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The UN headquarters in New York, where more than 130 countries are expected to ratify the Paris climate change deal

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Ban Ki-moon stated that the investor community is of critical importance to the success of the Paris climate deal

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The CCC was established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres pointed out that all companies had to act now to get into the

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The Alliance confirmed that over the course of the conference the vehicles saved almost 182 barrels of oil

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With delegates frantically negotiating a legally-binding climate deal in Paris earlier this month, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that its fleet of 200 electric vehicles saved more than 18 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions over the two weeks.

Companies will take 'concrete steps' to act on the Paris Agreement in the immediate future

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Unilever's Paul Polman gives a speech at the climate summit in Paris as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon watches on

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Twelve days of talks yielded major commitments on climate finance, renewable energy and low-carbon infrastructure investment

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APRIL's nurseries form part of the 1-for-1 goal of planting a new tree for every one that they protect

APRIL ramps up peatland restoration with $100m investment

Pulp and paper manufacturer APRIL Group has unveiled a new $100m investment into conservation and restoration activities in Indonesia, which will see the Group's peatland restoration activities double to 150,000 hectares across the country.

A coalition of big businesses – including Unilever and APRIL – announced a plan to stabilize forest cover by 2030

COP21 Day 2 review: Deforestation top of the unofficial agenda

Tuesday at COP21 was dominated by forests, as a plethora of NGO's, businesses and dignitaries unveiled reforestation pledges, underlining the importance of carbon sequestration in reducing emissions.

The COP21 Paris climate change conference kicked off on Monday (30 November). Photo: United Nations

COP21 Day 1 review: Cameron says poor nations must be supported in climate fight

Poorer nations must be given the financial support to develop low-carbon infrastructure and to deal with the impacts of climate change, Prime Minister David Cameron told the UN and other world leaders as the Paris climate talks got off to a flying start.

The Bristol Method will cover a range of subjects including energy, resources, transport, food and nature

Bristol becomes beacon of best practice for sustainable cities at COP21

The UK's first and current European Green Capital, Bristol, is encouraging other cities across the continent to 'go green' as it shares an online toolkit at the Cities and Regions Pavilion within the COP21 climate conference.

178 countries have now submitted their emissions reductions pledges for the Paris climate talks

COP21 Paris Climate Conference: Everything you need to know

The most important climate talks ever start on Monday (30 November), with 138 heads of state and 25,000 official delegates expected to be in attendance. Here's our simple guide to the negotiations over the next two weeks.

Paris climate change summit: In numbers

With the Paris climate talks just days away, people are furiously hashtagging COP21 and penning open letters. In anticipation of arguably the biggest climate talks humanity has ever faced, we've put together some special numbers, with a touch of Francais.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi will both be in Paris next week to host and participate in numerous forums

Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris

With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.

The brief outlines eight key text proposals that the business community wants to be included in an ambitious global climate agreement

Businesses lay out key Paris proposals to avoid 'zombie' scenario

The business community has released a set of ambitious proposals they wish to be included in the final Paris agreement, as a climate think-tank sets out the three possible scenarios that will arise from the talks.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance EVs compromised of Renault ZOEs and Nissan LEAFs will emit zero carbon while transporting delegates

Paris fitted with 90 new EV charge points ahead of COP21

The streets of Paris will be fitted with 90 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) as part of Renault-Nissan Alliance's pledge to transport delegates around the city during the upcoming UN climate talks.

High-ranking representatives from more than 190 countries are expected at the talks, including President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinpeng

COP21 'proceeds as planned' despite Paris terror attacks

The UN COP21 climate conference in Paris will go ahead as planned, despite the terrorist attacks that rocked the city on Friday.

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is 'definitively not going to be a treaty'

Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.

The catamaran will play host to six environmental conferences and events during COP21: Credit Vincent Brunet

World's largest solar-powered boat sets sail for Paris talks

The world's largest solar-powered boat is en route to Paris for the COP21 climate conference, where it will be moored up as an 'ambassador vessel' to draw attention to the key issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions.


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