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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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European Commission classifies most palm oil fuels as unsustainable

Deforestation-linked stocks cannot be counted towards renewable targets, commission rules, but green group angered by small farm loophole — The European Commission has classified palm oil biofuels as unsustainable, amid efforts to take aim at deforestation-linked products. The draft legislation, which has two months to be approved by the European parliament and member states and …

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The Green New Deal is here, and everyone has something to say about it

— For the past several weeks, there’s been rampant speculation about what would be included in the much talked about Green New Deal, the ambitious plan to tackle climate change and remake much of the American economy. That anticipation came along with trepidation from some corners over whether the deal would include controversial elements that …

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In Ireland, Brexit proofing must mean climate proofing

Brexit has lead to delays in climate action just at the moment when bold plans could soften the impact of the UK divorce, writes MEP Lynn Boylan — Brexit presents a massive threat for Ireland’s economy, citizens’ rights and, most importantly, Ireland’s peace agreement; but how about our progress on climate change? While Brexit is …

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Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points — On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy. The text makes for the most earnest …

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a fracking rig at cuadrilla's preston new road site in northwest england

UK tells fracking industry it won’t relax rules on earth tremors

The Conservative government has long backed shale gas exploration, but denied industry calls to loosen ‘unworkable’ limits on seismic activity — The UK government has rejected calls from shale gas companies to loosen limits on earth tremors, in a potentially fatal blow to British fracking. Ineos and Cuadrilla said the rules, which require drilling to …

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cottam power station is due to close, with the loss of more than 150 jobs

One of UK’s last coal power stations to close due to rising costs

Closure of Cottam plant in Nottinghamshire likely to lead to more than 150 job cuts — One of the UK’s last seven coal power stations will close this year after half a century of generating electricity, as the polluting fuel continues its rapid decline in the energy mix. EDF Energy said more than 150 jobs …

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emissions have been falling in the electricity sector because of the closure of ageing coal plants and the rapid uptake of renewables

Australia can meet Paris targets if government doesn’t hinder progress, report claims

ANU research suggests net cost of achieving Paris targets is zero because renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels — New research finds Australia is installing renewable energy faster than any other country, a trend that will allow Australia to meet its economy-wide Paris targets five years ahead of schedule if politics doesn’t derail the …

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EU set to tighten rules on palm oil for biofuels

Indonesia and Malaysia say the EU measure will unfairly disadvantage their crops, while environmentalists worry it won’t be tough enough on deforestation — The European Commission will meet on controversial rules this week to limit the use of biofuel crops linked to deforestation – amid backlash from the world’s two largest palm producers. The new …

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storage tanks and wind turbines at bp's rotterdam refinery

BP backs shareholder call to align its strategy with Paris climate goals

The oil and gas major will have to set out how its strategy and investments fit with targets to limit global temperature rise, under new resolution — BP will back a shareholder push for it to begin reporting on how its strategy fits with the Paris Agreement’s goals, the British oil and gas major said …

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