Laurent Thomet
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Wars to cast pall over meeting of global VIPs in Davos
by Laurent Thomet - January 12, 2024 - 5:55pm
The world's political and business elites will convene in Davos next week, with wars in Gaza and Ukraine set to dominate the annual gabfest in the Swiss Alps.
Dubai summit adopts world-first 'transition' from fossil fuels
by Laurent Thomet - December 13, 2023 - 3:59pm
After 13 days of talks and another sleepless night in a country built on oil wealth, the Emirati leadership of the COP28 summit banged a gavel to signal the world had reached consensus.
Climate negotiators eye fossil fuel compromise in marathon talks
by Laurent Thomet - December 13, 2023 - 8:54am
The 13-day COP28 conference in Dubai, a glitzy metropolis built on petrodollars, has debated a first-ever global exit from fossil fuels, the main culprits in a planetary warming crisis.
Fury as climate draft deal falls short of fossil fuel phase-out
by Laurent Thomet - December 12, 2023 - 8:39am
With hours to go until the Dubai summit officially ends, US climate envoy John Kerry told ministers that this was "the last COP that we'll have a chance to be able to keep 1.5 degrees alive. This is it."
UN climate talks home in on fossil fuel deal
by Laurent Thomet - December 11, 2023 - 10:51am
With 24 hours to go before the official end of COP28 in Dubai, a new draft deal was expected in the morning in the hope that the right language may have finally been found to achieve a consensus among nearly...
Nations rally behind renewables at COP28 climate talks
by Laurent Thomet - December 3, 2023 - 4:10pm
Nearly 120 nations pledged to triple the world's renewable energy within seven years at UN climate talks Saturday as the United States pushed to crank up nuclear capacity and slash methane emissions.
COP28 a chance for 'hard questions' on fossil fuels — UN climate chief
by Laurent Thomet - January 20, 2023 - 8:55am
The UAE's decision to name the head of the national oil company as president of the COP28 talks has angered activists who fear it will undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Despair, elation, confusion: Climate talks go to wire
by Laurent Thomet - November 20, 2022 - 8:54am
COP27 host Egypt scrambled to salvage UN climate talks Saturday with crunch negotiations hanging on tussles over driving forward action to fight global warming in a world facing an onslaught of deadly weather e...
Gridlocked UN climate talks head deep into overtime
by Laurent Thomet - November 19, 2022 - 9:34am
Climate negotiators were locked in efforts to break the deadlock at UN COP27 talks Friday as nations tussle over funding for developing countries battered by weather disasters and ambition on curbing global...
Fraught UN climate talks enter endgame with EU 'final offer'
by Laurent Thomet - November 18, 2022 - 4:47pm
Representatives from nearly 200 countries have gathered at the COP27 in Egypt for two weeks with the aim of driving forward action on climate change as the world faces a worsening onslaught of extreme floods,...
Russia owes 'whole world' for environment damage: Ukraine
by Laurent Thomet - November 15, 2022 - 7:58am
Russia must take responsibility for the environmental damage caused by its invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv's Environment Minister Ruslan Strilets said Monday at UN climate talks.
World risks 'collective suicide', UN chief warns climate summit
by Laurent Thomet - November 8, 2022 - 7:51am
The UN's chief warned Monday that nations must cooperate or face "collective suicide" in the fight against climate change, at a summit where developing countries reeling from global warming demanded more action from...
'This is not a drill': WHO urges world to take virus more seriously
by Laurent Thomet - March 6, 2020 - 11:42am
World health officials have warned that countries are not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously enough, as outbreaks surged across Europe and in the United States where medical workers sounded warnings over a "disturbing"...
WHO says world in uncharted territory as US virus toll rises
by Laurent Thomet - March 3, 2020 - 11:08am
The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad with the US death...
Fewer virus cases in China, but deaths abroad increase
by Laurent Thomet - February 21, 2020 - 8:43am
Fatalities in China hit 2,118 as 114 more people died, but health officials reported the lowest number of new cases in nearly a month, including in hardest-hit Hubei province.
WHO urges calm as China virus death toll reaches 2,000
by Laurent Thomet - February 19, 2020 - 8:39am
The official death toll in China hit 2,000 after another 132 people died in Hubei, where the virus emerged in December.
Global panic deepens over China virus as whistleblower doctor dies
by Laurent Thomet - February 7, 2020 - 8:52am
Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang died at 2:58 am, Wuhan Central Hospital said in a post on its verified account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
China celebrates 70 years of communism as Hong Kong seethes
by Laurent Thomet - October 1, 2019 - 3:16pm
Some 15,000 troops along with tanks, new nuclear missiles and a supersonic drone paraded down the Avenue of Eternal Peace as Xi and other Communist Party leaders watched from a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen...
China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong unrest looms large
by Laurent Thomet - October 1, 2019 - 8:41am
China celebrates 70 years of Communist Party supremacy Tuesday with a parade of tanks, missiles and troops, a muscular display of its rising superpower status even as it faces an unprecedented challenge to its authority...
China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence
by Laurent Thomet - January 15, 2019 - 1:28pm
A diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa intensified on Tuesday as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China after a Canadian drug suspect was sentenced to death.
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