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UK scrambles to decide first post-Brexit climate pledge

Tuesday - Britain is preparing to announce its first solo carbon-cutting pledge to the Paris climate agreement, in a tight political manoeuvre ahead of an ambition summit on December 12.

European states ordered to respond to climate suit

Tuesday - The European court of human rights has ordered 33 European governments to respond to a landmark climate lawsuit lodged by six youth campaigners, the Guardian has learned.

Scottish homes will use 100% green hydrogen in world first

Tuesday - Scotland is set to start the world’s first trials of green hydrogen to replace natural gas for cooking and heating in 300 homes.

Italian and German trains hitch up to hydrogen bandwagon

Tuesday - Rail operators in Italy and Germany are turning to hydrogen power in an attempt to make their train networks more environmentally friendly, with Deutsche Bahn, partnering up with Siemens, among the trailblazers.

China to force firms to report use of plastic in new recycling push

Tuesday - Restaurants, e-commerce platforms and delivery firms will be forced to report their utilisation of single-use plastics to the authorities and also submit formal recycling plans, China's commerce ministry said in proposals published on Monday.

Draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction

Tuesday - International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels.

Severe fire danger for Australia as temperatures smash records

Monday - Parts of Australia, including Sydney, have sweltered through the hottest November night on record with temperatures likely to stay high, prompting authorities to issue a total fire ban.


Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children

Monday - People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic...

Ammonia – a fuel of the future?

Monday - Like hydrogen, ammonia can play a key role in decarbonising Europe’s heavy industry and transport. So why isn’t it grabbing the headlines in the same way?

Big bosses join to beat climate change

Friday - Australia’s top corporate leaders have met to discuss tackling climate change in line with the Paris Agreement as part of an environmental initiative backed by Richard Branson’s The B Team.

EU backs global hydrogen market with euro as key currency

Friday - Europe wants to install the euro as the reference currency for trading hydrogen, but a global market with harmonised standards needs to be put in place first in order to meet demand, says the EU’s...

EU urged to address aviation’s full climate impact, including non-CO2 emissions

Friday - The aviation sector’s climate impact is three times bigger than the effect of its carbon dioxide emissions alone, a new study shows, prompting calls for action.

Western Europe cools on plans for nuclear power

Friday - News that two more reactors in the United Kingdom are to shut down on safety grounds earlier than planned has capped a depressing month for nuclear power in Europe.

'Jet-zero' green flight goal dismissed as a gimmick

Thursday - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “jet-zero” goal of a commercial transatlantic flight producing no carbon emissions by 2025 is a gimmick, according to experts, who say technology alone cannot...

Norway hikes cash for rainforests, seeking corporate help to slow losses

Thursday - Norway is doubling the price it guarantees developing nations to keep their tropical forests standing, in a step to slow catastrophic losses and encourage big companies to invest far more in nature...

Steelmakers call for ‘Green Deal’ to counter Chinese dumping

25 Nov 20 - New Zealand is not alone in considering a carbon border-tax on steel; steelmakers in Europe say they need a "Green Deal" to protect them from high-emissions imports from China.

Carbon-pricing rises as world's weapon of choice in climate fight

25 Nov 20 - Can you put a price on pollution? Some of the world's biggest economies are doing just that as they wrestle with how to make good on grand pledges to tame planet-warming emissions.

Coal financing evaporates as countries go carbon-free

25 Nov 20 - Financing for coal projects is drying up at ever increasing rates as more countries target zero carbon emissions amid an energy transition sweeping the world, participants at Asia’s biggest gathering...

CO2 hits new record despite covid-19 lockdowns

24 Nov 20 - Climate-heating gases have reached record levels in the atmosphere despite the global lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has said.


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