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Swedish shipping industry prepares to go fossil-free by 2045

Shipowners’ Association is calling for government incentives to help in the transition to climate-friendly vessels, to meet national climate goals — Sweden’s shipping sector is preparing to end the use of fossil fuels domestically by 2045, in line with national climate goals. The Swedish Shipowners’ Association is developing a roadmap to net zero greenhouse gas …

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House Hearing Stresses Climate Change’s Links to Ocean Health

Backed by new Democratic congressional leadership determined to focus on science, experts call for swift action to avoid or limit irreparable environmental harm — “You can’t have a serious conversation about the health of our oceans and coastal communities without acknowledging the growing impacts of climate change,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said at the outset …

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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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domestic and international flights emitted 2.4% of global energy-related co2 emissions last year

Critics attack secrecy at UN body seeking to cut global airline emissions

Body in charge of cutting aviation’s carbon footprint meets behind closed doors — A UN body tasked with cutting global aircraft emissions is covertly meeting this week for discussions dominated by airline industry observers. The environment committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) meets on Monday in Montreal behind closed doors to discuss measures …

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the rejection of the rocky hill coalmine in the upper hunter valley has given hope to campaigners

Hunter Valley coalmine ruling buoys other anti-mine campaigners

Bylong Valley residents hope Rocky Hill decision will sway state commission to reject proposed open-cut mine — Activists and residents fighting against a proposed coalmine in central New South Wales are hoping last week’s historic judgment in the Rocky Hill case will sway the state’s Independent Planning Commission to reject the project. The NSW land …

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residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of hermit park in townsville this week

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo

Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual — The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged …

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France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

New bill loosens restrictions on nuclear to bring France’s emissions down, concerning some campaigners — The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050. The changes would expand the role of nuclear energy and drop concrete emissions targets for the middle of the century, raising concerns among environmentalists. A proposal was …

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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 judge has rejected the rocky hill coal mine at scenic gloucester valley in the upper hunter

Court rules out Hunter Valley coalmine on climate change grounds

Judge rejects Rocky Hill mine near Gloucester, NSW, because of its impact on the town and ‘dire consequences’ of increasing emissions — The controversial Rocky Hill coalmine in the Hunter Valley will not go ahead after a landmark ruling in the land and environment court on Friday that cited the impact it would have had …

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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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