Climate change Archives

  • How Europe’s war on plastics is affecting petrochemicals

    News | Energy 27-08-2019

    With oil use in cars expected to peak in the mid-2020s, oil companies are seeking shelter in petrochemicals – and plastics – where demand is still going strong. However, even that notion is now being challenged because of a global plastics backlash led by Europe.

  • G7 agrees on €18 million plan for forest fires but Brazil refuses aid

    News | Global Europe 27-08-2019

    On Monday (26 August), the second day of the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, climate protection was on the agenda. Even though states agreed on a plan to tackle forest fires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil rejected foreign aid. EURACTIV Germany reports

  • G7 Leaders, take a stand for Africa!

    Opinion 24-08-2019

    Africa is still heavily reliant on coal. To protect the climate, leading industrialised countries should help Africa to invest in clean growth and leapfrog to renewables, says former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

  • Merkel speaks in favour of increasing EU’s 2030 climate target to 55%

    News 23-08-2019

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte have announced they would collaborate to strengthen climate protection at EU level, following a meeting in the Hague on Thursday (22 July). Could this be Merkel’s comeback as the ‘climate Chancellor’? EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

  • ‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

    News 23-08-2019

    The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 

  • Why the ocean should be on the G7 agenda

    News 22-08-2019

    Surfrider Europe, a French organisation fighting for clean oceans,  is organising an event ahead of the G7 summit in France. The aim is to call for incorporating ocean protection into international negotiations, particularly those concerning climate change. EURACTIV's partner la Tribune reports.

  • World’s largest electric ferry enters service in Denmark

    News | Shipping 19-08-2019

    An all-electric ferry, purported to be the world’s largest, completed its first voyage between two Danish islands last week, as the shipping sector gears up for strict new emission laws due to take effect in 2020.

  • Humanity is increasingly living above its means

    News | Energy & Environment 19-08-2019

    On Monday (29 July), which is three days earlier than last year, humanity had consumed more resources than the planet is capable of offering within a year. This is according to a report by the environmental NGO Global Footprint Network. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.

  • How do Power-to-X technologies work?

    News | Climate strategy 2050 19-08-2019

    P2X, P2Y, PtG, PtL, power-to-gas... These somewhat cryptic terms stand for energy conversion processes that can be used to store surplus power from renewable sources and help meet climate targets. But whether they will actually reduce emissions depends on many  different factors, EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • July 2019 hottest month on record for planet, US agency finds

    News 16-08-2019

    July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday (15 August), confirming earlier observations by the European Union.

  • Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

    News 09-08-2019

    The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity, with cascading risks becoming increasingly severe as global temperatures rise, according to a landmark UN report compiled by some of the world's top scientists. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

  • Greta Thunberg: World leaders must prove they’ve listened to climate activists

    News 06-08-2019

    World leaders must prove that they have listened to young climate activists after a year of protests has not led to any progress in the reduction of greenhouse emissions, leading activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday (5 August).

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