• EU May Never Achieve Its Paris CO2 Pledges

    • Date: 08/11/16
    • Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg

    The European Union risks missing its climate goals for the coming decades unless it strengthens CO2-reduction policies, according to the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. Despite significant progress in cutting carbon dioxide and improvement in energy efficiency, the EU may miss its target of cutting emissions by at least 40 percent by the […]

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  • COP22 – The Ritual: ‘Last Chance’ To Limit Global Warming to Safe Levels, UN Scientists Warn

    • Date: 05/11/16
    • Inside Climate News & Climate Change Predictions blog

    The next three years provide the “last chance” to limit global warming to safe limits in this century, the United Nations said, as it geared up for a conference in Morocco intended to carry forward the Paris agreement on climate change. Unless nations move before 2020 to cut their emissions more aggressively than they have […]

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  • 10,000 Fly In For Doomed UN Climate Talks

    • Date: 05/11/16
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    More than 10,000 people are flying to Marrakesh for a UN climate change conference despite officials admitting that they will make little or no progress on key issues. The two-week meeting, which begins in the Moroccan city on Monday, was declared as the “conference of action”, where 195 countries were supposed to reveal how they […]

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  • Forget Paris: Greece Set To Win €1.75 Billion From EU Climate Scheme To Build Two Coal Plants

    • Date: 03/11/16
    • Arthur Neslen, The Guardian

    Public funds from Europe’s carbon trading programme – set up to help poorer countries reduce emissions – will help build two plants that will emit about 7m tonnes of CO2 a year Greece appears on track to win access to a controversial EU programme that could earmark up to €1.75bn (£1.56bn) in free carbon allowances for […]

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  • Germany Won’t Exit Coal Before 2040, Finance Minister Says

    • Date: 03/11/16
    • Diarmaid Williams, Power Engineering

    Germany’s economy minister says his country will not be phasing out brown coal before 2040, as the government looks to ways to ensure minimisation of job losses in coal regions. Sigmar Gabriel told a conference in Berlin, “It will on no account be switched off in the next decade – in my opinion not even in […]

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  • Germany’s Climate Policy In Crisis

    • Date: 02/11/16
    • Reuters

    Germany’s environment minister on Wednesday urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene in a debate over a climate action plans after a row over how Germany will curb CO2 emissions prompted the cabinet to delay approving the proposals. Barbara Hendricks, a member of the Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, had wanted her proposals for Germany’s […]

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  • European Climate Policy Put On Hold

    • Date: 01/11/16
    • Aline Robert, EurActiv

    Angela Merkel’s absence from the COP 22 is symbolic of a European climate and energy policy beset by indecision and infighting. European climate policy is at a standstill. Little progress has been made since the 2014 Council summit. The EU is already struggling to live up to the promises it made at last year’s Paris climate […]

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  • Europe May Abandon Renewable Energy Priority, Leaked Documents Reveal

    • Date: 01/11/16
    • Arthur Neslen, The Guardian

    Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show. Paring back the “priority dispatch” system could increase carbon emissions by up to 10%, according to a confidential EU impact assessment seen by the Guardian. But the document goes on to model […]

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