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Climate change 07-10-2021

EU ministers sign off on COP26 position, with one caveat

EU environment ministers on Wednesday (6 October) agreed on an ambitious stance going into the COP26 climate summit in November, but said they will only implement it if all other signatories of the Paris Agreement commit to do the same.
Climate change 01-10-2021

‘We are listening’: Italy says leaders will heed young activists’ climate calls

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pledged on Thursday (30 September) that world leaders would listen to the demands of young climate activists ahead of the United Nations COP26 summit in November, after a meeting in Milan with Greta Thunberg.
Climate change 15-09-2021

Just one country on course to meet 1.5°C target, new research warns

Only Gambia is currently on course to deliver climate action that is in alignment with the 1.5°C pathway of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which warns that momentum on updating climate targets has stalled. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
Climate change 02-08-2021

The climate crisis is here and it is already killing people

This is the moment for urgent and equitable action to prevent dangerous global warming and address the climate crisis, ensuring that those responsible for it do not end up paying the heaviest price, argue climate activists.

EU’s new climate package must now close the ‘National Ownership Gap’

Europe must go beyond EU-level targets and ambition to implement climate action across member states, if it wants to reach its own ambition and limit the world to 1.5°C warming, write Sharon Turner and Thomas Muinzer.
Energy 05-07-2021

Rebound in global gas demand threatens international climate targets – IEA

A rebound in global gas demand to 2024 following the record fall last year is poised to knock the world off track from reaching its goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Monday (5 July).
Energy 01-07-2021

Spain joins campaign to phase out coal by 2030

Spain on Wednesday (30 June) joined an international campaign to set a date for closing all coal plants by 2030, signing up to a target it looks well-placed to beat by a wide margin.
Climate change 28-06-2021

The EU needs to make its upcoming climate and energy legislative package ‘Fit for 1.5°C’

A post-covid Europe must make far more effort when it comes to tackling climate change. Even with its recently enhanced target of at least 55% emissions reduction by 2030, the EU still fails to keep us safe from a climate catastrophe, argues Wendel Trio.

EU plans mix of mandatory and voluntary rules to tackle deforestation

The European Commission is planning to adopt a combination of mandatory and voluntary due diligence rules later this year to prevent global deforestation in its supply chains, marking a sharp turn away from its reliance on voluntary schemes.
EU-China 31-05-2021

Europe calls for more ambitious climate policies ahead of COP26

The world has made good progress on targets to reach net zero emissions, but now it must match those goals with policies, a senior EU official has said.

What can the US and the EU learn from each other to accelerate climate action?

The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, has set the way forward for all countries to act together in curbing climate change.
Climate change 09-04-2021

Lemurs and giant tortoises among species at risk if global warming reaches 3°C

Unique island species including lemurs and the Galapagos giant tortoise could be at high risk of extinction if the planet warms by more than 3°C above pre-industrial levels, new research warns. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 16-03-2021

‘Very big tasks ahead’ in EU climate law negotiations

There are still many outstanding issues, particularly on climate ambition, after the fourth round of negotiations on Europe’s climate law closed on Friday (12 March), according to Jytte Guteland, the lead negotiator from the European Parliament.
Climate change 15-03-2021

A photo-op with Jair Bolsonaro, anyone?

The EU must understand that a promise in a trade deal is no substitute for a deforestation control policy – something that’s awfully lacking in Brazil under its far-right regime, writes Marcio Astrini.

US envoy promotes climate alignment with Europe

The EU and Washington need to align to tackle climate change, US envoy John Kerry said in Brussels on Tuesday (9 March), confirming the new US administration's policy shift away from Donald Trump's roll back of environmental protections.
Climate change 26-02-2021

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5C goal, UN warns

Updated plans to reduce emissions, submitted so far by about 75 nations ahead of November's COP26 summit, barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals, the UN climate chief said on Friday (26 February), calling for redoubled efforts.

Europe’s adaptation strategy to tackle human cost of climate change

The EU's climate adaptation strategy, due to be unveiled on Wednesday (24 February), will aim to tackle the human cost of climate change, both within Europe and around the world, amid calls from trade unions to reinforce protection for the most exposed workers.
Climate change 19-02-2021

As US formally rejoins the Paris Agreement, eyes turn to 2030 emissions goal

Thirty days after Joe Biden entered the White House, the US is officially back in the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News reports.

Only fractions of global heavy industry are aligned with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 16-02-2021

EU readies reforms to Energy Charter Treaty as climate criticisms mount

The European Commission is expected to propose reforms to an international energy treaty as early as Monday (15 February), EU officials said, after some governments have said the bloc should consider quitting the agreement because it could threaten climate goals.
Climate change 05-02-2021

EU climate neutrality by 2050 is not Paris-compatible

The EU's aim for net zero by 2050 is insufficient to meet the Paris Agreement and limit warming to 1.5°C. To avoid climate catastrophe, Europe needs to rethink auctions for renewable energy and reintroducing support for small scale supply, argue Hans-Josef Fell and Dr Thure Traber.

Biodiversity needs its own Paris Agreement, von der Leyen says

The world needs a Paris-style agreement for biodiversity, the President of the European Commission said on Tuesday (26 January).
Energy 18-01-2021

Shift to renewables ‘significantly decreased’ emissions, EU agency says

Europe's shift from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable sources has cut down on greenhouse gas emissions while tackling environmental problems, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Monday (18 January).
Climate change 18-01-2021

EU should set a joint and ambitious standard for climate finance

As COP 26 approaches, the EU needs to adopt a joint and ambitious approach to climate finance to ensure that EU countries stand by their financial commitments under the Paris Agreement, writes Mattias Söderberg and Conor O'Neill.