Brexit: No excuse to ‘go back to year zero’ on climate
As the UK’s vote to leave the European Union sends shockwaves across the world, green groups warn the move cannot be an excuse to “go back to year zero on environmental protection”.
Brexit costs to be counted in health & climate impacts
The UK public will head to the polls next week, in a “climate referendum” that could see it turn its back on decades of progress on environmental issues, including climate change and air pollution.
Climate impacts laid bare as Europe’s flood waters ease
As Europe reels from flooding, which submerged streets, closed schools and saw thousands evacuated, EU leaders are reminded of the threats of climate change to the continent. 18 people were left dead and thousands more stranded as flash flood...
Global renewables boom, but is Europe reaping the benefits?
Renewable energy is booming as 2015 saw new sources coming online at a faster rate than ever.
Pressure mounts on Sweden to ditch Vattenfall coal sale
Pressure is mounting on the Swedish government to halt the sale of its German lignite mines, with a ‘special’ debate on the issue kicking off in the country’s Parliament.
The ‘fight goes on’ as UK ends 5-year fracking hiatus
Fracking could soon take place in the UK, following a five-year hiatus, as North Yorkshire County Council give Third Energy the green light to drill in Ryedale.
300,000+ public health professionals call on G7 to speed clean energy shift
More than 300,000 doctors, nurses, public health professionals and health advocates from 30 countries are calling on the world’s seven largest economies to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives ahead of this month’s high leve...
UK coal battle heads to Wales as fossil fuel fight goes global
In yet another call for the UK government to end its love affair with coal, hundreds of protesters have today shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in Ffos-y-fran, South Wales.
Biodiesel not a solution to EU emissions, warns NGO
Long touted as a way to decarbonise the EU’s transport sector, new analysis from NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has shown the use of biodiesel could increase emissions by 4% – the equivalent of putting 12 million cars on the road by 2020.
Swedish government under pressure to end Vattenfall’s ‘dirty’ coal deal
The Swedish government is in the spotlight today with calls for it to stop state-owned Vattenfall’s “dirty deal” to sell its German lignite – or brown coal – assets.
Coal plant closures becoming the new normal for Europe?
The downward spiral for Europe’s coal industry continued this week, with Belgium becoming the latest country to rid itself of the dirty energy source.
Bleak outlook for coal as UK closes three plants
The UK has put the world another step closer to ridding itself of coal with the closure of three more polluting power stations.
UK doctors: Climate change ‘gravest threat’ to human health
The UK’s leading health institutions are today calling for greater action to tackle one of the “the gravest threats to health”.
Germany on the brink of 95% emission reductions target
Germany could soon be a step closer to implementing the December’s historic Paris climate agreement with reports it is mulling a target to reduce emissions 95 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050.
Coal pollution costs Western Balkans dear
Heavy pollution from coal-fired power stations results in Serbia losing a third of its national wealth annually because of premature deaths caused by poor air quality.
China goes big on clean energy in latest Five-Year Plan
For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development.
Two steps forward, one step back: UK touts zero carbon future but backs fossils
Less than a week after it took a historic first step towards enshrining the Paris goal of a zero emissions future into law, the UK is accused of not putting “enough fuel in the tank to get us there”.
Greenland’s darkening ice is melting faster
A dusty film of pollution is muting the reflective whiteness of Greenland’s pristine icecap and making it vulnerable to accelerated melting rates.
EU Commission softens climate stance, all eyes turn to leaders
As EU environment ministers offer their support for more ambitious emission reductions, the Commission could be softening its stance, with its chief negotiator saying that he is open to increasing the bloc’s 2030 target.
EU under fire for ignoring Paris and backing gas
As the European Commission is accused of “pretending Paris didn’t happen”, new analysis warns the continent could waste up to €11.4 billion if it does not wake up to the risk of continued gas investment