Climate emergency

    • Lagarde: ECB set to fight climate emergency

      Lagarde: ECB set to fight climate emergency

      The European Central Bank (ECB) should do more to help tackle the climate emergency, new ECB president Christine Lagarde said on Monday during a hearing at the EP Economic Affairs Committee. Questions on how the ECB is responding to the threat of climate change were a recurring subject during the hearing. In a strong hint that as president she would move the ECB beyond its traditional remit of controlling inflation, Lagarde said the bank would incorporate the climate threat into both its economic forecasts and in its capacity as watchdog of the financial system.

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    • Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record

      Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record

      Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Monday. There is no sign of a reversal in this trend, which is driving long-term climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and more extreme weather.

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    • Inspired by Greta Thunberg, worldwide protest demands climate action

      Inspired by Greta Thunberg, worldwide protest demands climate action

      Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world on Friday to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Alarmed by images of the Greenland ice sheets melting and the Amazon rain forests burning, students and workers abandoned schools, shops and offices in nearly every corner of the globe, aiming to stop what they see as a looming environmental catastrophe.

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    • New European citizens'  initiatives registered

      New European citizens' initiatives registered

      The European Commission on Wednesday decided to register three new European citizens' initiatives. The organisers of the first of them 'Stop corruption in Europe at its root, by cutting off funds to countries with inefficient judiciary after deadline', call on the Commission to 'mandate a firm 10 year post accession deadline for an automatic moratorium on payments of structural and cohesion funds to a newly acceded country, until the monitoring mechanism is lifted from their judiciary'. They state that 'the current EU legal code allows undue interpretation'.

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