The members of the Environment committee of the European Parliament have set their position on the European Climate Law. By endorsing a 2030 climate target for the EU of 60% emission reductions, up from the current 40%, they made a key step closer to what is needed to achieve the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement even though science requires at least 65% cuts.
The final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) show that 11 out of 18 EU coal-countries do not have a Paris-compatible plan to phase-out coal by 2030, finds new report entitled Just Transition or Just Talk - 2020, published by Ember and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.
Science confirms that the best way to prevent dramatic climate change is to cut greenhouse gas emission by 65% by 2030. The following four recent studies illustrate the benefits of ambitious climate action in the EU.
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe strongly condemns the unjustified detention of local members of the CAN network and is deeply concerned about their safety.
People around the world keep turning to the courts as politicians fail to deliver anything close to the necessary level of climate action. The Portuguese children’s case filed today with the European Court of Human Rights, is the most recent one in Europe that is trying to hold European countries accountable for their failure to deliver urgent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
Von der Leyen should look for a commissioner that brings trade policy in line with climate ambition to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, after her trade chief, Phil Hogan, resigned yesterday evening.
According to youth climate activists who met with the German Chancellor yesterday, Angela Merkel announced that Germany will not ratify the EU-Mercosur Agreement in its current form. This news came after the mobilisation of 1.7 million Europeans calling upon the EU to stop the EU-Mercosur Agreement .
Europe is once again hit by heat waves. Impacts of the climate crisis are threatening lives, livelihoods, jobs and fundamental rights of many Europeans. The EU must urgently and drastically increase its 2030 climate target and direct all EU funds towards a just transition to climate neutrality to protect its citizens.
More links between air pollution and Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions, and deaths are discovered by the study of 355 municipalities in the Netherlands conducted by the IZA Institute of Labour Economics(1). Other studies found that long term exposure to PM2.5, nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and sulphur dioxide (SO₂) can reduce lung function(2) and cause respiratory illness(3).
EU Heads of State and Government agreed on a more ambitious green recovery proposal, which includes an increase of the climate action spending target to 30%, with a view to achieving the new EU 2030 climate target that is to be updated by the end of the year.