House Democrats will call for 100% clean cars by 2035

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right. The proposal will be released at an event at the US Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic lawmakers. In a statement announcing Tuesday’s unveiling, the committee offered no details on the plan but called it “a comprehensive congressional action plan to solve the climate crisis.” A spokesman for committee Democrats didn’t respond to a request for comment on specifics.

Glencore chairman Hayward defends climate policy

Glencore on Thursday defended its climate policy from activists who want targets set for the use of its products, with chairman Tony Hayward saying the miner's current plan will cut greenhouse gas emissions. Pressure on miners has mounted after Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund this month said it would sell its Glencore shares because it produces coal. In a call ahead of an annual general meeting on June 2, activist charity ShareAction said Glencore should align its policy with the Paris climate goals by setting targets for Scope 3 emissions, which are generated when its products are used.

Australia commits A$2bn to climate change battle

The Australian resources and oil and gas sectors have welcomed the recommendations made in the King Review as well as the government’s commitment to a A$2-billion Climate Solutions Fund. The King Review which was commissioned in October of last year to identify new opportunities to unlock low cost abatement across the economy, and has made 26 recommendations across three themes, including enhancing the Emissions Reduction Fund to encourage greater participation, incentivizing voluntary emissions reductions on a broader scale, and unlocking the transformative low emissions technologies that businesses need.

Coronavirus forces postponement of UN’s COP26 climate summit

The United Nations (UN) climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, has been postponed as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus, the UN and UK government have confirmed in a joint statement. The twenty-sixth conference of the parties (COP26) has been delayed to next year, but a new date has not been announced yet. “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting Covid-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26,” UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma said.

Trudeau to seek industry, indigenous input to define climate plan

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his first major climate change speech this year, will reach out on Monday to businesses, indigenous groups and citizens for help in defining his ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions, a senior government official said. During his campaign for re-election last year, Trudeau pledged to put Canada on a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but the details of how to attain that goal have yet to be hammered out. The speech comes just a week after Teck Resources withdrew an application to build a C$20.6-billion Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta, citing in part the country's need to reconcile resource development and climate change.