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10 things you need to know about the EU blue economy strategy

10 things you need to know about the EU blue economy strategy

Environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius launched on Monday a strategy that aims to “integrate ocean policy into Europe’s new economic policy”. Here’s what you need to know.

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Germany charts course for net zero by 2045 in wake of landmark judgment

The German government agreed on Wednesday to ramp up its greenhouse gas emissions cuts to reach climate neutrality by 2045 after the country’s top court ruled its current targets put the freedoms of younger generations at risk.

Politics & Law

EU eyes ‘zero pollution’ by 2050, but critics say new plan lacks teeth

The European Commission’s new Zero Pollution Action Plan sets out broad 2030 targets covering air, water soil, biodiversity, noise and waste – but green groups argue it contains little in the way of concrete new commitments or targets.

Transport

Madrid in quandary as Spain’s top court rejects low emission zone law

The Spanish supreme court has struck down the ‘Madrid Central’ low-emission zone introduced in 2018, meaning the city council will have to approve replacement regulations within two months or face rising road transport emissions and possible EU fines.

Land

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Politics & Law

Petersberg climate conference prompts calls for faster emissions cuts

After German chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to slash her country’s emissions to net zero by 2045 at this year’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD), environmental campaigners have called on their governments to accelerate climate action and boost their climate finance.

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