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Norway’s wealth fund eyes divesting from fossil fuels

Monday - 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

Thursday - 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.

Germany's dirty coalmines focus for direct action

10 Nov 17 - A giant black mark on Germany’s environmental record is scarred on the land an hour’s drive from the venue of this year’s UN climate talks in Bonn.

EU acts to clean up transport and boost e-vehicles

9 Nov 17 - The European Commission has a legislative package aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in road transport and encouraging the uptake of electric cars.

Europe still drilling for oil, despite Paris Agreement

3 Nov 17 - Just days before international climate talks start in Bonn, firms are lining up to drill for oil - at great expense - in northern European waters.

Climate change looms like a tragedy for Greeks

31 Oct 17 - Greece is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in Europe, according to experts, and faces a gloomy future.


Super-rich's supersonic private jets will be super-polluting

30 Oct 17 - Hundreds of supersonic jets could be flying businesspeople over Europe within 10 years, but documents show the EU preparing to cede oversight of their huge CO2 emissions.

Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

30 Oct 17 - Italy plans to phase out coal power plants by 2025, the country’s industry minister said during a presentation of a new energy strategy.

EU eyes green clause in trade deals (including ours)

26 Oct 17 - As Europe embarks on a new round of trade talks with New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and various South American countries, calls are growing for the EU to enforce environmental and social clauses in...

Development banks join forces to fight climate change

24 Oct 17 - Credit institutions worth $3000 billion have joined forces to throw their weight behind sustainable development.

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

17 Oct 17 - The European Union has opted for a public awareness campaign on the impact of plastics on the environment, saying a tax would not be sustainable.

Germany to miss climate targets ‘disastrously’

16 Oct 17 - Germany’s environment ministry fears high emissions from coal-fired power plants and transport will make the country miss its 2020 climate targets by a wider margin than previously anticipated.

Italy's ominous supervolcano shows signs of waking

16 Oct 17 - A super volcano in Italy is waking up. Scientists are trying to predict what it will do next, and what its unrest means for volcanoes worldwide.

BALTIC BURPS: Clams giving off as much gas as 20,000 cows

16 Oct 17 - Scientists have found clams and worms in the Baltic Sea are giving off as much gas as 20,000 dairy cows.

German Greens put climate progress top of agenda

11 Oct 17 - Leading Green politicians in Germany have said a coalition agreement with Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the free-market Free Democratic party will be contingent on climate...

Mackerel on the move stir up European politics

10 Oct 17 - The impacts of climate change can lead to conflict, but conflict not necessarily leads to violence. This is exemplified with the so-called ‘’mackerel case’’.

Powerco changes name and abandons fossil fuels

4 Oct 17 - Denmark's DONG Energy has fully abandoned power generation from oil and gas, and is changing its name to Ørsted to pledge its commitment to clean energy technologies.

Europe playing a two-faced climate change game

3 Oct 17 - EU member states risk undermining the diminishing confidence Europeans have in the union by playing a two-faced game on climate change.


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