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Norway’s wealth fund eyes divesting from fossil fuels

20 Nov 17 - 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

16 Nov 17 - 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.

EU climate chief’s Paris suggestion sparks anger

28 Sep 17 - A suggestion by the EU’s climate chief that the US might water down its carbon-cutting pledge to the Paris Agreement has sparked outrage among veteran negotiators and developing countries.

26 Sep 17  Weakened Merkel means boost for coal phaseout

25 Sep 17  Innovation fuels Europe’s leadership on shared mobility

22 Sep 17  EU aims for 100% emission cuts in new mid-century roadmap

21 Sep 17  Angela Merkel the world's leading eco-vandal

20 Sep 17  Figueres wants EU action on ‘imported deforestation’

15 Sep 17  EU extends respite from airline carbon fees

14 Sep 17  EU moves closer to ‘genuine energy union’

13 Sep 17  Macron to pitch global environmental rights charter

8 Sep 17  Norway vote could be turning point for Arctic oil

8 Sep 17  France to ban oil, gas output on home soil

7 Sep 17  Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog

5 Sep 17  Glyphosate ban will kill ‘conservation agriculture’

4 Sep 17  Finland doubles down on nuclear power

30 Aug 17  Oslo puts ecological riches at the heart of the city

22 Aug 17  Swiss trees swelter as climate warms

21 Aug 17  It's a good bet Norway will be first fully electrified society

18 Aug 17  Norway selling out-of-date food to help to tackle waste

17 Aug 17  Switzerland and EU agree to link carbon markets

16 Aug 17  EU said to be considering electric car quota

15 Aug 17  Norway's push for Arctic oil threatens Paris goals

15 Aug 17  Climate change is triple risk to Europe

8 Aug 17  Sahara solar project aims to power Europe

7 Aug 17  Melting Alps glaciers could reveal hundreds of corpses

3 Aug 17  Coal lobby threatens to sue over clean air rules

31 Jul 17  EU court orders Poland to stop logging forest

31 Jul 17  Europe’s wind capacity grows but concerns persist

26 Jul 17  UK businesses urge PM to raise climate ambitions

26 Jul 17  Electric trams shuttle goods around Europe cities

21 Jul 17  Work for me, says Macron, and scientists flock to France

20 Jul 17  EU slapped for breaching access to environmental justice

13 Jul 17  Finland ignores scientists and increases logging

12 Jul 17  Changing climate puts load on labourers

7 Jul 17  France decrees commercial rooftops must be green

5 Jul 17  In the Netherlands, a better way to rebuild the beach

4 Jul 17  Europe's contribution to deforestation set to rise

3 Jul 17  Germany ‘massively weakens’ draft G20 climate plan

3 Jul 17  Lack of green options traps Europe’s energy poor

28 Jun 17  French leader vows to stop oil and gas licences

19 Jun 17  EU acts to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical in plastics

16 Jun 17  IT'S THE LAW: Sweden aims to be carbon neutral by 2045

15 Jun 17  Germany and California strengthen climate ties

8 Jun 17  UK leads way in Europe emissions reductions

25 May 17  Europe's last big primeval forest on brink of collapse

24 May 17  Swiss referendum votes in favour of renewables

23 May 17  UK companies better to stay with European ETS

23 May 17  Shell shareholders to vote for new climate goals

19 May 17  'Climate heroes' fight EU land and forest rules

18 May 17  Shell paid university for say on curriculum

11 May 17  EU countries paying coal companies to stick around


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