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EU agrees deal to cut emissions from cars

Today 10:00am - The European Union has agreed to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 per cent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.

France sets up independent climate council

30 Nov 18 - France has set up independent climate council, a group of 13 experts which will hold the government to account for aligning with the Paris Agreement.

EU plan calls for ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050

Miguel Arias Canete

29 Nov 18 - The European Commission today will unveil its much-anticipated plan for a “climate-neutral Europe” in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and endorse a shared long-term strategy.

End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs

28 Nov 18 - When the semi-state company that harvests Ireland’s peatlands recently announced the closure of 17 bogs, the news was greeted as the end of an era.

Europe, too, will feel the heat

26 Nov 18 - Unrestrained global warming and a hotter climate will cost Europe dear in lives lost and economies squeezed. Even if it’s limited, there’ll be a price to pay.

She trolled Trump, but can she lead green wave across Europe?

26 Nov 18 - Swedish minister Isabella Lövin found fame in a jibe aimed at the White House. Now she aims for change beyond Twitter.

Ten EU countries demand net-zero goal

22 Nov 18 - Ministers from 10 EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week.


Hungary wants end to coal power by 2030

21 Nov 18 - Hungary is eyeing an end to coal-fired power generation by 2030, in a move that could shake the EU region most staunchly opposed to tougher climate change measures.

Europe could face migration chaos, says Kerry

20 Nov 18 - Europe faces deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, says former US secretary of state John Kerry.

France acts to ban deforestation imports

16 Nov 18 - France intends to stop importing soy, palm oil, beef, wood and other products linked to deforestation and unsustainable agriculture by 2030, shooting ahead of the rest of the EU.

Carmakers slam new Spanish climate law

16 Nov 18 - The Spanish car lobby has hit back at the draft of the country’s first climate law published this week, which proposes to ban the sale and registration of lighter diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040.

Venice flooding is getting worse

15 Nov 18 - The spectacular centrepiece of Venice, St Mark’s Square, now floods more than 60 times a year, up from four times a year in 1900.

EU states call for tough action on deforestation

14 Nov 18 - The UK, France and Germany have called on the European Commission to launch tough new action to halt deforestation by the end of the year.

Can Teresa Ribera transform Spain?

Teresa Ribera

14 Nov 18 - In recent years, Spain has been a graveyard for climate-friendly policies. But there are signs the dead may be twitching back to life.

Germany pours money into EV battery ventures

12 Nov 18 - Germany has earmarked one billion euros to support a consortium looking to produce electric car battery cells and plans to fund a research facility to develop next-generation solid-state batteries.

Ministers call for transparency in climate finance

7 Nov 18 - EU economy and finance ministers have stressed the need to scale up public and private money for climate change.

Investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

31 Oct 18 - Five weeks before a pivotal UN climate conference starts, a group of investors, led by the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish national pension fund, has sent a letter to 55 companies to...

Polish utility sued over financial risk of coal plant

31 Oct 18 - Activist shareholders have filed a climate lawsuit against utility Enea over a planned €1.2 billion coal plant in north-east Poland.

Spain to close most coalmines in $400m deal

29 Oct 18 - Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m ($NZ430m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.


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