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Germany and Britain call for green recovery

29 Apr 20 - Germany and Britain say that efforts to revive the global economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic must ensure a ‘green recovery’ that helps the world to tackle climate change.

Dutch to act on emissions after court ruling

28 Apr 20 - The Dutch government has announced measures including huge cuts to coal use, garden greening and limits on livestock herds as part of its plan to lower emissions to comply with a supreme court ruling.

It’s a galloping goodbye to Europe’s coal

28 Apr 20 - The energy that has powered Europe for several hundred years, driving its industry, fighting its wars and keeping its people warm, is on the way out, fast.

France wants public buildings to be 50% wood

23 Apr 20 - The French Government is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50 per cent from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban...

France, Germany join call for green recovery

21 Apr 20 - Paris and Berlin have added their names to a growing list of EU capitals asking for the European Green Deal to be placed at the heart of the EU’s post-pandemic recovery plan.

Norway's a-ha moment made electric cars the answer

21 Apr 20 - Norway, a country fuelled by hydropower, has become the world’s electric vehicle leader.

EU hires BlackRock to advise on green bank rules

15 Apr 20 - BlackRock, one of the world’s largest investors in banks and fossil fuel companies, has been hired by the EU to work on potential new environmental rules for banks.

Spain obeys, but others drag the chain

7 Apr 20 - The Spanish government has submitted its energy and climate plan for 2030 to the European Commission, three months after the deadline, while five EU countries, including France, still need to turn in...

European recycling markets reel from coronavirus

24 Mar 20 - By MARK VICTORY | Concerns over the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak on key European recycling markets sharply escalated this week, following the adoption of further containment measures...

Europe’s farm sector struggles to cut emissions

13 Mar 20 - Europe’s agricultural sector has barely managed to reduce its emissions since 2018, according to a report by the European Environment Agency.

Greenpeace sues Poland's largest carbon emitter

13 Mar 20 - Greenpeace Poland has filed a lawsuit today against the largest carbon emitter in the country, demanding that the company stop any further fossil fuel investments and achieve net zero greenhouse gas...

Public backs ban on short-haul flights

12 Mar 20 - A majority of European citizens would support a ban on short-distance flights to fight climate change, according to a new survey.

EU announces ‘clean hydrogen alliance’

11 Mar 20 - Plans for an EU-wide hydrogen alliance were confirmed yesterday when the European Commission unveiled its new industrial strategy.

Inside Europe's shadow climate fight

10 Mar 20 - The EU’s new industrial strategy, due out today, is an opportunity to shake up more than a decade of lethargic progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Europe’s heavy industries.

Green Deal could cost 11m jobs, say unions

10 Mar 20 - Trade unions have stepped up warnings that the Green Deal put forward by the European Commission in December last year could put 11 million jobs at risk.

Build a North Sea wall and save Europe

6 Mar 20 - Two European scientists have proposed the ultimate flood barrier: they want to dam the North Sea and the English Channel with more than 600 kilometres of sea wall.

EU unveils law for climate neutrality by 2050

5 Mar 20 - Net-zero emissions by 2050 is set to be a legally binding objective for all 27 EU member states, according to the bloc's first climate law.

Countries line up for EU climate fight cash

4 Mar 20 - The European Commission has revealed which countries are eligible to split a €7.5 billion-strong climate fund, earmarked for spending on cleaning up heavy industry and supporting workers in the...

EIB vows new backing for environment projects

3 Mar 20 - The European Investment Bank is promising to help to boost climate and environment funding.

Netherlands faces pressure as global test case

28 Feb 20 - The Netherlands is under pressure to slash emissions in sectors such as power generation and agriculture after a ruling by a top court made the government a reluctant test case for tougher global...

