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Ireland lays ground for stronger climate action

19 Feb 19 - Ireland’s struggle with climate change cuts to the heart of people’s daily lives and reflects the country’s revival after recession: more cars on the road and thriving cattle farms.

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

18 Feb 19 - Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological...

Sweden puts deadline on fossil-free ships

13 Feb 19 - Sweden’s shipping sector is preparing to end the use of fossil fuels domestically by 2045, in line with national climate goals.

Islands declare emergency after invasion by hungry polar bears

13 Feb 19 - Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.

Ambitious Danish island ends fossil fuel use

13 Feb 19 - A small Danish island ends fossil fuel use by combining ambitious aims with ensuring that local people have a say in cleaner replacements.

France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

11 Feb 19 - The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050.

Germany agrees to quit coal by 2038

29 Jan 19 - Germany will stop burning coal for electricity by 2038, under plans finalised by a commission at the weekend.

How did grim Poland get such a strong carbon price?

21 Dec 18 - Strange as it might sound, the coal-promoting host of this year’s climate negotiations, Poland, has one of the strongest carbon prices in the world.

EU reaches coal deal (with caveat for Poland)

20 Dec 18 - EU legislators have reached agreement over a proposed reform of electricity market rules that includes a 2025 cut-off date for coal subsidies, and a special clause for Poland.

Watch plastic toys, Christmas shoppers warned

20 Dec 18 - Christmas shoppers in Europe are being warned to avoid plastic toys after they appeared in more than half of EU intergovernmental alerts for products containing banned chemicals this year.

EU agrees deal to cut emissions from cars

19 Dec 18 - The European Union has agreed to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 per cent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and...

France sets up independent climate council

30 Nov 18 - France has set up independent climate council, a group of 13 experts which will hold the government to account for aligning with the Paris Agreement.

EU plan calls for ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050

Miguel Arias Canete

29 Nov 18 - The European Commission today will unveil its much-anticipated plan for a “climate-neutral Europe” in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and endorse a...

End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs

28 Nov 18 - When the semi-state company that harvests Ireland’s peatlands recently announced the closure of 17 bogs, the news was greeted as the end of an era.

Europe, too, will feel the heat

26 Nov 18 - Unrestrained global warming and a hotter climate will cost Europe dear in lives lost and economies squeezed. Even if it’s limited, there’ll be a price to pay.

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

26 Nov 18 - Swedish minister Isabella Lövin found fame in a jibe aimed at the White House. Now she aims for change beyond Twitter.

Ten EU countries demand net-zero goal

22 Nov 18 - Ministers from 10 EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next...

Hungary wants end to coal power by 2030

21 Nov 18 - Hungary is eyeing an end to coal-fired power generation by 2030, in a move that could shake the EU region most staunchly opposed to tougher climate change measures.

Europe could face migration chaos, says Kerry

20 Nov 18 - Europe faces deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, says former US secretary of state John Kerry.

France acts to ban deforestation imports

16 Nov 18 - France intends to stop importing soy, palm oil, beef, wood and other products linked to deforestation and unsustainable agriculture by 2030, shooting ahead of the rest of the EU.

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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