EU Council backs compromise on energy infrastructure reforms

EU energy ministers agreed their negotiating position on reforms to Trans-European Networks for Energy Regulation after a long debate on whether to support upgrading gas infrastructure to carry... Read more

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News in brief: Enel under fire over coal-to-gas switch, ECJ opinion spells trouble for vehicle emissions appeal

In other news this week: Campaigners have hit out at an Italian plan to convert a coal-fired power station to natural gas, NGOs call for a much higher renewable energy target, while the construction industry urges a ‘full decarbonisation of the built environment’.


Climate action poses threat to biodiversity, IPBES and IPCC warn

“Narrowly focused actions” to address climate change risk harming nature and “vice-versa”, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services warned this week.


REACH breaches blamed on pandemic driven surge in online shopping

At least 77% of articles reported for non-compliance with chemical rules to the EU’s Safety Gate system came from outside the bloc in 2020, according to an analysis conducted by chemicals industry group Cefic.

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Member states endorse nature-based solutions to climate impacts

EU environment ministers have called to roll out nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change in conclusions adopted on Thursday endorsing the European Commission’s Adaptation Strategy.

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Warsaw to face legal challenge over climate inaction

Poland’s right-wing populist government could soon follow its Dutch, French and German counterparts in being forced to defend its record on greenhouse gas emissions in court, as five citizens claim inaction has jeopardised their livelihoods and affected their human rights.

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In-depth: Airlines pin green hopes on sustainable aviation fuel

In-depth: Airlines pin green hopes on sustainable aviation fuel

Ahead of key decisions for the aviation sector in the ‘fit for 55’package of major climate and energy policy announcements in mid-July, carriers have set out their expectations for sustainable aviation fuel, while a report shows they have been lobbying hard against the new climate targets.


Interview: How the EU can turn the tide on hazardous chemicals

Anne-Sofie Bäckar, executive director of advocacy group ChemSec, talks to ENDS about “disturbing” discrepancies in EU chemicals data, tackling the PFAS threat, and what it will take to make good on the promises of the European Green Deal.

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G7 finance ministers meeting: 8 things you need to know

Over the weekend, finance ministers from the G7 group of wealthy democracies promised to make ‘transformative efforts to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss’. Here’s what you need to know.

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Interview: How criminalising ecocide could make business leaders think twice about their environmental impact

The idea of treating ecocide as a crime is gathering momentum and corporate decision-makers have as much to fear as some political leaders, Jojo Mehta, director of the campaign group Stop Ecocide International, tells ENDS

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