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EU extends respite from airline carbon fees

Friday - The European Parliament has approved a plan to keep commercial flights in and out of Europe exempt from the EU’s carbon emission controls until 2021.

EU moves closer to ‘genuine energy union’

Thursday - European lawmakers this week approved a new security of gas regulation, which includes a solidarity principle in case of supply disruptions and will make it more difficult for other countries to “blackmail” the EU’s members.

Macron to pitch global environmental rights charter

13 Sep 17 - French president Emmanuel Macron is set to call for a global pact affirming universal principles for environmental protection at the UN general assembly next week.

Norway vote could be turning point for Arctic oil

8 Sep 17 - Norway has a general election on Monday. The future of its oil industry has become – to the surprise of the three largest parties – one of the most debated and divisive campaign themes.

France to ban oil, gas output on home soil

8 Sep 17 - France has unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on the country’s mainland and overseas territories.

Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog

7 Sep 17 - With less than three weeks until the German elections, pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to tackle the deadly smog in a large number of cities or face a court-enforced diesel ban and backlash from millions of motorists faced with plummeting resale values.

Glyphosate ban will kill ‘conservation agriculture’

5 Sep 17 - Farmers in France have reacted strongly to the government's intention to block the reauthorisation of glyphosate, pointing out the negative effects the ban would have on conservation farming.


Finland doubles down on nuclear power

4 Sep 17 - Finland is set to embrace a decarbonised future by increasing carbon taxes and introducing laws in 2018 that will begin to phase out the use of coal, with more nuclear capacity waiting to offer an...

Oslo puts ecological riches at the heart of the city

30 Aug 17 - Norway wants urban gardeners to cultivate wildflowers and keep hives to reverse a decline in biodiversity.

Swiss trees swelter as climate warms

22 Aug 17 - Foresters are being urged to plant tree species resilient to climate change to save the timber industry as Swiss trees swelter.

It's a good bet Norway will be first fully electrified society

21 Aug 17 - Norway has the renewable resources and political will to become the first country to use entirely clean electricity for its power demands.

Norway selling out-of-date food to help to tackle waste

18 Aug 17 - Supermarkets selling out-of-date produce and apps that identify food at risk of being binned are part of an ambitious plan to slash the nation’s food waste

Switzerland and EU agree to link carbon markets

17 Aug 17 - An agreement to link the Swiss and European Union carbon markets could pave the way for other markets to link to the EU emissions trading scheme in future, says the International Emissions Trading...

EU said to be considering electric car quota

16 Aug 17 - Despite public denials, the European Commission is considering implementing an electric car quota to be achieved by automakers by 2030.

Norway's push for Arctic oil threatens Paris goals

15 Aug 17 - Norway’s plan to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic threatens global efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new study.

Climate change is triple risk to Europe

15 Aug 17 - New studies confirm climate change’s triple risk to Europe. The heat is on, lives are at risk and the floods are arriving earlier.

Sahara solar project aims to power Europe

8 Aug 17 - A consortium of clean energy developers has applied for permission to build a gigantic solar power plant on the edge of the Sahara desert which could power more than five million EU homes.

Melting Alps glaciers could reveal hundreds of corpses

7 Aug 17 - Swiss police say hundreds of bodies of mountaineers who have gone missing in the Alps in the past century could emerge in coming years as global warming forces the country’s glaciers to retreat.

Coal lobby threatens to sue over clean air rules

3 Aug 17 - Tough air pollution limits for Europe’s coal plants announced on Monday could be engulfed in a firestorm of lawsuits and counter-suits, Climate Home has learned.


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