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Ursula von der Leyen

Climate stance pays off for new EC leader

17 Jul 19 - Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the first women president of the European Commission in a nail-biting vote that put climate change centre stage.

EC candidate sees carbon first for Europe

Ursula von der Leyen

12 Jul 19 - Europe should become the world’s first climate-neutral continent, says Ursula von der Leyen, who is chasing the European Commission's top job.

France plans eco tax on plane tickets

12 Jul 19 - The French government announced that it will roll out a tax on all international flights departing from France starting in 2020.

Europe tackls China’s dominance of rare earth metals

8 Jul 19 - A new industry association has been launched in Brussels with the aim of bringing together all the players in the supply chain of rare earth metals.

What did Irish citizens’ climate assembly achieve

2 Jul 19 - Ireland’s Citizens' Assembly process has been praised internationally, but citizens’ assemblies are not without their critics.

Denmark raises climate to highest priority

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen

1 Jul 19 - In a deal with other left parties, Denmark's new Social Democrat government has agreed to raise the country’s climate targets and place the green transition at the heart of policy.

'Red alert' France records its hottest temperature in history

1 Jul 19 - A temperature of 45.1deg has been recorded in France, the hottest in the country’s history.

Four countries block EU climate deal

24 Jun 19 - The European Council has failed to agree on a landmark climate strategy for 2050 as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland baulked at the mention of a specific date.

More countries back EU neutrality goal

19 Jun 19 - Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovenia have added their names to a growing list of EU countries supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will be struck at a...

Ireland has bold plan to tackle climate crisis

18 Jun 19 - Ireland has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency by weaning the state, businesses, farms and households off fossil fuels.

Finns going carbon-free faster than we are

5 Jun 19 - Finland is outbidding New Zealand in the drive to carbon-neutrality, saying its economy will be effectively carbon-free by 2035 - 15 years earlier than New Zealand plans to get there.

Triumphant Greens demand more radical action

29 May 19 - Europe’s Greens, big winners in the weekend's EU elections, will use their newfound leverage in a fractured parliament to push an agenda of urgent climate action, social justice and civil liberties,...

France’s nuclear industry stumbles along

28 May 19 - With its new reactors needing modifications and its older ones awaiting costly updates, France’s nuclear industry is in trouble.

Climate crisis could lead to nine-hour working week

27 May 19 - People across Europe must move to nine-hour week if carbon levels do not change, says a thinktank.

Climate ambition in balance as Europe votes

24 May 19 - The EU’s global climate leadership is at stake as a new political cycle begins amid increasingly polarised public opinion.

Irish schools get a fail on climate change

14 May 19 - Students at Irish schools are being let down by the country’s education system, say lawmakers demanding full climate change literacy.

CARBON BOOTPRINT: Fans set to leave their mark on Europe

13 May 19 - Controversy has erupted over the environmental impact of football fans travelling across Europe in coming weeks – to watch English sides play each other hundreds of miles from home.

CO2 to be buried in empty North Sea gas fields

10 May 19 - Three of the largest ports in Europe will be used to capture and bury 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea.

Chernobyl has become a refuge for wildlife

10 May 19 - More than 30 years after the nuclear accident that scared the world, the Chernobyl is inhabited by brown bears, bisons, wolves, lynxes, wild horses, and more than 200 bird species.

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