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EU votes for 55% emissions cuts by 2030

18 Mar 19 - The European Parliament have voted in favour of increasing the EU’s 2030 emission cuts target to 55 per cent and a net-zero mid-century target, bringing an end to weeks of infighting.

Norway to ditch some oil and gas stocks

11 Mar 19 - Norway is planning to ditch some oil and gas stocks from the country’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, but has exempted majors like Shell and Exxon Mobil.

Greenland’s winter rain washing away the icecap

11 Mar 19 - The largest body of ice in the northern hemisphere faces a problem scientists had not identified before: Greenland’s winter rain is accelerating the loss of its vast store of ice.

Italy sees 57% drop in olive harvest

6 Mar 19 - Extreme weather events have been the “main driver” of an olive harvest collapse that could leave Italy dependent on imports.

Climate-neutral EU can jumpstart economy

6 Mar 19 - Top business leaders believe that the transition to a climate neutral economy will create new opportunities for Europe.

Finland approves ban on coal from 2029

4 Mar 19 - The Finnish parliament has approved a government proposal to ban the use of coal to produce energy from May 1, 2029.

EU invests €10b in low-carbon tech

4 Mar 19 - The European Commission has invested more than €10 billion in clean technology to boost its global competitiveness.


Plastic trash will get youngsters a free book in southern Italy

1 Mar 19 - An Italian who run a bookshop cafe is giving free books to children in exchange for plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

EU experts eye trillion-euro climate pact

27 Feb 19 - A group of experts has published a draft treaty for a sweeping European climate finance pact, to inject more than a trillion euros into the fight against global warming.

Germany eyes net-zero emissions by 2050

26 Feb 19 - The German environment ministry is calling for an ambitious goal to cut emissions by “at least 95 per cent” by 2050 and remove the remainder from the atmosphere.

Back the science, Greta tells EU politicians

Greta Thunberg

25 Feb 19 - Schoolkids are on climate strike “because we have done our homework” and listened to science, 16-year-old green activist Greta Thunberg has told EU policymakers in Brussels. “Just unite behind the...

Majority of European firms have no reduction targets

20 Feb 19 - Most European companies have no target for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions even though 80% see climate change as a business risk, a survey has found.

Ireland lays ground for stronger climate action

19 Feb 19 - Ireland’s struggle with climate change cuts to the heart of people’s daily lives and reflects the country’s revival after recession: more cars on the road and thriving cattle farms.

In this Siberian town, the snow - and the future - is black

18 Feb 19 - Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological...

Sweden puts deadline on fossil-free ships

13 Feb 19 - Sweden’s shipping sector is preparing to end the use of fossil fuels domestically by 2045, in line with national climate goals.

Islands declare emergency after invasion by hungry polar bears

13 Feb 19 - Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.

Ambitious Danish island ends fossil fuel use

13 Feb 19 - A small Danish island ends fossil fuel use by combining ambitious aims with ensuring that local people have a say in cleaner replacements.

France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

11 Feb 19 - The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050.

Germany agrees to quit coal by 2038

29 Jan 19 - Germany will stop burning coal for electricity by 2038, under plans finalised by a commission at the weekend.


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