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How the EU is facing up to the prospect of winter energy shortages ...

The Klingenberg gas power station in Berlin, July 2022. The German government has warned of possible gas shortages this winter. Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty

As the European Commission prepares its ‘winter preparedness’ plan for possible gas shortages, member states are ramping up measures to ease the burden of rising prices on citizens. Some are greener... Read more

Climate

Blog: Italy’s mountain tragedy symbolises the danger of climate change in Europe

A rescue helicopter flies over the Punta Rocca glacier that collapsed on the mountain of Marmolada, after a record-high temperature of 10°C was recorded at the summit. July 2022. Photo: TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images

The partial collapse of the Punta Rocca glacier in the Italian Alps, which last Sunday caused the death of at least 10 people with two more still missing at the time of writing, has been explicitly attributed to climate change.

Politics & Law

Blog: Forest lobbying yields results in Council’s climate position

Stacked logs await processing at a Finnish paper factory. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images

Forest sector groups appear to have successfully rallied single-minded Nordic member states behind efforts to water down the EU Council’s negotiating position on a raft of climate and energy files.

Energy

Is this the week the EU gave up on the ECT?

membersProtestors from Extinction Rebellion (XR) and WeMove Europe block the entrances to the ECT Secretariat building in Brussels today

As the debate over Energy Charter Treaty reform comes to a head this week, the European Parliament has drawn a clear line in the sand, with overwhelming support for a resolution adopted today suggesting that a half-hearted reform of the agreement that allows continued fossil fuel investment is unlikely to get past the assembly.

Climate

Blog: How Europe’s cities are adapting to cope with heatwaves

As much of the continent swelters under an early heatwave, city governments are mobilising to shelter citizens from its worst impacts. But is it enough?

Politics & Law

In-depth: Is Parliament losing patience with the Fit for 55 lobbying drive?

MEPs from across the political divide have spoken out against what they claim is an unprecedented barrage of lobbying as they vote on key climate legislation. Could it push Parliament to adopt tighter rules in future?

Politics & Law

How a single vote watered down Parliament’s position on CO2 cuts for cars

MEPs on the environment committee narrowly voted on Wednesday to endorse a proposal that would prohibit the sale of internal combustion engine cars and vans from 2035. But several measures proposed by rapporteur Jan Huitema did not make the cut – in one case thanks to a single vote.

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