18 Feb 20  EU plans to halve municipal waste by 2030

18 Feb 20  Europe’s airports face watery grave

12 Feb 20  Maps of Europe predict scale of climate catastrophe

10 Feb 20  Europe falls off the pace with solar power

5 Feb 20  Timber buildings can slow climate change

30 Jan 20  Oslo court backs Arctic oil exploration

12 Dec 19  Europe Green Deal will change whole economy

11 Dec 19  This small German town took back the power

10 Dec 19  Denmark adopts climate law to cut emissions

6 Dec 19  Iceland does an Ardern on green priority

29 Nov 19  EU parliament declares climate emergency

28 Nov 19  New EU chief flags climate policy as top issue

27 Nov 19  EU split on declaring climate emergency

22 Nov 19  EU cities confront building emissions

19 Nov 19  Germany approves climate protection law

18 Nov 19  No more money for fossil-fuel projects, says EIB

14 Nov 19  Green-wise Norway is drilling more wells

30 Oct 19  Fuel industry forces Russia to change plans

29 Oct 19  FARTY PARTY: Munich beer bash is a gas for emissions

25 Oct 19  Macron turns on climate protesters

21 Oct 19  Europe’s largest floating solar plant up and running

18 Oct 19  EU bank puts off climate policy decision

18 Oct 19  Italy eyes cheaper food without packaging

16 Oct 19  Copenhagen sprints to crown of first carbon-neutral capital

1 Oct 19  VILLAGERS DIG IN: 'Human rights before mining rights'

30 Sep 19  Poland plunges ahead with new coal mines

27 Sep 19  Activists suing Europe’s biggest coal plant

27 Sep 19  Newspaper says no thanks to ads from fossil fuel companies

10 Sep 19  EU bank begins green metamorphosis

6 Sep 19  Green is all the go in Ireland

5 Sep 19  Europe facing dramatic farmland devaluation

3 Sep 19  Europe confounds warming predictions

30 Aug 19  Frankfurt steels itself for car show anger

16 Aug 19  How Europe could power the world

12 Aug 19  Glasgow likely host of 2020 climate summit

2 Aug 19  The Med is Europe’s most waste-polluted sea

1 Aug 19  Airport expansion stalls on climate grounds

29 Jul 19  European bank looks to cut all fossil fuel projects

26 Jul 19  Von der Leyen faces carbon border tax battle

17 Jul 19  Climate stance pays off for new EC leader

12 Jul 19  EC candidate sees carbon first for Europe

12 Jul 19  France plans eco tax on plane tickets

8 Jul 19  Europe tackls China’s dominance of rare earth metals

2 Jul 19  What did Irish citizens’ climate assembly achieve

1 Jul 19  Denmark raises climate to highest priority

1 Jul 19  'Red alert' France records its hottest temperature in history

24 Jun 19  Four countries block EU climate deal

19 Jun 19  More countries back EU neutrality goal

18 Jun 19  Ireland has bold plan to tackle climate crisis

5 Jun 19  Finns going carbon-free faster than we are

29 May 19  Triumphant Greens demand more radical action

28 May 19  France’s nuclear industry stumbles along

27 May 19  Climate crisis could lead to nine-hour working week

24 May 19  Climate ambition in balance as Europe votes

14 May 19  Irish schools get a fail on climate change

13 May 19  CARBON BOOTPRINT: Fans set to leave their mark on Europe

10 May 19  CO2 to be buried in empty North Sea gas fields

10 May 19  Chernobyl has become a refuge for wildlife

9 May 19  Germany, Italy, Poland snub EU climate appeal

6 May 19  Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030

1 May 19  Spain’s socialists win with Green New Deal platform

30 Apr 19  Soccer and WWF join forces to boost sustainability

23 Apr 19  Flygskam (that's flight shame) is spreading across Europe

18 Apr 19  Europe needs its own Green New Deal

17 Apr 19  Finns vote for party against climate action

10 Apr 19  Europe’s food imports devour rainforests

4 Apr 19  German Greens want to become the people’s party

3 Apr 19  EU on track for 50% emission cuts by 2030

3 Apr 19  Ryanair joins what used to be the EU's all-coal polluters' club

2 Apr 19  Slovakia's new leader will fight Big Coal

18 Mar 19  EU votes for 55% emissions cuts by 2030

11 Mar 19  Norway to ditch some oil and gas stocks

11 Mar 19  Greenland’s winter rain washing away the icecap

6 Mar 19  Italy sees 57% drop in olive harvest

6 Mar 19  Climate-neutral EU can jumpstart economy

4 Mar 19  Finland approves ban on coal from 2029

4 Mar 19  EU invests €10b in low-carbon tech

1 Mar 19  Plastic trash will get youngsters a free book in southern Italy

27 Feb 19  EU experts eye trillion-euro climate pact

26 Feb 19  Germany eyes net-zero emissions by 2050

25 Feb 19  Back the science, Greta tells EU politicians

20 Feb 19  Majority of European firms have no reduction targets

19 Feb 19  Ireland lays ground for stronger climate action

18 Feb 19  In this Siberian town, the snow - and the future - is black

13 Feb 19  Sweden puts deadline on fossil-free ships

13 Feb 19  Islands declare emergency after invasion by hungry polar bears

13 Feb 19  Ambitious Danish island ends fossil fuel use

