Press conference of Phil Hogan, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020.

Phil Hogan resignation is a chance to bring trade “in line with climate ambition”

28 August 2020  The resignation of Irish EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan is an opportunity to bring trade policy in line with climate ambition, Europe’s leading environmental coalition has said.  Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe has urged the European Commission President Ursla von der Leyen to seek a new commissioner who will ensure trading practices […]

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EU must use “full potential” of recovery fund for climate action

21 July 2020 EU leaders must use the “full potential” of the bloc-wide recovery funds to boost climate action, a regional environmental coalition has said.  Reacting to the €750 billion COVID-19 recovery package announced by the European Council today, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomed some of the ‘green’ elements of the proposal.  These included […]

Greta THUNBERG, Swedish climate activist Photo: European Union / DAINA LE LARDIC

EU net-zero target for 2050 would be “surrender”

16 July 2020 The EU’s current target of net zero emissions for 2050 equals “surrender” to the climate crisis, a letter penned by Greta Thunberg and other activists warns.  The letter, which continues to gather signatures from activists and scientists the worldover, was sent to EU leaders and heads of state today and demanded that […]

Biden’s new climate plan, explained

15 July 2020 Presumptive US Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced another chapter of his climate plan yesterday. His plan, he proclaimed from a lone podium, contained the “most critical investments” the US could make in addressing the climate crisis and would be a cornerstone feature in his “Build Back Better” recovery plan.  His words were […]

Pandemic recovery is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to transition from coal to renewables

15 July 2020  The post-pandemic recovery presents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity in rebuilding the Europe-wide economy by overseeing a just and rapid transition from coal to renewable energy, according to a European environmental campaign.  The Europe Beyond Coal campaign released its Fool’s Gold update for 2020, a report which examines how European and international financial institutions […]

Offshore wind turbines at Barrow Offshore Wind off Walney Island in the Irish Sea Photo: Andy Dingley

Offshore wind investment proves “resilient” despite Covid-19

14 July 2020 Investment in offshore wind energy has shown “great resilience” in the face of ongoing economic and public health crises this year, according to new international analysis.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that offshore wind had “by far its busiest half year ever” in terms of investment, and the development offsets any […]

World risks hitting 1.5 degree temperature threshold in coming 5 years

10 July 2020 Global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2024, according to World Meteorological Organization projections.  Between 2020 and 2024 there is a 20 per cent chance temperatures will surpass the 1.5 threshold in at least one year, the WMO said on Thursday.  The international body also predict that there […]

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EU’s Hydrogen Strategy risks becoming a “gift” to the fossil fuel industry

9 July 2020 The newly announced EU Hydrogen Strategy could become “yet another gift to the fossil fuel industry”, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) warns.  The European Commission published the document yesterday and said it would, in tandem with energy system integration, “pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by […]

Tallaght wetland after levelling Photo: Collie Ennis

Land management and habitat protection crucial in preventing future pandemics

7 July 2020 Sustainable land management and habitat protection are key elements of preventing future zoonotic outbreaks like COVID-19, the UN has said.  In a joint report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the “rising trend” in zoonotic diseases is attributed to “the degradation of our natural […]

Future of LNG terminals “tenuous” due to climate concerns and COVID-19

7 July 2020 The outlook of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals is “tenuous” and “continues to worsen” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing concern about the industry’s climate impact, new international analysis reveals.  Following a worldwide survey of LNG terminals in May of this year, Global Energy Monitor has found that 61 […]