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France puts climate, energy talks on EU summit table

Topic: 2015 UN Climate Summit

Polish president says won't ratify Kyoto carbon-cutting pact

Poland's new conservative president on Tuesday (27 October) refused to endorse an amendment to the United Nation's Kyoto Protocol that would require the coal-dependent EU country to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable Dev. 13-05-2015

World Bank advocates long term thinking on climate change

Switching to a zero-carbon economy is more than just a dream, according to the World Bank. But costs will be high for countries that fail to act quickly. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 26-03-2015

Maldives: Many islands will disappear, despite COP 21 agreement

Abdullahi Majeed, the Maldives' Minister of State for Environment & Energy, fears that many island states will be wiped off the map, even if an ambitious agreement is reached at COP 21. EurActiv France reports
Sustainable Dev. 03-02-2015

Hedegaard: World should stay below 2 degrees global temperature increase

Speaking to EurActiv in its #Media4EU event, former Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that she hopes 'there will be enough political will” to reach a global agreement on a “below 2 degrees average temperature increase” in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year
Development Policy 18-12-2014

German development policy ‘lacks coherence’ before landmark year

With its 2015 European Year for Development, the EU hopes to inspire citizens to fight global hunger and poverty. But as ambitious targets threaten to remain unfulfilled, experts warn that a lack of collaboration among political actors is to blame. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 09-12-2014

Global comparison reveals Germany's 'Energiewende dilemma'

Swelling CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation hurt Germany’s score in the latest global climate protection index compiled by the NGO Germanwatch. But the government’s latest action plan could bring about positive change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 21-10-2014

Prakash Mathema: Poorest countries have the most to lose at UN climate talks

Nepal's Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration. 
Energy 10-10-2014

Poland says will cooperate on climate change - for a fee

Poland says it will need cash and help in curbing its emissions if it is to sign up for a new decade of EU green energy policy at talks this month, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2014

Annick Girardin: 'Climate refugees' should come first

Climate change is not just about the environment. It is also about people. France's Minister for Development, in conversation with EurActiv France, following this week's UN Climate Summit in New York.
Development Policy 25-09-2014

Summit prompts modest donations to climate fund

The UN Climate Summit prompted some developed countries to contribute to the Green Climate Fund, whose coffers had remained empty since its launch. But the amount of money pledged is still a long way off from what is required. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 19-09-2014

The EU and Development Aid

The European Parliament’s new Development Committee, chaired by Linda McAvan, has been formed at an important juncture for development policy. In the run-up to May’s elections the merit and value of Overseas Development Assistance was loudly questioned by UKIP and other Eurosceptic parties.
Development Policy 02-09-2014

Measuring inclusive growth

In 2015, the Milennium Development Goals' deadline strikes. But considerable unfinished business and significant performance discrepancies remain, writes Mahmoud Mohieldin.
Agriculture & Food 23-07-2014

True 'growth' for Europe’s nature and people

The Italian presidency puts forward smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as one of its priorities, leading the EU in the coming months. But what does this mean, exactly, for the European citizen, Luigi Epomiceno wonders.
Sustainable Dev. 11-07-2014

UN report: economic growth and decarbonisation ‘two sides of same coin'

The deep decarbonisation of developed economies, such as the EU, can go along with economic growth, according to a report published by the United Nations this week.
Energy 27-06-2014

An energy crisis bound to happen

European leaders will discuss energy security, climate and energy priorities from now until 2030. How far European leaders decide to go has implications beyond Europe’s doorstep, Natalia Alonso writes.
Sustainable Dev. 24-06-2014

World Bank: Climate policies could lift global GDP by trillions every year

Global economic output could rise by as much as an additional $2.6 trillion (€1.9tn) a year, or 2.2%, by 2030 if government policies improve energy efficiency, waste management and public transport, according to a World Bank report released on Tuesday (24 June).
Development Policy 31-03-2014

IPCC report: Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind

A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.
Sustainable Dev. 25-03-2014

Don't let the momentum on global warming go cold

Within the course of five days, Brussels will play host to Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. As the international community looks to keep global warming under 2°C, these leaders must insist on the same, writes Natalia Alonso.
Energy 21-03-2014

France wants a green future

As Europe sets the course for its energy and climate policy, according to a new survey, a majority of French polled support renewable energy sources, EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 18-03-2014

France puts climate, energy talks on EU summit table

With the Ukraine crisis expected to dominate the agenda at this week's EU summit, France and the UK are among the few countries prepared to discuss climate and energy issues. reports.