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
Brexit: What does it mean for climate and energy?
On 23 June, the British people will go to the polls to decide whether they want to leave or remain in the European Union.
EU Commission’s energy security plan ‘blind to renewables’
In the first test for Europe’s energy policy since the Paris climate summit, the EU Commission is accused of being ‘blind to renewables’ after it, today, released an energy security proposal which could lock Europe into decades of fossil fuel...
European wind makes strides, but falls down global leaderboard
Wind energy is booming across Europe, but the continent risks being outshone by China as some EU countries fail to offer long term certainty to investors.
UK fracking fight heats up as Lancashire appeal begins
The debate around the UK’s fledgling fracking industry is once again raging today as planning inspectors begin to hear Cuadrilla’s appeal against the rejection of its plans for exploratory drilling in West Lancashire.
Brexit would return Britain to being the “dirty man of Europe”
A group of leading environmentalists have warned that the UK could become "the dirty man of Europe" again, with a return to poor air and water quality, filthy beaches and weak conservation laws, if it was to leave the European Union.