Paris Climate Agreement

Kerry at Climate Week 2014

At Climate Week 2017, a mix of optimism and urgency


Many new initiatives were unveiled at Climate Week NYC this year, including pledges from businesses and countries to speed up the transition to electric cars and renewable energy. But, in the face of multiple disastrous global weather events and the unwillingness of the Trump administration to even admit climate problems exist, the sense of urgency is rising.

Christiana Figueres at the UN

Former UN climate chief: Trump’s energy order not ‘a big deal’ for climate agreement

After an extremely warm first half of the year, global surface temperatures were heading for a third-straight record warm year in 2016. This NOAA map from December shows record warm temperatures (red) and record cold (blue) through the first 11 months of

2016 brought more record temperatures. So what climate course will the US and Trump set in 2017?

Greenpeace activists stage a protest outside the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

The world’s nations vow to move forward with the Paris Agreement, with or without Donald Trump

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Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe is one of the US's leading figures on communicating about climate change with skeptical audiences. She says she'd only talk to president-elect Donald Trump if she were asked, but if she were, she'd do what she

Can Trump be reached on climate by talking with him about other things? Maybe …

The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated in green with the words "Paris Agreement is Done" to celebrate the United Nations climate change agreement in Paris, France, on Nov. 4.

The historic Paris climate change agreement just became international law


It’s the first-ever deal binding all the world’s nations, rich and poor, to a commitment to cap global warming caused mainly by the burning of coal, oil and gas.

Penn State senior Makealy Meyers with NextGen Climate registers a potential voter just off campus and gets him to sign a commitment card to vote for a candidate who will tackle climate change.

Environmentalists to millennials: Donald Trump’s climate policies are dangerous

Election 2016

One new group is trying to motivate young people to go to the polls to protect the planet and fight climate change by voting against Donald Trump.


After quick action, the Paris climate deal is set to go into effect way earlier than expected


The historic global climate change plan negotiated last year in Paris is set go into effect in mid-November, years earlier than anticipated. The World’s environment editor Peter Thomson reflects on how it happened and why it matters.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting ahead of the G20 Summit at the West Lake State Guest House in Hangzhou, China.

The US and China have now officially ratified the Paris climate agreement

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Ratification of the Paris Agreement is moving forward in countries around the world. But the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency is casting doubt on whether the US will meet its obligations.

Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping

Obama seeks to cement a climate legacy with China before the US election


The US and China have just announced their commitment to the Paris climate deal, in a strong push to lead almost 200 countries to pledge to cut carbon emissions. But the future of that tandem climate change approach depends on the outcome of US elections.