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Macron pays US scientists to move to France

Wednesday - Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France.

Europe's coal plants bleeding cash

Monday - Almost all coal plants in the European Union will be outspending their income by the end of the next decade, relying on subsidies to stay open to back up wind and solar generation.

The most northerly town in the world is at risk of disappearing

Monday - It’s freezing, snowing and so far north that the sun won’t rise again until March, but the 2000 residents of the world’s most northerly town wish it were much colder.

Farm grows food under streets of Paris

Monday - La Caverne is an urban farm that grows mushrooms, herbs and greens beneath the streets of Paris.

Citizens fight EU weedkiller decision

8 Dec 17 - The public is fighting back against an EU decision to renew the licence of controversial pesticide Glyphosate.

Iceland's new PM vows carbon neutrality by 2040

7 Dec 17 - Iceland's new Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, 41, says she wants her nation to be carbon neutral by 2040.

In Poland’s coal heartland, miners imagine a greener future

7 Dec 17 - While the Polish government champions coal, the area around Katowice, host of next year’s UN climate summit, is starting to diversify its economy.


Sacre bleu! It seems the French are world's smartest farmers

7 Dec 17 - France has topped the 2017 edition of the Food Sustainability Index exhibiting the best performance across food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges.

Can a massive barrier save Venice from drowning?

6 Dec 17 - The engineering limitations and cost overruns of a huge barrier designed to protect Venice from sea level rise are raising questions about the mega-projects that many coastal cities are hoping can...

How Airbus was allowed to write its own climate rules

4 Dec 17 - E-mails between the European Commission and Airbus show how the European aircraft manufacturer was offered privileged access to the EU decision-making process, allowing it to write its own...

Southern Spain is getting that sinking feeling

1 Dec 17 - When the heat is on, ground shrinkage means subsiding soils. Sustained drought could cause structural problems in parts of Spain.

Swedish power plant burns clothes instead of fossil fuels

28 Nov 17 - A Swedish power plant is turning to recycled wood and trash for alternatives, including discarded clothing from a retail chain.

You're spies, Russia tells green campaigners

23 Nov 17 - The Russian government is using anti-spying legislation to silence environmental campaigners, a leading watchdog has warned.

Poland faces $170,000-a-day fines over illegal logging

23 Nov 17 - Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in a Unesco-protected forest or face fines of at least $NZ170,000 a day.

Meet the green gurus who use 1400 disposable cups a day

23 Nov 17 - More than 2.5 million disposable cups have been purchased by the UK’s environment department for use in its restaurants and cafes over the past five years – equivalent to nearly 1400 a day.

Electric highway will link Norway and Italy

21 Nov 17 - A German utility is planning a string of electric vehicle fast chargers every 120 to 180 kilometers along highways in seven European countries, from Italy to Norway.

Norway’s wealth fund eyes divesting from fossil fuels

20 Nov 17 - Norway’s $1 trillion fund is to consider divesting from oil and gas stocks to protect the country's economy from oil price risk.

Activists sue Norway over Arctic exploration plan

16 Nov 17 - The Norwegian government is being sued by climate activists over a decision to open up areas of the Arctic Ocean for oil exploration.

EU strikes deal on carbon market reform

13 Nov 17 - European Union negotiators have agreed to a compromise on carbon market reforms, with the bloc keen for a deal this week to show leadership at UN climate talks in Bonn.


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