UN climate talks opening

Small island states want universal ambition. The Arabs don’t want binding commitments. And Yeb Sano won’t eat until meaningful progress is made

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UN climate deal must be "tailored" to fit USA and China

Kyoto Protocol failed because it didn’t get backing of top emitters US and China, so negotiators know a new treaty will have to bring both on board

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Greenpeace stages Poland coal protest on eve of UN climate talks

Messages like “Climate Change starts here” were projected on to six coal plants in Warsaw

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"It's time to stop this madness" - Philippines plea at UN climate talks

Yeb Sano tells UN summit in Warsaw “colossal devastation” from Typhoon Haiyan should serve as warning to planet

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UN climate talks: live coverage of the opening COP19 session

Live blog from the opening session at the 19th Conference of the Parties, as countries outline negotiating positions

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