Sam Morgan

Energy 18-08-2017

Norway close to becoming planet’s first ‘fully electrified society’

Norway has the renewable resources and political will to become the world’s first country to use entirely clean electricity for its power demands, according to a new report by Energi Norge, a non-profit industry group representing Norwegian electricity companies.

Electric cars 17-08-2017

Italian lake goes all electric

Italy’s picturesque Lake Como has become Europe’s first ‘electric destination’ after efforts to install a far-reaching electric-charging network were finally realised.

Energy 17-08-2017

Giant floating wind turbines installed off Scottish coast, in world first

The world’s first floating wind farm is taking shape off the coast of Scotland, in waters normally too deep for turbine installation.

Air Pollution 17-08-2017

US renewable energy growth helped prevent thousands of deaths

New research has revealed that up to 12,700 deaths were prevented over a nine-year-period in the United States, thanks to an increase in renewable energy use and tighter regulation.

Electricity 15-08-2017

France-Italy energy link secures hefty EU loan

The European Investment Bank has agreed to lend an Italy-France interconnector project €130 million to support investments.

Brexit 15-08-2017

Big Ben’s Brexit bong in doubt

London's famous 'Big Ben' bell will cease its regular bongs on 21 August, falling silent for most of the next four years for renovation works. It will ring for important events like New Year's Eve but perhaps not the exact moment the UK leaves the EU.

Energy 15-08-2017

EU ready to roll out new vacuum cleaner rules

New EU rules on vacuum cleaners come into force next month, as Brussels looks to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Energy 14-08-2017

Coal expansion plans up in smoke as Europe realises mistake

Substantial coal power expansion in Europe has been significantly scaled back in recent years after utility companies realised they bet on the wrong horse, according to a new study by the University of Oxford.

Energy 04-08-2017

Desert solar project could power 5 million EU homes

A consortium of clean energy developers has applied for permission to build a gigantic solar power plant on the edge of the Sahara desert, which will be linked to Europe by a number of undersea cables and could power over 5 million homes.

Enlargement 02-08-2017

Bulgaria pledges to champion Macedonia’s EU and NATO dreams

The European Union has welcomed the signing of a bilateral treaty between Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in which the EU member has promised to support the latter’s EU integration.

Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.

Air Pollution 01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.

EU court bans logging in Poland’s primeval forest

The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an emergency ban on logging in Poland’s protected Białowieża forest.

Energy 28-07-2017

Europe’s wind capacity grows but concerns persist

The first half of 2017 saw 6.1 gigawatts of extra wind power capacity installed in Europe. But a lack of long-term political commitment has hit investment and market concentration remains problematic.

Health 28-07-2017

Athens and Milan throw names into EU medicines agency hat

Hosting the European Medicines Agency brings considerable economic benefits to the host city as the service employs more than 1,000 people, paid by the EU. Athens and Milan are keen to secure a slice of this lucrative pie.

Air Pollution 27-07-2017

Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs

Health costs related to fossil fuel use outweigh taxpayer-funded subsidies by 600%, according to a new study that insists governments should stop pumping money into dirty energy sources.

Global Europe 27-07-2017

EU naval mission granted more time and objectives

The European Council on Tuesday (25 July) extended the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean, despite concerns that Operation Sophia has not been effective in breaking up people-smuggling networks.

Brexit 26-07-2017

The Brief: Headless chlorine chickens

Chlorinated chicken, washed eggs, beef dripping in hormones. Sound tasty?

Electricity 26-07-2017

UK to reward green consumers, ban dirty vehicles

British consumers could enjoy savings worth billions of pounds as a result of major changes to electricity generation, usage and storage, under new plans by the UK government. Westminster also intends to ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

Europe's East 25-07-2017

The Brief: Ukraine needs more than Normandy

The Normandy group of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine is failing to secure any kind of lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. That's why the format needs to be extended to include the entire EU.

18-07-2017

The Brief: Europe’s Latin love

Europe’s long-term relationship with the US has hit a rocky patch and a number of trysts in the East haven’t met expectations. But there’s life in the Old Continent yet, with a promising love affair in Latin America blooming.

13-07-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Loose policy sinks ships

The EU’s naval mission in the Med has failed to stop the criminals it was meant to target and has actually contributed to more deaths, according to a report by the UK parliament. So why is Ireland on the brink of joining Operation Sophia?

MEPs back Commission’s opinion-dividing land use proposal

The European Parliament’s environment committee on Tuesday (11 July) adopted a proposal on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). But the draft report has provoked criticism across sectors, as it now moves towards a full plenary vote and trialogue.

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Migration only factor bumping up EU population

The European Union’s population increased last year, despite the same number of births and deaths being recorded. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the bump was driven by migration.