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UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen

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With Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted.

The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent days. But countries are still going to need strong diplomatic teams to shore-up the global commitment to tackling climate change, reiterated at the Marrakech climate talks last week.

So it’s notable that the UK’s climate diplomacy team appears to weakening.

For the second year in a row, the foreign office reduced the number of people working on climate change and energy, documents released by the government this week under a freedom of information request show.

Marrakech COP22 Climate Talks Closing With Call for Higher Ambition, Renewables Commitment by Climate Vulnerable Forum

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The climate talks in Marrakech are drawing to a close with a plea from some of the world’s poorest countries to step up ambition on cuts to greenhouse gases — and they are leading by example by announcing a commitment to strive for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

The two-week talks in Morocco began as the U.S. election delivered Republican candidate Donald Trump a victory few predicted.

Trump has pledged to cancel the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement signed at the previous UNFCCC talks in Paris in December 2015.

A coalition of 47 countries most at risk from the impacts of rising greenhouse gas emissions — called the Climate Vulnerable Forum — pledged to raise their own ambition by sourcing all energy from renewables by midcentury.

Young People Express Disbelief at Older Generation’s Trump and Brexit Choices, Say ‘Join Us’ to Solve Climate Crisis

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SustainUS Youth Group protest at COP22 Marrakech

It has been a frustrating few months for young people struggling to get their voices heard in a political system that must seem designed to alienate them.

There is a sense that their future is being ravaged by an electorate too old to live out the consequences of their choices. A trepidation that is particularly keenly felt on issues that disproportionately affect younger generations, such as climate change.

As US Election Looms, Negotiators Urged to Avoid Marrakech Climate Talks Being Seen as an 'Afterthought'

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COP22 Entrance

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of delegates are descending on Marrakech for the latest round of climate negotiations. After last year’s blockbuster in Paris, how does Marrakech compare?

Early impressions of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – or the much more manageable ‘COP22’ – are that it is certainly different.

Inevitably, there is not the same buzz as in Paris.

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