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Europe goes for two-speed approach to sustainable finance

Monday - Europe is quickly adopting an imbalanced, two-speed approach to sustainable finance, in which the “green” is moving much faster than the “social”.

Nervous about nukes? Don't worry, just swallow this pill

16 Mar 18 - Belgian pharmacies will provide radiation-busting iodine tablets free of charge to anyone as part of the country’s new nuclear strategy,

Germany’s new government deal fails Paris test

14 Mar 18 - With the coalition agreement for a new German government under Angela Merkel, a major opportunity to realign German climate policy to the challenges of the Paris climate change agreement has passed.

Europe, too, likes the look of circular economy

13 Mar 18 - As the EU doubles down on its waste management efforts and sets its sights on tackling plastic waste, the idea of a circular economy and internal market for recycling is gathering momentum.

EC unveils new action plan on sustainable finance

13 Mar 18 - The European Commission has produced its strategy to make sustainability a key component of the financial sector within Europe for years to come.

Luxembourg home to half world’s green bonds

9 Mar 18 - Luxembourg and its very international stock exchange are well positioned to become the standard bearer that leads the green and sustainable finance industry of the future.

Spanish bank announces €100 billion climate plan

8 Mar 18 - The second-largest bank in Spain has launched a 100 billion euros initiative to support sustainable development and combat climate change.

Ban on bee-killer pesticide likely after new study

6 Mar 18 - A new study from the EU has found that the widespread use of a controversial pesticide on crops is harmful to the bee population.

Brussels eyes free transport on bad air days

1 Mar 18 - Brussels has moved to make the city’s public transport and bike share system free on the smoggiest days in a bid to drive down pollution levels.

German court rules cities can ban vehicles to tackle pollution

28 Feb 18 - Germany’s highest administrative court has ruled that diesel and other vehicles can be banned from some city streets as part of efforts to improve air quality,

China must sign up to climate rules, says EU

28 Feb 18 - EU foreign ministers have set a collision course with China in a statement calling for the same rules to bind all countries under the Paris climate deal.

German carmakers nervous on eve of court's diesel ban ruling

21 Feb 18 - A court will decide tomorrow whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country’s roads.

New apartment block will look like a forest

20 Feb 18 - Apartments to be built in the Dutch city of Eindhoven will be a 75m high skyscraper, which will include space for 125 trees, and 5200 plants.

Cow dung overload brings call for cut in dairy herd numbers

19 Feb 18 - Dairy farms in the Netherlands are producing so much dung they can’t get rid of it safely. Now the WWF is calling for a 40 per cent cut in herd numbers.

Nordic nations usher in new era of green finance

19 Feb 18 - New research has highlighted how the Nordic countries are leading by example in the green finance market.

Germany takes close look at free public transport

16 Feb 18 - Germany is thinking of making public transport free as it scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.

Germany’s energy and climate policy is taking shape

15 Feb 18 - The coalition agreement between the German Conservatives and the Social Democrats outlines a relatively ambitious energy policy.

Paris might take fuel companies to court

13 Feb 18 - Paris could become the first city in Europe to try to defray the cost of climate change by taking fossil fuel companies to court.

EU to define what exactly is green investment

8 Feb 18 - The European Commission will present legislation in May to define what represents "green" investment.

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