Europe

Brexit costs to be counted in health & climate impacts

The UK public will head to the polls next week, in a “climate referendum” that could see it turn its back on decades of progress on environmental issues, including climate change and air pollution. With UK ministers at the forefront...

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New India-US partnership sends “jolt of momentum” to global climate deal

The US and India have signalled their intent to “forge ahead” with climate action, driving the world closer towards meeting its landmark climate agreement. Meeting in Washington this week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US...

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Climate impacts laid bare as flood waters ease

As Europe reels from flooding, which submerged streets, closed schools and saw thousands evacuated, EU leaders are reminded of the threats of climate change to the continent. 18 people were left dead and thousands more stranded as f...

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Renewables boosted as world leaders commit to scale up investment

Private sector investors committed to “accelerate clean energy innovation and expand investment in climate solutions,” with business leaders from 23 countries and representing 90 per cent of clean energy investment agree...

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Global renewables boom, but is Europe reaping the benefits?

Renewable energy is booming as 2015 saw new sources coming online at a faster rate than ever.  Last year investment in clean energy was double that of new coal and gas plants, 173 countries now have renewable power targets, and over...

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G7 host Japan goes rogue on coal as renewable jobs buck global trend

Japan, host of this week’s G7 summit, is isolated before the meeting has even begun, as its continued love of dirty coal has exposed it as a rogue among its G7 peers. While the G7 collectively provided more than $42 billion in suppo...

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Pressure mounts on Sweden to ditch Vattenfall coal sale

Pressure is mounting on the Swedish government to halt the sale of its German lignite mines, with a ‘special’ debate on the issue kicking off in the country’s Parliament today. Ahead of the debate on the sale of the state-owned Vatt...

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The ‘fight goes on’ as UK end 5-year fracking hiatus

Fracking could soon take place in the UK, following a five-year hiatus, as North Yorkshire County Council give Third Energy the green light to drill in Ryedale. The decision flies in the face of fierce local opposition which saw 4,3...

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300,000+ public health professionals call on G7 to speed clean energy shift

More than 300,000 doctors, nurses, public health professionals and health advocates from 30 countries are calling on the world’s seven largest economies to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives ahead of this month’s...

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Fossil fuels put on notice as global coal fight hits Germany

Continuing what is already a global run of direct and impactful climate actions, today over 3,000 European citizens are taking to Lusatia, Germany to shut down one of Europe’s largest open-pit lignite mines. The mines have been at t...

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Fort McMurray wildfire: the climate connection

As Albertans scramble for solutions to the Fort McMurray wildfire, experts are warning that a “perfect storm” of last year’s El Niño and climate change helped fuel the destruction. The fire has now grown 10 times its original size, ...

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Zombie fossils firms go for the jugular in dirty fightback

After months of silence following the huge blow delivered by the Paris Agreement, the fossil fuel industry has come out of hiding, and it is swinging wildly. As greater numbers speak out against dirty energy, companies’ scheming has...

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Alberta grapples with devastation as wildfire blazes through community

More than 60,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the biggest evacuation in the province’s history due to a fire. The wildfire continues blazing through Fort McMurray, destroying homes, busin...

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UK coal battle heads to Wales as fossil fuel fight goes global

In yet another call for the UK government to end its love affair with coal, hundreds of protesters have today shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in Ffos-y-fran, South Wales. The UK has pledged to end coal use by 2025, but...

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Vulnerable countries suffer as heat epidemics hit worker health and productivity

Rising temperatures are already hitting the global workforce, and failing to tackle climate could risk billions of dollars in lost economic output and undermine efforts to reduce poverty. That’s the stark warning of a new report rel...

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Biodiesel not a solution to EU emissions, warns NGO

Long touted as a way to decarbonise the EU’s transport sector, new analysis from NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has shown the use of biodiesel could increase emissions by almost four per cent – the equivalent of put...

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Paris signing ceremony marks milestone in journey towards fossil free future

As the world’s record warming streak moves into its 11th month, and climate impacts, continue to hit communities, nations will be using Earth Day 2016 to take their first collective step from ambition to action on the global climate...

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Faith groups urge leaders to keep promise of a better climate for a safer planet

As world leaders prepare to sign the landmark Paris agreement this week, 250 faith leaders are also underscoring the moral imperatives of acting on climate change. In an Interfaith Climate Change Statement, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, ...

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Amid Brazil’s energy corruption claims, Euro firms eye Amazon mega-dam

While the Brazilian government fights for its political survival, European companies risk being caught up in the fall-out as it’s revealed that major energy firms plan to build and run a controversial mega-dam project in the heart o...

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Swedish government under pressure to end Vattenfall’s ‘dirty’ coal deal

The Swedish government is in the spotlight today with calls for it to stop state-owned Vattenfall’s “dirty deal” to sell its German lignite – or brown coal – assets. Czech energy company EPH and its financial partner PPF...

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