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Europe renewables up - so are emissions

17 May 18 - A bumper year for renewable energy didn’t stop Europe from increasing its emissions.

Lack of models holding back e-car market

10 May 18 - The rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from rather than a lack of public recharging points, say energy companies and carmakers.

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic

1 May 18 - A major study has found microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety.

EU votes to ban bee-killing pesticide

30 Apr 18 - The EU has overwhelmingly voted for a ban on the use of a pesticide known to be harmful to bees.

EU backs new circular economy measures

26 Apr 18 - The EU has taken a significant step towards principles which make an asset out of waste.

Dutch group threatens take Shell to court

5 Apr 18 - Campaigners are threatening to take Royal Dutch Shell to court in the Netherlands unless it takes major climate action.

Europe's electric cars herald march of the gigafactories

4 Apr 18 - Across Europe a wave of gigafactories are coming online, ready to meet the battery demands of a continent-wide switch to electric cars.

Europe's carbon market finally doing its job

28 Mar 18 - Europe’s $38 billion a year carbon market is finally starting to work the way it was intended, reining in pollution with a minimum of squealing from industry.

Macron pushes for EU minimum carbon price

26 Mar 18 - Europe must set a minimum price for carbon, says French President Emmanuel Macron, something that would require a new tax on imports from non-EU countries that are not doing enough to tackle climate...

BIRDS EMBATTLED; Europe faces biodiversity oblivion

23 Mar 18 - Intensive farming and pesticides could turn Europe’s farmland into a desert that ultimately imperils all humans, say the authors of report on the decline of bird numbers.

Europe goes for two-speed approach to sustainable finance

19 Mar 18 - Europe is quickly adopting an imbalanced, two-speed approach to sustainable finance, in which the “green” is moving much faster than the “social”.

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

16 Mar 18 - Belgian pharmacies will provide radiation-busting iodine tablets free of charge to anyone as part of the country’s new nuclear strategy,

Germany’s new government deal fails Paris test

14 Mar 18 - With the coalition agreement for a new German government under Angela Merkel, a major opportunity to realign German climate policy to the challenges of the Paris climate change agreement has passed.

Europe, too, likes the look of circular economy

13 Mar 18 - As the EU doubles down on its waste management efforts and sets its sights on tackling plastic waste, the idea of a circular economy and internal market for recycling is gathering momentum.

EC unveils new action plan on sustainable finance

13 Mar 18 - The European Commission has produced its strategy to make sustainability a key component of the financial sector within Europe for years to come.

Luxembourg home to half world’s green bonds

9 Mar 18 - Luxembourg and its very international stock exchange are well positioned to become the standard bearer that leads the green and sustainable finance industry of the future.

Spanish bank announces €100 billion climate plan

8 Mar 18 - The second-largest bank in Spain has launched a 100 billion euros initiative to support sustainable development and combat climate change.

Ban on bee-killer pesticide likely after new study

6 Mar 18 - A new study from the EU has found that the widespread use of a controversial pesticide on crops is harmful to the bee population.

Brussels eyes free transport on bad air days

1 Mar 18 - Brussels has moved to make the city’s public transport and bike share system free on the smoggiest days in a bid to drive down pollution levels.

German court rules cities can ban vehicles to tackle pollution

28 Feb 18 - Germany’s highest administrative court has ruled that diesel and other vehicles can be banned from some city streets as part of efforts to improve air quality,

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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