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Britain receives final warning on ‘shameful’ air pollution levels

The European Commission has threatened Britain with court action and hundreds of millions of pounds in fines for persistently breaching EU limits on air pollution. Advertisements

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

EXCLUSIVE / Germany, the EU’s most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

FuelsEurope boss: Burning global-warming petrol is society’s choice

The burning of petroleum in transport, despite its contribution to climate change, is a choice made by customers in a society that runs on liquid fuel, John Cooper has said. … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU rules to protect birdlife and habitats – under threat from a review driven by the European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ strategy – are fit for purpose, according to leaked … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Belgium failing to protect Brussels eurocrats from killer fumes

EXCLUSIVE / The Belgian government has failed to protect workers in Brussels’ EU quarter from deadly traffic fumes, according to legal action filed against it by the European Commission.

May 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forestry carbon credit loophole could be used to game climate commitments

EXCLUSIVE / Weaknesses in the oversight of the European Union’s forestry sector has exposed it to the risk of being used to game government climate commitments and scoop up millions … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Juncker met 18 business lobbyists in 2015, but not one green NGO

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not meet a single green NGO in 2015, but found time for one-on-one meetings with 18 business and industry organisations. Juncker’s website shows … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coal lobby chief: COP21 means ‘we will be hated like slave traders’

EXCLUSIVE / The coal industry’s European lobbying association has said that the landmark deal to cap global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris means the sector “will be hated … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adidas, Puma, Aldi, Commerzbank demand EU policy overhaul after COP21

EXCLUSIVE/ Adidas, Puma, Aldi, and Commerzbank are among more than 30 German business giants demanding an overhaul of EU climate and energy policy after Saturday’s landmark deal (12 December) to limit … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sketch: COP21 circus ends with love letters to Paris

“It’s like a European Council summit on drugs that goes on for weeks,” one flustered delegate at the UN Climate Change Conference told your reporter last week.

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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