Europe

Countries urged to turn Paris promises into action, ratify swiftly

As many nations make calls for the swift ratification of the Paris Agreement, the profound impacts of climate change is hitting home, 2016 is forecast to be the hottest on record and more extreme weather events hit across the globe....

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Coal plant closures becoming the new normal for Europe?

The downward spiral for Europe’s coal industry continued this week, with Belgium becoming the latest country to rid itself of the dirty energy source. With the closure of the country’s last coal-fired power station, Langerlo, on 30 ...

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Bleak outlook for coal as UK closes three plants

The UK has put the world another step closer to ridding itself of coal with the closure of three more polluting power stations. Last week, Longannet – Scotland’s last coal-fired power station – and Ferrybridge shut its d...

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UK doctors: Climate change ‘gravest threat’ to human health

The UK’s leading health institutions are today calling for greater action to tackle one of the “the gravest threats to health”. The newly formed UK Health Alliance on Climate Change warns that more frequent extreme weather events li...

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Germany eyes 95% emissions reductions target

Germany could soon be a step closer to implementing the December’s historic Paris climate agreement with reports it is mulling a target to reduce emissions 95 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050. Europe’s economic powerhouse joined othe...

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Europe stands still in clean-tech race as China storms forward

In the face of China’s latest commitment to renewables, the EU is being urged to “act decisively” to stay ahead in the clean-energy race and cash in on its benefits. The warning comes as heads of state and government reaffirm their ...

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China goes big on clean energy in latest Five-Year Plan

For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development. China also plans to cut energy and CO...

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Two steps forward, one step back: UK touts zero carbon future but backs fossils

The UK government made history this week, when it took the first step towards enshrining the Paris goal of a zero emissions future into law. But just days after the announcement it is accused of not putting “enough fuel in the tank ...

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Coal’s demise paves way for renewable-friendly future

As fortunes continue to fade for coal, new beginnings are on the horizon for renewables. Oregon has become the first US state to introduce legislation that phases out coal completely by 2030, and doubles renewables in their energy m...

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Another climate warning: February smashes heat records

The world’s recent run of record-breaking temperatures continued into February, smashing previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount. New data from NASA shows global surface temperatures across land and ocean were 1.35DegC a...

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EU Commission softens climate stance, all eyes turn to leaders

As EU environment ministers offer their support for more ambitious emission reductions, the Commission could be softening its stance, with its chief negotiator saying that he is open to increasing the bloc’s 2030 target. Last week, ...

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EU under fire for ignoring Paris and backing gas

As the European Commission is accused of “pretending Paris didn’t happen”, new analysis warns the continent could waste up to €11.4 billion if it does not wake up to the risk of continued gas investment. While Europe continues to to...

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Brexit: What does it mean for climate and energy?

On 23 June, the British people will go to the polls to decide whether they want to leave or remain in the European Union. Following intense negotiations on reforms to the UK’s membership of the EU – which focused on migration ...

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Heathrow 13 narrowly escape jail over airport expansion protest

Thirteen protesters who chained themselves to London Heathrow’s northern runway to oppose airport expansion have narrowly escaped jail Wednesday. Despite earlier warnings they could face custodial sentences, the group were given six...

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Cyclone Winston a rallying cry for countries to ratify Paris deal

As Fiji reels from the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, leaders from across the globe are faced with yet another rallying cry on the urgency of taking climate action. Coming just two months before the UN’s s...

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BP carbon bomb in Great Australian Bight under spotlight

Disastrous plans from BP, Statoil, and Chevron to drill for oil in the incredibly hostile Great Australian Bight will soon be under the spotlight, with the Australian Senate instigating an inquiry into the AU$1 billion project. Reje...

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EU Commission’s energy security plan ‘blind to renewables’

In the first test for Europe’s energy policy since the Paris climate summit, the EU Commission is accused of being ‘blind to renewables’ after it, today, released an energy security proposal which could lock Europe into decades of f...

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UK citizens ‘show the love’ for a clean energy future

From schools, to churches, the Women’s Institute to sports teams and surfers, UK citizens will come together this Valentine’s Day to show their love of climate action. Wearing their green hearts on their sleeves and writing lo...

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European wind makes strides, but falls down global leaderboard

Wind energy is booming across Europe, but the continent risks being outshone by China as some EU countries fail to offer long term certainty to investors. Wind power now meets over 11 per cent of the Europe’s energy demand, accordin...

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Japan green lights new, soon to be stranded, coal assets

Japan has missed the memo about the dire economic and climate risks of fossil fuels, with its Ministry of the Environment taking a u-turn and preparing to ease its opposition to new coal power plants. In 2015 Environment Minister Ta...

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