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Eastern Europe turns to private sector as EU clean energy budget cut

Czech officials warn the loss of EU structural funds and carbon market revenues leave a funding gap for renewable and energy efficiency projects — The Czech Republic may have to scrap key clean energy projects because of cuts to the EU’s next budget, a government minister has told Climate Home News. Central and east European …

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Climate Research Funding Still Under Threat, Report Warns

Congressional appropriations may not be sufficient enough to fund climate research if the Trump administration reprograms funds or takes other steps to limit funding, the report says — Despite recent congressional appropriations that reversed many of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce science funding for current fiscal year 2018, a new report raises an alarm …

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Pollutionwatch: let’s rate exhaust fumes as also a lethal road risk

Vision Zero is a plan that rejects road accident deaths as ‘acceptable’. Is it time we called for zero tolerance of deaths from traffic pollution? — The programme Vision Zero refuses to view the continued deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents as an acceptable fact. Like safety in the workplace, risks need to be …

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EU can increase 2030 pledge to Paris Agreement, says climate chief

The EU should raise its Paris deal pledge to a 45% emissions cut by 2030, commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete tells ministers in Brussels — The European Union will begin a process to increase its pledge to the Paris Agreement, its climate chief said on Wednesday. The EU’s current pledge to the Paris deal is for …

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UK government refuses to commit to EU clean energy targets after Brexit

The UK helped craft a deal on EU renewable and energy efficiency ambition but its participation after it leaves the union is uncertain — Until the UK leaves the EU, it is taking part in Brussels policymaking as usual – including a clean energy package agreed on Tuesday. But the energy department in Westminster has …

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‘The entire habitat is gone’: Hawaii’s natural wonders claimed by lava

The Kilauea eruption has wiped out rare sites and whole ecosystems. As the island mourns a tragedy, it also accepts the brutal cycle of nature — In Puna, the area of Hawaii island that’s been hardest hit by the Kilauea volcano eruption, those who lived nearest to the lava flows watched the forest around their …

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Cross-party MPs say government is dragging feet on air pollution

Calls by joint inquiry to bring forward UK car sales ban have been resisted by government — The government has been accused of dragging its feet on air quality improvements by a cross-party group of MPs. A partnership of four committees said serious concerns remained about the UK’s commitment to cutting pollution and its impact …

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Climate change to become ‘greatest pressure on biodiversity’ by 2070

The combined effects of global warming and land-use change could cause the world’s ecosystems to lose more than a third of their animal species by 2070, a new study finds — Climate change is expected to become the largest driver of biodiversity loss by the second half of the century, the research finds, surpassing the …

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EU climate efforts not living up to Paris promises, says NGO

Report ranking national efforts finds many European nations are working against efforts to increase ambition to act on climate change — Many EU countries are veering off the course of action they committed to under the Paris Agreement, according to a new report. Published by NGO Climate Action Network (Can) Europe, the report ranks countries …

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Climate action must protect economy and society, say Germany and Poland

As officials meet for talks in Berlin, Europe’s biggest coal states call for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels — Europe’s biggest coal states pushed for climate action that protects workers and the economy, at informal talks in Berlin on Monday. For the first time, a top trades union representative was invited to address the …

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