11 Feb 19  France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

29 Jan 19  Germany agrees to quit coal by 2038

21 Dec 18  How did grim Poland get such a strong carbon price?

20 Dec 18  EU reaches coal deal (with caveat for Poland)

20 Dec 18  Watch plastic toys, Christmas shoppers warned

19 Dec 18  EU agrees deal to cut emissions from cars

30 Nov 18  France sets up independent climate council

29 Nov 18  EU plan calls for ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050

28 Nov 18  End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs

26 Nov 18  Europe, too, will feel the heat

26 Nov 18  She trolled Trump, but can she lead green wave across Europe?

22 Nov 18  Ten EU countries demand net-zero goal

21 Nov 18  Hungary wants end to coal power by 2030

20 Nov 18  Europe could face migration chaos, says Kerry

16 Nov 18  France acts to ban deforestation imports

16 Nov 18  Carmakers slam new Spanish climate law

15 Nov 18  Venice flooding is getting worse

14 Nov 18  EU states call for tough action on deforestation

14 Nov 18  Can Teresa Ribera transform Spain?

12 Nov 18  Germany pours money into EV battery ventures

7 Nov 18  Ministers call for transparency in climate finance

31 Oct 18  Investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

31 Oct 18  Polish utility sued over financial risk of coal plant

29 Oct 18  Spain to close most coalmines in $400m deal

25 Oct 18  Brexit and Germany erode EU climate resolve

23 Oct 18  Russian town besieged by hungry polar bears

18 Oct 18  Greens big winners in European elections

18 Oct 18  Change ‘laboratories’ open up in EU

12 Oct 18  ‘Disappointed’ EU ministers agree on CO2 cuts

11 Oct 18  Dutch court shoots down government appeal

8 Oct 18  Protesters celebrate German forest's reprieve

5 Oct 18  Denmark ban plan includes hybrid cars

4 Oct 18  MEPs vote for 40% cut in car emissions by 2030

4 Oct 18  Paris builds zero-carbon future with a conscience

4 Oct 18  German official backs clearing forest for coal mine

26 Sep 18  Climate proposals terrify Polish unionists

26 Sep 18  Rubbish is powering Sweden’s electricity and buses

24 Sep 18  Switzerland's 'eternal' snow is melting faster

21 Sep 18  Business lobby plans to veto EU emissions cuts

21 Sep 18  Dutch recycling plant does the 'impossible'

19 Sep 18  France plans to go big on bikes

17 Sep 18  Europe must cut meat and dairy by 2050, says expert

14 Sep 18  Court orders Frankfurt to ban diesels

13 Sep 18  Europe air pollution killing 1000 a day

12 Sep 18  End nuclear power war, says France’s new minister

6 Sep 18  Macron under pressure to up his game

30 Aug 18  French environment minister walks out

29 Aug 18  Truck makers push back against EU carbon limits

28 Aug 18  Tropical disease outbreaks growing in Europe

28 Aug 18  Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

27 Aug 18  Don't divest, government advisers tell Norway

24 Aug 18  Sweden's reindeer at risk of starvation

23 Aug 18  EU carbon prices could rise quickly, says report

22 Aug 18  On the world's first floating farm, robots milk the cows

16 Aug 18  This new coal mine in Germany will soon gobble up 20 villages

16 Aug 18  Europe facing trillion-euros coastal flooding bill

16 Aug 18  Rising sea levels threaten Sinatra's old hangout

15 Aug 18  France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

14 Aug 18  EU carbon emissions price hits 10-year high

13 Aug 18  LITTER TWITTER: In this park, clever crows do the dirty work

9 Aug 18  Unions want Poland to push coal at UN climate talks

8 Aug 18  Battery makers fight for foothold in Europe

7 Aug 18  Ireland sees need to increase carbon tax

2 Aug 18  German farmers want $1b in drought aid

31 Jul 18  HOT NEWS: How the media has reported the northern heatwave

27 Jul 18  Anchovies, the fish that gave too much

26 Jul 18  Germany finds reaching climate targets hard work

18 Jul 18  Europe keeps on setting clean-energy records

17 Jul 18  Can Norway solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

16 Jul 18  Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village

13 Jul 18  Ireland first country to divest from fossil fuels

13 Jul 18  Germany powers to renewables record

13 Jul 18  Plastic waste makes floating pleasure park

10 Jul 18  Spain to lead energy transition in Europe?

10 Jul 18  TV coverage of bike races holds climate change clues

9 Jul 18  POPE'S PLEA: Don't turn Earth into a rubbish pile

9 Jul 18  Baltic Sea oxygen levels at 1500-year low

28 Jun 18  Italy wants to put a million e-cars on the road

26 Jun 18  France approves six offshore wind farms

21 Jun 18  European banks launch green mortgage scheme

20 Jun 18  EU efforts not living up to Paris promises

19 Jun 18  EU sets 32% renewable energy target by 2030

13 Jun 18  EU closes in on clean energy package

30 May 18  Dutch government appeals emissions ruling

