• Collapsology: The Rise Of A New Doomsday Cult & The Return Of The Dark Ages

    • Date: 14/06/20
    • The Sunday Telegraph

    The French flock to the philosophy of ‘collapsology’ in record numbers. The movement, based on a book by Jared Diamond, holds that civilisation is heading towards impending collapse France’s coronavirus epidemic has sparked an explosion of interest in la collapsologie – a Gallic take on the end of the world — with a rising number of converts seeking advice on […]

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  • Europe’s Green Deal May Get Watered Down As Poorer Nations Lobby For Fossil Fuel Power

    • Date: 13/06/20
    • Euro News

    At the end of May 2020, eight EU countries (Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece) started lobbying to retain EU funds for natural gas projects. They say that without natural gas, coal can’t be phased out in time to meet short and middle term climate targets. From this, environmental groups are […]

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  • Greens On Back Foot As Germany’s Newest Coal Plant Opens

    • Date: 08/06/20
    • Financial Times

    With Germany facing the possibility of its worst recession since the second world war, public attention is shifting away from the Greens and climate activists. As protesters unfurl their banner along the canal beneath Germany’s newest coal plant, a barge piled high with coal glides by, the crew whooping and whistling in mockery. It could not […]

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  • Germany’s Green Energy Costs Are Becoming Unaffordable

    • Date: 07/06/20
    • Bloomberg

    The German program that’s spurred the nation’s switch to green power is buckling under the weight of surging costs and needs an urgent fix. That’s the assessment of one of the scheme’s chief designers, Hans Josef Fell. Designed in 2000 to enable Germany to meet United Nations pledges on climate change, it has pushed renewable energy to make […]

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  • Rising Superpower: China’s Recovery Prioritises Its Economy, Ignores Green Ideology

    • Date: 02/06/20
    • Bloomberg

    The welcome return of China’s economy is bringing with it some unwelcome company, as air pollution levels have returned to pre-lockdown levels across the country. Major pollutants have exceeded concentration levels from a year ago for the first time since the start of Covid-19 lockdowns in January, according to a new report from Centre for Research on […]

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  • Germany To Open Brand New Coal Power Plant Next Week

    • Date: 31/05/20
    • Reuters

    German power utility Uniper’s new Datteln 4 coal-fired power station will begin operating on May 30, it said on Tuesday. The 1,050 megawatt (MW) plant that has cost Uniper 1.5 billion euros was granted an exemption from Germany’s plan to exit coal power by 2038 after the company argued that it made more sense to […]

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  • EU Lawmakers Deeply Divided Over New Climate Targets

    • Date: 29/05/20
    • EurActiv

    EU lawmakers debate 65% climate target proposal Guteland’s proposals include a climate target of 65% and the establishment of a European climate council similar to the UN’s IPCC, which is to develop proposals for a target path until 2050. [Foto: European Parliament] The European Parliament’s environment committee discussed for the first time on Thursday (28 […]

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  • Competitive Advantage Germany: No Climate Strings Attached In Lufthansa’s Bailout

    • Date: 27/05/20
    • Bloomberg

    Germany’s multi-billion euro bailout of Deutsche Lufthansa AG may cost the airline some precious airport slots, but one thing it won’t have to do is meet any new environmental rules. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Monday offered Lufthansa a 9 billion-euro ($9.9 billion) package to help the carrier survive the coronavirus pandemic. There was no […]

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