Tag: europe

Denmark’s climate policies ‘insufficient’ to meet 2030 target

Report says country set to cut carbon emissions by 54% compared with 1990 levels, not 70% as planned The Danish government’s efforts towards meeting the country’s ambitious target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 have been judged “insufficient” by the body tasked with monitoring its progress, with measures so far announced only likely to […]

Changes in Atlantic currents may have dire climate implications for the next century | Andrew Meijers

Without modifying human behavior we run the risk of violent weather swings and a drastic effect on crops and ocean life The ocean circulation that keeps our relatively northern corner of Europe warm(ish) is often likened to a gigantic conveyor belt bringing warm equatorial water northwards at the surface, balanced by cold southward flow at […]

Court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis

State found guilty of ‘non-respect of its engagements’ aimed at fighting global warming A Paris court has convicted the French state of failing to address the climate crisis and not keeping its promises to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. In what has been hailed as a historic ruling, the court found the state guilty of “non-respect […]

Sweden to build reindeer bridges over roads and railways

‘Renoducts’ will help animals who have to roam further for food due to global heating Sweden is to build up to a dozen bridges so reindeer can safely cross railway lines and major roads in the north of the country as global heating forces them to roam further afield in search of food. State broadcaster […]

Norway’s electric car drive belies national reliance on fossil fuels

Two-thirds of sales at end of 2020 were battery electric vehicles despite dependence on oil and gas drilling Norway became the first country to sell more electric cars than petrol, hybrid and diesel engines put together last year, new data shows, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for two-thirds of sales in the final months […]

Medicane Ianos turns towards Crete after sweeping across Greece

Two dead, one missing and nearly a thousand rescued as floods damage Thessaly in wake of rare Mediterranean storm After pounding parts of western and central Greece meteorologists have predicted a rare Mediterranean hurricane-like storm, or medicane, is headed south towards the island of Crete. Authorities struggling to contain the impact of the cyclone, Medicane […]

Participatory politics and the point of parliament

Alex Bradbury of Extinction Rebellion on the climate assembly; John Bourn on the Coronavirus Act; and Karl Gehring on why Switzerland has the right approach In your editorial on the UK’s climate assembly (The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion, 11 September), you said that Extinction Rebellion had rejected the assembly’s recommendations. That […]

Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study

Vast majority of world’s electricity companies remain heavily invested in fossil fuels Only one in 10 of the world’s electric utility companies are prioritising investment in clean renewable energy over growing their capacity of fossil fuel power plants, according to research from the University of Oxford. The study of more than 3,000 utilities found most […]

Weatherwatch: Danube’s ice cover changes are a warning in Hungary

Scientists monitor frequency of Danube freezing over to track rising temperatures As a landlocked country in the heart of Europe, Hungary has a typically continental climate, with little or no influence from the sea. As a result, the climate is far more extreme than another European country on the same latitude, France. The difference between […]

Tessa Khan: ‘Litigation is a powerful tool in the environmental crisis’

When a court in the Netherlands ruled its government’s actions unlawful, it inspired others to hold big polluters to account • Time to reset: more brilliant ideas to remake the world At key moments in history, courts around the world have helped to accelerate social change – they have vindicated the demands of people fighting […]