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EU states call for tough action on deforestation

Wednesday - 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

Wednesday - 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

Monday - 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 challenge them on climate lobbying.

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.


Brexit and Germany erode EU climate resolve

25 Oct 18 - Britain is leaving, Germany is wobbling and talks on EU emissions cuts are tipping in favour of the bloc’s more reticent countries, according to diplomatic sourcese following climate files in...

Russian town besieged by hungry polar bears

23 Oct 18 - A coastal town in the Russian Arctic has been besieged by hungry polar bears who are spending more time on land as sea ice melts due to climate change.

Greens big winners in European elections

18 Oct 18 - The Greens have been the big winners at the weekend elections by attracting new voters in Belgium, Luxembourg and Bavaria.

Change ‘laboratories’ open up in EU

18 Oct 18 - Stark warnings from the United Nations ahead of a make-or-break summit in Poland in December have propelled climate change up the political agenda in Europe.

‘Disappointed’ EU ministers agree on CO2 cuts

12 Oct 18 - Some EU environment ministers admitted they were disappointed with the outcome after they voted to agree on a 35 per cent cut in car and van CO2 emission for 2030.

Dutch court shoots down government appeal

11 Oct 18 - The Dutch government must stick to a tougher climate target, after an appeals judge upheld a historic court ruling.

Protesters celebrate German forest's reprieve

8 Oct 18 - Thousands of demonstrators have descended on Germany’s Hambach forest to celebrate an unexpected court victory over a coal mine.

Denmark ban plan includes hybrid cars

5 Oct 18 - Denmark has proposed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and hybrid from 2035.

MEPs vote for 40% cut in car emissions by 2030

4 Oct 18 - MEPs have voted for a 40 per cent cut in car emissions by 2030, in a rebuke to more cautious proposals by the European commission that signals tough negotiations with national governments ahead.

Paris builds zero-carbon future with a conscience

4 Oct 18 - Paris is pioneering an “eco-district” aimed at slashing emissions while also providing affordable housing.

German official backs clearing forest for coal mine

4 Oct 18 - Controversial plans to chop down a German forest to build a coal mine should proceed because Germany needs the polluting fuel to keep the lights on, according to a senior official.

Climate proposals terrify Polish unionists

26 Sep 18 - Polish trade unionists see EU and international climate action as terrifying and a threat to their way of life.


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