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EU and Swiss carbon markets to link

Tuesday - A planned link-up of the European Union and Swiss carbon markets will be operational from September, the European Commission says, giving companies a broader pool of potential partners with which to trade emissions permits.

Paris weathers one of worst heatwaves in a century

Monday - Paris is facing one of its worst heat waves in more than a century, with daily average temperatures hovering around 30deg over a seven-day period and hitting a maximum of 39 degrees on Sunday, according to forecaster Meteo-France.

EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

Thursday - The European Commission is proposing strengthening its 40 per cent greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50 per cent or 55 per cent on 1990 levels in the next 10 years, but this doesn't meet the minimum level of ambition that climate science, and the EUís own climate-neutrality goal, say is needed.

Ireland's Supreme Court damns country's climate policies

5 Aug 20 - In whatís being seen as a landmark judgement, Irelandís Supreme Court has ruled that the Dublin Government's policies on climate change are inadequate and has called for more action and clarity on the issue.

France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars

31 Jul 20 - France's government has announced new environmental measures, including a ban on heated terraces for cafes and bars.

Dutch city redraws layout to prepare for heating effects

30 Jul 20 - The Dutch city of Arnhem is digging up asphalt roads and creating shady areas around busy shopping districts after concluding that the consequences of global heating are unavoidable.

Deutsche Bank to cut ties with coal companies

29 Jul 20 - Deutsche Bank will end business worldwide with the companies most exposed to coal mining by 2025 at the latest, as part of a revamp of its policies on financing the fossil fuel industry.


Renewables overtake fossil fuels in EU power generation

24 Jul 20 - Renewable sources have overtaken coal, oil and gas in EU electricity generation for the first time, new analysis shows.

Is corona a crisis too far for far-right outsiders?

22 Jul 20 - In recent years, far-right political parties in Europe have capitalised on crises to build their support bases.

Island states urge EU to link to tougher target

EU Council President Charles Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meeting with the 27 national leaders in Brussels

20 Jul 20 - VULNERABLE COUNTRIES are urging the EU to link its coronavirus recovery funds and seven-year budget to a tougher 2030 climate target.

Portugal ends coal burning two years ahead of schedule

Sines coal power plant

20 Jul 20 - Portugal is the third EU country this year to announce early closure of its last coal plants, as rising carbon costs and competition from gas and clean energy bite.

EU spent lots on fossil fuels during energy crisis

16 Jul 20 - France, Germany and Italy have collectively spent $44 billion on fossil fuels during the coronavirus crisis, compared to $29 billion for clean energy, according to fresh data released yesterday.

Melting glacier yields newspapers from 1966 plane crash

14 Jul 20 - COPIES of Indian newspapers onboard an Air India jet that crashed into Mont Blanc in the 1960s have been revealed by melting ice on the mountainís Bossons glacier.

Marseille turns green with election of first woman mayor

Michele Rubirola

8 Jul 20 - Marseille has become the latest French municipality to elect a green mayor in a wave that has swept the country since local elections at the end of last month.

Spain to close half its coal-fired power stations

1 Jul 20 - Spain is on track to become a coal-free country in record time. All of its remaining coal-fired thermal power plants started shutting down yesterday, a year-and-a-half after the closure of the coal...

How Europe can be carbon-neutral by 2040

30 Jun 20 - The European Union can reach climate neutrality as early as 2040, according to a group of environmental NGOs which have mapped out a scenario to move the bloc towards a 100 per cent renewable energy...

Ireland latest country to set net-zero target

30 Jun 20 - Irelandís new coalition government has set itself a goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach neutrality by 2050.

Extremists exploit rural nostalgia and farmersí anger

29 Jun 20 - The poster advertising an evening of debate and organic canapťs looked familiar to environmentally conscious Germans - a rugged pair of hands, cupping fertile brown soil, underneath the slogan ďFarms...

Glacier gets the tarp treatment

25 Jun 20 - Workers lay out huge geotextile sheets on the Presena glacier in northern Italy A vast tarpaulin unravels, gathering speed as it bounces down the glacier over glinting snow. Summer is here...


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