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EU overcomes sovereignty fears to secure deal on climate change

The European Union today (30 September) overcame fears over parliamentary sovereignty to secure a fast-track deal paving the way for the bloc to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Countries offered EU climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU countries will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under legislation … Continue reading

July 19, 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

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put … Continue reading

February 5, 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

COP21 celebrations, but governments must mind the emissions gap

World governments today (12 December) agreed a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Photos and video coverage from COP21

Mix of videos and photos taken during the last week of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. Sit-in protest during the talks Climate Commissioner reacts to announcement of … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

China pours cold water on EU’s ambition coalition at COP21

China tonight (11 December) poured cold water on the European Union’s ambition to use an alliance of developed and developing nations to push for a strong deal at the UN Climate … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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