29 May 18  'We can't see a future' group takes EU to court

28 May 18  New rules make investors report on e-risks

22 May 18  Shareholders put pressure on Shell

17 May 18  Europe renewables up - so are emissions

10 May 18  Lack of models holding back e-car market

1 May 18  The hills are alive with the signs of plastic

30 Apr 18  EU votes to ban bee-killing pesticide

26 Apr 18  EU backs new circular economy measures

5 Apr 18  Dutch group threatens take Shell to court

4 Apr 18  Europe's electric cars herald march of the gigafactories

28 Mar 18  Europe's carbon market finally doing its job

26 Mar 18  Macron pushes for EU minimum carbon price

23 Mar 18  BIRDS EMBATTLED; Europe faces biodiversity oblivion

19 Mar 18  Europe goes for two-speed approach to sustainable finance

16 Mar 18  Nervous about nukes? Don't worry, just swallow this pill

14 Mar 18  Germany’s new government deal fails Paris test

13 Mar 18  Europe, too, likes the look of circular economy

13 Mar 18  EC unveils new action plan on sustainable finance

9 Mar 18  Luxembourg home to half world’s green bonds

8 Mar 18  Spanish bank announces €100 billion climate plan

6 Mar 18  Ban on bee-killer pesticide likely after new study

1 Mar 18  Brussels eyes free transport on bad air days

28 Feb 18  German court rules cities can ban vehicles to tackle pollution

28 Feb 18  China must sign up to climate rules, says EU

21 Feb 18  German carmakers nervous on eve of court's diesel ban ruling

20 Feb 18  New apartment block will look like a forest

19 Feb 18  Cow dung overload brings call for cut in dairy herd numbers

19 Feb 18  Nordic nations usher in new era of green finance

16 Feb 18  Germany takes close look at free public transport

15 Feb 18  Germany’s energy and climate policy is taking shape

13 Feb 18  Paris might take fuel companies to court

8 Feb 18  EU to define what exactly is green investment

8 Feb 18  Europe’s biggest fossil fuel project gets public loan

7 Feb 18  EU says no trade deals with countries not in Paris pact

2 Feb 18  New index will track EU sustainable investment

1 Feb 18  EU renewables overtake coal for first time

31 Jan 18  France to close coal plants two years early

26 Jan 18  Gas field earthquakes put firms on notice

26 Jan 18  German emissions rise for second year in a row

25 Jan 18  The climate solution no-one in Davos will be talking about

15 Dec 17  Poland’s new leader eyes nuclear future

14 Dec 17  Germany the champion nation for recycling

14 Dec 17  ... and France is best at food sustainability

14 Dec 17  Europe utilities vow to be carbon neutral by 2050

13 Dec 17  Macron pays US scientists to move to France

11 Dec 17  Europe's coal plants bleeding cash

11 Dec 17  The most northerly town in the world is at risk of disappearing

11 Dec 17  Farm grows food under streets of Paris

8 Dec 17  Citizens fight EU weedkiller decision

7 Dec 17  Iceland's new PM vows carbon neutrality by 2040

7 Dec 17  In Poland’s coal heartland, miners imagine a greener future

7 Dec 17  Sacre bleu! It seems the French are world's smartest farmers

6 Dec 17  Can a massive barrier save Venice from drowning?

4 Dec 17  How Airbus was allowed to write its own climate rules

1 Dec 17  Southern Spain is getting that sinking feeling

28 Nov 17  Swedish power plant burns clothes instead of fossil fuels

23 Nov 17  You're spies, Russia tells green campaigners

23 Nov 17  Poland faces $170,000-a-day fines over illegal logging

23 Nov 17  Meet the green gurus who use 1400 disposable cups a day

21 Nov 17  Electric highway will link Norway and Italy

20 Nov 17  Norway’s wealth fund eyes divesting from fossil fuels

16 Nov 17  Activists sue Norway over Arctic exploration plan

13 Nov 17  EU strikes deal on carbon market reform

10 Nov 17  Germany's dirty coalmines focus for direct action

9 Nov 17  EU acts to clean up transport and boost e-vehicles

3 Nov 17  Europe still drilling for oil, despite Paris Agreement

31 Oct 17  Climate change looms like a tragedy for Greeks

30 Oct 17  Super-rich's supersonic private jets will be super-polluting

30 Oct 17  Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

26 Oct 17  EU eyes green clause in trade deals (including ours)

24 Oct 17  Development banks join forces to fight climate change

17 Oct 17  EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

16 Oct 17  Germany to miss climate targets ‘disastrously’

16 Oct 17  Italy's ominous supervolcano shows signs of waking

16 Oct 17  BALTIC BURPS: Clams giving off as much gas as 20,000 cows

11 Oct 17  German Greens put climate progress top of agenda

10 Oct 17  Mackerel on the move stir up European politics

4 Oct 17  Powerco changes name and abandons fossil fuels

3 Oct 17  Europe playing a two-faced climate change game

28 Sep 17  EU climate chief’s Paris suggestion sparks anger

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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