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Frank Bainimarama, prime minister of Fiji, a member of the High Ambition Coalition, at COP26 on Nov. 2, 2021. Photo: UNFCCC

With world leaders now departed, the real negotiating begins. And signs point to a revival of the High Ambition Coalition, a key bloc of countries that fought for the inclusion of the 1.5°C temperature target in Paris.

Driving the news: The U.S. formally rejoined the coalition Tuesday, which contains a mix of European, small island and other climate-vulnerable nations. The coalition issued a leaders' statement showing what a formal Glasgow outcome could look like.

Between the lines: The statement is noteworthy for calling for a "halt" in investment in "new unabated coal-fired power plants" as well as a "phase out" of existing plants over time.

  • It also calls for countries to review their emissions targets next in 2023, rather than 2025.

The intrigue: The statement addresses what has been the third rail of climate negotiations, known as "loss and damage," which would involve developed countries compensating developing nations for climate change impacts their emissions helped to cause.

  • It states that signatories "recognize the need to increase resources for averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage."
  • The U.S. has resisted detailed discussions of loss and damage at past climate negotiations.

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What's next for the Fed on climate change

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Getty Images photos: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP and Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket

The Federal Reserve is poised to increase its climate focus even as President Biden's nomination of Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term disappointed advocates of policies to tilt the economy away from fossil fuels.

Catch up fast: Biden on Monday announced Powell's nod and said he's tapping Lael Brainard — a Fed board member who's outspoken on climate — as vice chair.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

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First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.