• EU Business Lobby Steps Up Battle Against New Unilateral Climate Targets

    • Date: 07/10/18
    • EurActiv

    One of Europe’s most influential business lobbies is trying to push the EU towards climate action standstill, after a leaked memo obtained by EURACTIV called the bloc’s existing 40% emissions reduction target “already ambitious”. The BusinessEurope document, dated 3 October, shows that references to an 80%, 95% or carbon neutral climate target have been deleted, while the […]

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  • Germany Wins Climate Battle: EU Commission Abandons Plans For New 2030 Climate Goal

    • Date: 07/10/18
    • EurActiv

    The European Commission has given up plans to ramp up Europe’s 40% emissions reduction goal for 2030 to 45%, according to German media. But the EU executive insists that a formal increase was never on the table. In October 2014, EU leaders agreed on cutting emissions by 40% compared with 1990 levels by the end of […]

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  • US Officials Say There’s A Major Problem With The Upcoming IPCC Report, Leaked Comments Show

    • Date: 04/10/18
    • Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

    The Trump administration criticized key aspects of the United Nations’ upcoming report on meeting the stretch goal of the Paris climate accords, according to leaked comments. UN officials want the upcoming report to spur more action to fight global warming, but leaked comments seen by Climate Home News show the Trump administration isn’t totally buying it. The […]

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  • China Axes Coal and Steel Curbs As Economy Slows

    • Date: 02/10/18
    • Financial Times

    China shifts focus from air quality to boosting growth as trade war bites. Beijing will not renew significant cuts on steel production and coal use aimed at improving air quality this winter, as policymakers look to boost China’s economic performance in the midst of the country’s trade war with the US. The curbs — a […]

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  • Green Flop: Saudi Arabia Shelves $200 Billion Solar Project

    • Date: 01/10/18
    • The Wall Street Journal

    Saudi Arabia has put on hold a $200 billion plan with SoftBank Group Corp. to build the world’s biggest solar-power-generation project, Saudi government officials said, in a complication for another eye-catching transformation project in the kingdom. The stalled project marks a setback for a partnership between Saudi Arabia and SoftBank that has pursued ambitious ideas. Together, they […]

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  • Germany Risks Permanent Loss Of Control Of Energiewende, Federal Audit Office Warns

    • Date: 29/09/18
    • Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt

    Germany’s Federal Audit Office has accused the government of a catastrophic mis-management of the green energy transition (Energiewende). The wastage of resources is “unprecedented”. Germany’s Federal Audit Office has accused the federal government of having largely failed to manage the transformation of Germany’s energy systems. The expenditure for the ecological restructuring of the energy supply […]

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  • Australia Freezes Millions For Global Climate Fund ‘In Crisis’

    • Date: 28/09/18
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    Australia will freeze its level of funding for a Green Climate Fund that stalled after giving millions of dollars to replace cooking stoves in Bangladesh and sponsoring “gender responsive” drinking water projects in Ethiopia. The GCF was a critical part of the Paris Agreement but was suffering a “crisis of confidence” and unable to function. […]

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  • It’s All Over: EU Abandons New 2030 Climate Target

    • Date: 28/09/18
    • Deutsche Press Agentur

    EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has given up on plans to officially raise the European Union’s 2030 climate target. Contrary to what has been announced, Cañete has not submitted the proposal to the EU member states, the German Press Agency in Brussels has learned. The idea was met with opposition by, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German industry. Other […]

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