• Climate referendum: Swiss reject higher carbon taxes

    • Date: 13/06/21
    • Swiss Info

    Swiss voters have rejected legislation at the heart of the country’s strategy to abide by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The CO2 law was turned down on Sunday by 51.6% of voters. The negative outcome represents a major upset in the tiny nation that is disproportionately affected by climate change. Switzerland’s temperatures are rising at about twice […]

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  • Green activists furious as climate billions could be slashed to rescue Biden’s infrastructure package

    • Date: 12/06/21

    A group of bipartisan senators are attempting to hammer out an infrastructure agreement after talks between Senate Republicans and the White House collapsed earlier this week — but some progressives are warning against an infrastructure package without climate change provisions.   “No climate, no deal,” tweeted Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Thursday.  Rep. Petter Meijer […]

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  • Former COP26 chief says there is ‘question mark’ over UN climate summit taking place

    • Date: 08/06/21
    • The Herald

    THE COP26 climate change conference due to take place in Glasgow in November may not go ahead because of a lack of progress in lead-up talks, its former chief has said. Claire O’Neill said there was now a “question mark” over whether the two-week event at the SEC would take place as planned or be delayed. She […]

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  • Power shortage: Chinese factories forced to shut down

    • Date: 05/06/21
    • Financial Times

    China’s runaway economic recovery has been so successful that it has caused power shortages across dozens of its manufacturing and industrial hubs in the south of the country. Factories across cities such as Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan, known for producing global consumer and high-tech products, have been ordered to use less power and even close […]

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  • Building back blacker, China drives rise in coal-fired power plants

    • Date: 02/06/21
    • The Daily Telegraph

    The number of coal-fired power stations granted approval globally has risen for the first time since 2015 – with China making up two thirds of all plans for the heavily polluting plants. Despite international pledges to drastically cut carbon emissions, 20GW of coal-fired power plants were approved for investment last year, up from around 18GW in […]

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  • How to beat the West? Putin is betting that Asia will rely on cheap Russian coal for decades to come

    • Date: 30/05/21
    • Bloomberg

    Russia is spending more than $10 billion on a railroad that will help it ramp up coal exports to Asia. It’s even mobilizing prisoners to speed up construction. European governments are drawing up plans to phase out coal, U.S. coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as prices of clean energy plummet, and new Asian projects […]

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  • Poland tells EU leaders that meeting climate rules makes the ‘poor, poorer.’

    • Date: 27/05/21
    • Politico

    Poland tells leaders that meeting EU climate rules makes the ‘poor, poorer.’ The new era of EU climate politics looks a lot like the old one, with Poland standing almost alone at Tuesday’s European Council, insisting that current emissions rules are geared toward the rich. Other EU leaders were reluctant to tangle with the Poles […]

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  • EU leaders divided over Net Zero cost burden

    • Date: 26/05/21
    • EU Observer

    EU leaders disagreed on Tuesday (25 May) how to set new national emissions targets to reach climate neutrality by 2050 – with some countries complaining about uneven burden-sharing and different starting positions. The debate comes ahead a new package of revised climate and energy laws, expected to be adopted by the European Commission in July. […]

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