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Climate change 22-09-2021

Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed

Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe Biden, at the UN on Tuesday (21 September), but warned that rich countries needed to do more to ensure the poorest received the assistance they need. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 28-04-2021

Global alliance for phasing out coal not fit for purpose, says NGO

An attempt by the UK government to encourage countries and businesses around the world to quit coal for power generation is failing to make an impact, and in danger of being used as “greenwash”, an assessment has found. EURACTIV media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Energy 22-03-2021

UK government’s green homes grant in urgent need of rescue, MPs say

The UK government’s flagship home insulation scheme, intended to kickstart a green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, has been botched, disastrous in administration, devastating in some of its impacts, and stands in urgent need of rescue, an influential committee of MPs has said. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 25-01-2021

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds

The melting of ice across the planet is accelerating at a record rate, with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets speeding up the fastest, research has found. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 21-09-2020

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest half, says Oxfam

The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 12-06-2020

Carbon emissions in ‘surprisingly rapid’ surge post-lockdown

Busier roads are to blame for the upsurge in carbon emissions as workers shun public transport. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

COVID-19 relief for fossil fuel industries risks green recovery plans

The failure of governments and central banks to set out a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis is threatening to derail vital UN climate talks aimed at staving off global catastrophe, campaigners have warned. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 09-12-2019

UN climate talks failing to address urgency of crisis, says top scientist

Urgent UN talks on tackling the climate emergency are still not addressing the true scale of the crisis, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has warned, as high-ranking ministers from governments around the world began to arrive in Madrid for the final days of negotiations. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Air Quality 17-04-2018

Over 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, study finds

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 13-12-2017

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

The European commission has announced funding of €9bn (£8bn) for action on climate change, one of a flurry of measures from governments, businesses and investors aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.
Circular economy 13-10-2017

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable, reports EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian.
Energy 06-09-2017

Better energy efficiency measures could cut UK costs by billions

More efficient use of energy in the UK would save as much power as could be generated by six new nuclear reactors and shave £7.5bn (€8.1bn) from energy costs, experts have calculated. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 29-06-2017

Three years left to stop dangerous climate change, experts warn

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.
Climate change 03-11-2016

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.
Climate change 22-10-2015

Paris climate pledges ‘will slow energy emissions’

Pledges on greenhouse gas emissions made ahead of landmark climate talks in December will result in a dramatic slowdown in the growth of carbon from the energy sector - but will not reverse it within the next 15 years, the world’s energy watchdog said on Wednesday (21 October).
Climate change 13-10-2015

Stick to emissions targets regardless of EU membership, UK government told

Britain should aim to cut its carbon dioxide output by about half by 2030, whether there is an exit from the European Union or not, according to advice published on Tuesday (13 October) by the Committee on Climate Change.
Development Policy 29-05-2015

Poor nations waiting for a deal on climate, says French minister

Developing countries are “waiting to see” what rich nations will offer them in global warming talks, the French minister of environment has said, ahead of crunch negotiations to be hosted in Paris later this year.
Energy 30-03-2015

Fossil fuels must stay in ground – but be realistic, Chris Smith says

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans will suffer a premature death in the next two decades as the result of governments’ failure to act on air pollution, Europe’s environmental watchdog has warned.
Climate change 24-02-2015

UK will need to import over half of its food within a generation, farmers warn

More than half of the UK’s food will come from overseas within a generation, as a rising population and stalling farm productivity combine to erode what remains of the UK’s self-sufficiency, according to farming leaders.
Energy 10-02-2015

EU energy consumption level falls to 20-year low

Energy consumption in the European Union has fallen to levels last seen more than two decades ago, statistics published on Monday showed.
Climate change 18-01-2015

Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government

The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change – but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world and agriculture, a new analysis has found.
Climate change 22-11-2013

Green groups walk out of UN climate talks

Environment and development groups together with young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday (21 November) in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw.

€208m forests initiative launched at UN climate talks in Warsaw

A new $280m (€208m) initiative to help save the world's remaining forests was launched by the UK, the US and Norway at the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Wednesday.