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Irish energy industry calls for new links to Europe amid Brexit fears

Grid operator boss calls on Brussels to approve funding for a new electricity connection to France to avoid isolation from continent — Ireland’s grid operator is lobbying Brussels to fast track funding to connect the country to the rest of Europe, citing concerns about becoming isolated after Brexit, its boss told Climate Home News. Ireland …

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russia is a major oil producer and emits 5% of the world's greenhouse gases

Russia reviews ratification of Paris Agreement

The preparation of a report on formally joining the climate deal has been ordered complete by the end of the month, while a key industry lobby has reversed its opposition — Russia, one of the world’s highest-polluting hold-outs, has taken steps that could lead to ratification of the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile a key business group …

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Germany to quit coal by 2038, under commission proposal

After late-night talks, a dedicated commission has agreed a timetable to phase out coal burning in Europe’s largest economy — Germany will stop burning coal for electricity by 2038, under plans finalised by a commission in the small hours of Saturday. It is the first time Europe’s biggest economy, which gets 35% of its power …

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Empty car shows and stalled solar as sanctions keep Iran dirty

Innovation flees after Trump reimposes sanctions, environmentalists and government say that puts the country on a dangerous path — With its empty platforms and chairs, a deserted car show in Tehran would delight most ecologists. Not Hamed Ghazi, a softly spoken Iranian from environmental NGO Cheeco. Far from representing a change of heart towards cars …

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experts brought together by labour have suggested the party should increase the uk’s installed offshore wind capacity sevenfold if it gets into government

Labour would ‘radically transform economy’ to focus on climate change

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey says economic and social regeneration must be part of transition to low-carbon future — A future Labour government would oversee an economic revolution to tackle the climate crisis, using the full power of the state to decarbonise the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in struggling towns …

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Industry backs NSW call for Morrison government to require emissions cut

Australian Industry Group says an emissions reduction obligation in national policy is ‘vastly superior’ to separate state schemes — The New South Wales government’s call to end the “climate wars” has won a tick of approval from the Australian Industry Group, which represents Australia’s largest industrial energy users. The employer body’s chief executive, Innes Willox, …

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What Specific Costs and Risks Do We Face from Climate Change

A new US government report finds that climate change is already increasing risks to health, the economy, and ecosystems across the United States. These risks are expected to grow in the coming decades — Today, scientists released a new report documenting the growing risks that climate change poses for communities across the United States. The …

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Climate change ‘will inflict substantial damages on US lives’

US National Climate Assessment details climate change impact and current response to crisis is insufficient, authors say — Climate change is already harming Americans’ lives with “substantial damages” set to occur as global temperatures threaten to surge beyond internationally agreed limits, a major US government report has warned. The influence of climate change is being …

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Polish government split over coal ahead of UN climate summit

Poland’s energy ministry has come out fighting for the coal sector, ahead of UN climate talks in Katowice next month — Krzysztof Tchórzewski’s ministry defended the country’s heavy reliance on the polluting fuel, in a statement published on Monday. In 2017, coal generated 78% of electricity. Yet a spokesperson for the Cop24 presidency, which sits …

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the north of england produced 48% of the uk’s renewable electricity

28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’ — As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the …

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