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Tech companies unclear over stance on potential new EU climate targets

Leaked document shows BusinessEurope group would oppose more ambitious goals — Companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have failed to distance themselves from a lobby group’s proposal to fight any effort by the EU to set more ambitious climate change goals. A leaked document shows that BusinessEurope, Europe’s biggest business lobbying group, will urge members …

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EU pushes Poland to drive climate ambition as UN host

One of the big question marks over Poland’s climate talks this December is to what extent the conference will also be European — A letter sent from Austria’s EU council presidency to the Polish organisers on Friday, shared with Climate Home News, gives an indication of how the EU hopes to progress its agenda when …

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EU climate law could cause ‘catastrophic’ deforestation

World’s carbon sinks are at risk because the law will count energy from burning trees as carbon neutral, say climate scientists — Senior climate scientists say that the world’s carbon sinks could be facing a grave threat from a wholly unexpected source: the EU’s renewable energy directive. The climate law could suck in as much …

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UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Environmentalists accuse government of using withdrawal of EU controls to weaken regulation — Ministers are “deliberately weakening” the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour’s shadow Brexit minister. Theresa May pledged last January to create a “world-leading, independent, statutory body” to ensure ministers stick to …

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Malta to accept stranded migrant ship if EU states help

The vessel Lifeline had rescued the 234 migrants, including children and pregnant women, but Malta and Italy initially refused to take it in — VALLETTA, Malta – Malta said Tuesday, June 26, it would only allow a stranded rescue ship carrying over 200 migrants to dock in its port if other EU states agreed to …

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Half of member states back stronger EU climate action

The “green growth group” is calling for an increased climate commitment by 2020 in line with the tougher 1.5°C warming limit in the Paris Agreement — A group of European countries known as the “green growth group” have called on the European Commission to update the EU’s pledge at the United Nation’s next annual climate …

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Gas is not the answer to shipping’s climate impact, study warns

The EU is investing heavily in LNG as a cleaner fuel for shipping, but it will not go far enough to cut emissions by 2050, according to consultancy UMAS — Europe has little to gain from trying to decarbonise the unwieldy shipping sector with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new study that looks …

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EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis — (BRUSSELS, Belgium) European Union (EU) leaders headed to Brussels for emergency talks Sunday, June 24, over migration as Italy’s new populist cabinet turned away another rescue ship, vowing no longer to shoulder Europe’s migrant burden. The …

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Eight EU countries signal openness to increased Paris climate pledge

UK among signatories of call for greater ambition, one day after the EU climate chief said the bloc could raise its Paris commitment. Poland was notably absent — One day after the EU signalled it may increase its pledge to the Paris Agreement, eight of its member states have signed a call for raised climate …

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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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