Month: June 2020

Emmanuel Macron pledges €15bn to tackle climate crisis

French president announces measures following ‘green wave’ in local elections Emmanuel Macron has promised an extra €15bn (£13.7bn) for measures to combat the climate crisis over the next two years and a referendum on whether to introduce the crime of “ecocide” for harming the environment. The measures were announced just hours after environmental candidates sparked […]

A year after pledging to go ‘net-zero’, what has the UK achieved?

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last summer, Theresa May signed into law the U.K.’s ground-breaking target of hitting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 against a backdrop of increasingly vocal Extinction Rebellion protests, school climate strikes, and Brexit-related political turmoil within the Conservative party. It […]

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land

Extremists exploit rural nostalgia and farmers’ anger at globalisation to smuggle in ideology The poster advertising the evening of debate and organic canapés in Halle’s university district looked familiar to environmentally conscious Germans: a rugged pair of hands, cupping fertile brown soil, underneath the slogan “Farms instead of agricultural factories”, written in a font mimicking […]