Tag: European Union

‘Not engaging isn’t the answer’: Australia under pressure as US follows EU lead on carbon tariffs

Experts and opposition MPs say Australia should work with Europe on new imports scheme instead of criticising What does the EU’s carbon tariff proposal mean for Australia? Australia is facing growing pressure over its climate policies as the US edges closer to following the European Union in imposing new charges on imports of emissions-intensive products. […]

What is the EU’s plan to tackle global heating – and will it work?

EU member states will face tougher targets and goals to increase renewable energy In 2019 the European parliament declared a “climate and environmental emergency”. In 2020 EU leaders pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by the end of this decade. Now comes the hard part: turning promises into policies to curb dangerous global […]

Pressure on UK as Germany backs ending free carbon permits for airlines

Boris Johnson has pledged to give details of how UK will meet its climate targets before Cop26 The German government is backing an extension of EU carbon pricing that will end free carbon permits for airlines, putting pressure on the UK to put in place a similar package to meet climate targets. The European Commission […]

The world won’t be greener until it’s fairer | Simone Tagliapietra

Action on the climate crisis must come with a social contract to protect the poor and vulnerable As a climate policy researcher, I am often asked: what is the biggest obstacle to decarbonisation? My answer has changed profoundly over the last couple of years. I used to point to the lack of affordable green technologies […]

Brexit deal threatens UK labour and climate standards, thinktank warns

IPPR says commitments on workers’ rights are weak, but agreement is better than a no-deal outcome UK workers’ rights and climate and other environmental protections are at serious risk of being eroded under the Brexit trade deal, a leading thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research said that under the agreement struck on […]

Pandemic shows climate has never been treated as crisis, say scientists

Letter also signed by Greta Thunberg urges EU leaders to act immediately on global heating Greta Thunberg and some of the world’s leading climate scientists have written to EU leaders demanding they act immediately to avoid the worst impacts of the unfolding climate and ecological emergency. The letter, which is being sent before a European […]

Young climate activists call for EU to radically reform farming sector

Fridays for Future to publish letter urging reform of common agricultural policy ahead of European commission meeting The EU’s farming sector needs radical reform, and the common agricultural policy (CAP) must be rewritten if the climate crisis is to be tackled, a group of young climate activists will urge. Fridays for Future, founded by teenagers […]

This winter in Europe was hottest on record by far, say scientists

Climate crisis likely to have supercharged temperatures around world, data suggests This winter has been by far the hottest recorded in Europe, scientists have announced, with the climate crisis likely to have supercharged the heat. The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) data dates back to 1855. It said the average temperature for December, January […]

Put Caroline Lucas in charge of COP 26 | Brief letters

Lucas for COP 26 | Fuel tax shortfall | Pro-Brexit economists | Marmalade | Earwig jam Following the sacking of Claire O’Neill as president of the forthcoming climate change talks in Glasgow, and her subsequent criticism of Boris Johnson (COP 26: Cameron was asked by PM to take over – but he said no, 5 […]

Europe’s ‘Green Deal’ doesn’t live up to its name, critics say

europes green deal doesnt live up to its name critics say - Europe’s ‘Green Deal’ doesn’t live up to its name, critics say

The European Union is the world’s third-largest polluter after China and the United States. On Wednesday the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive branch, introduced its proposal for a “Green Deal”— a major plan to make the body carbon neutral by 2050. In a statement, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the plan Europe’s […]