Climate change

    • No Arctic declaration due to US refusal

      No Arctic declaration due to US refusal

      Members of the Arctic Council meeting in Finland's far north on Tuesday failed to issue their traditional final declaration due to a US refusal to mention climate change, news wires reported. This is the first time the Arctic Council, which held its first meeting in 1996, failed to present a final declaration at the end of one of its ministerial meetings, which are held every two years. The Arctic Council groups Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the US.

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    • UK declares climate change emergency

      UK declares climate change emergency

      Lawmakers in the UK Parliament have declared "an environment and climate emergency," making it the first country in the world to ever do so, according to the opposition Labour Party. Labour motion also called on the government to set a target of reaching net zero emissions before 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat.

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    • Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has invited 6 youth climate activists from across Europe for a live broadcast conversation inside an autonomous e-bus, driving around the Berlaymont building - the headquarters of the Commission. The autonomous electric vehicle is part of the EU-funded AVENUE Project (funded under the framework research programme Horizon 2020).

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    • Greta Thunberg to lead climate change rally in Rome

      Greta Thunberg to lead climate change rally in Rome

      Greta Thunberg, the teenage Swedish activist at the head of a worldwide youth movement against climate change, will lead a rally in Rome on Friday, 19 April, news wires reported. Thunberg, 16, will address demonstrators in Piazza del Popolo, the central square where Italian activists have been gathering for weekly 'Fridays for Future' rallies.

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    • Lofven: Weakened principles, weakened voice

      Lofven: Weakened principles, weakened voice

      Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven debated the future of Europe with MEPs and Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, on Wednesday. In his adress to MEPs the PM touched on topics such as political values, migration policies, EU's long-term budget, climate change targets and the Brexit crisis.

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    • ExxonMobil faces EU parliament ban

      ExxonMobil faces EU parliament ban

      ExxonMobil could become the second company after Monsanto to lose lobbying access to members of European Parliament after it failed to turn up to a hearing Thursday into whether or not the oil giant knowingly spread false information about climate change.

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    • EU invests €10bn in clean technologies

      EU invests €10bn in clean technologies

      The European Commission presented today its investment programme worth over €10bn, which is aimed at boosting low-carbon technologies' global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, tangible impact on people's lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.

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    • Germany to shutter all of its 84 coal-fired plants

      Germany to shutter all of its 84 coal-fired plants

      In what is seen as a pioneering move, Germany would shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over a 19-year span in an effort to combat climate change. The commitment was announced by a 28-member government commission, representing mining regions, utility companies, scientists and environmentalists, with chairman Ronald Pofalla noting that it marked an "historic accomplishment." 

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