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Spain to close half its coal-fired power stations

Wednesday - 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 mines.

How Europe can be carbon-neutral by 2040

Tuesday - 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 system by then.

Ireland latest country to set net-zero target

Tuesday - Ireland’s 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 farmers’ anger

29 Jun 20 - The poster advertising an evening of debate and organic canapés looked familiar to environmentally conscious Germans - a rugged pair of hands, cupping fertile brown soil, underneath the slogan “Farms instead of agricultural factories”, written in a font mimicking that of a popular biodynamic food brand.

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 and the alpine ice is being protected from global warming.

Siberia heat wave sets alarm bells ringing

18 Jun 20 - A prolonged heatwave in Siberia is “undoubtedly alarming”, climate scientists have said. The freak temperatures have been linked to wildfires, a huge oil spill and a plague of tree-eating moths.

This job will take more than a few more cycle lanes

17 Jun 20 - The coronavirus lockdown gave a glimpse of what cleaner cities can look like, but as people turn to private cars for safety from infection, pollution could soar.


Carbon-neutral coffee arrives by schooner

16 Jun 20 - The French schooner De Gallant has docked in Falmouth harbour three months after leaving Santa Marta in Colombia laden with tonnes of sustainably sourced coffee beans.

LOVE IS BLIND: Germany's affair with the car

12 Jun 20 - A world leader in cutting emissions from electricity production, the German government, in thrall to the auto industry, "overlooked" pollution from cars and trucks.

Germany unveils plans for €40bn climate splurge

8 Jun 20 - The German government has unveiled plans for a massive €130 billion stimulus package that features at least €40 billion climate-related spending.

Siberia dries out as forests burn

8 Jun 20 - A huge swathe of Arctic Russia is changing rapidly as oil leaks, the climate warms and Siberia dries out.

European Green Deal needs strong methane rules

4 Jun 20 - Oil and gas companies throughout the supply chain need to do much more to bring down methane emissions immediately, says Shell's new-energies director Maarten Wetselaar.

EU recovery fund has green strings attached

28 May 20 - It’s now official: the EU’s updated seven-year €1 trillion budget proposal and €750 billion recovery plan will both be geared towards the green and digital transitions.

Denmark proposes two huge ‘energy islands’

21 May 20 - Denmark plans to build two “energy islands” totalling 4GW of offshore wind capacity, under plans to reduce emissions by 70 per cent from 1990s levels by 2030 and become a green energy exporter.

Europe plans for three billion trees in 10 years

20 May 20 - The European Commission this week will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis, including a call for three billion trees to be planted by 2030 and a plan to better protect...

Spain sets out to cut gas emissions by 2050

20 May 20 - Spain’s Cabinet is set to approve a bill setting out a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, putting it on course to join a handful of wealthy nations that have written the...

How Dutch were forced into emissions cuts

6 May 20 - Last month, the Dutch government announced a bold set of climate policies designed to reduce annual carbon emissions by nearly 10 megatons.

VW set for Dieselgate legal showdown

30 Apr 20 - Germany’s main court for civil and criminal matters will hear a diesel emissions scandal case for the first time next week.

Germany defends €10 billion airline bailout

30 Apr 20 - Germany’s environment minister has defended a planned bailout of the country’s largest airline to protect jobs in the short term, insisting the next phase of post-coronavirus recovery will be green.


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