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October 2020

Climate finance driving poor countries deeper into debt, says Oxfam

Big oil's answer to melting Arctic: cooling the ground so it can keep drilling

Let scientists guide us in the fight against climate change

China hits out at US climate record, in pointed message ahead of election

Researchers unveil roadmap for a carbon neutral China by 2060

High stakes for Earth’s climate future in US vote

Bank of England says company disclosures on climate risks will be mandatory

IEA: World makes haste too slowly on cutting energy use

EU funds drive rethink in East Europe on climate, says Timmermans

Bulgaria calls for EU help to phase out coal

EU leaders to decide tougher climate goal in December

Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening

EU launches ‘renovation wave’ for greener, more stylish buildings

Czechs drop opposition to 2030 climate goal ahead of EU summit

Ballooning debt cripples poor countries’ hopes of green recovery from Covid

Global CO2 emissions show biggest ever drop in first half of 2020

Fossil fuels are rapidly losing favour with investors

Tenth of pandemic stimulus spend could help world reach climate goals – study

Queensland transition to renewables would generate almost 10,000 jobs, analysis shows

World Bank and IMF must spearhead a green and inclusive recovery

Microsoft in deal with Equinor for Norway CO2 storage project

Brazilian spies intimidated government’s own delegates at climate talks

Electric trucks, green hydrogen ‘ripe for investment’ by EU recovery fund

IEA outlines how world can reach net zero emissions by 2050

Polish children exposed to four times more pollution than French, study finds

'Uninhabitable hell': Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns

A Biden victory could spur global climate action, but the US has much to prove

Climate change poses 'profound threat' to global growth -IMF chief

UN chief urges development banks to stop financing fossil fuel projects

Climate activist Greta Thunberg shows support for Biden in rare political tweet

Building for a new Europe

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

Government unveils new plans claiming to make UK world leader in green energy

Leaked EU-Mercosur trade deal lacks teeth on climate, activists say

HSBC targets net zero emissions by 2050, earmarks $1 trln green financing

Economy, pandemic overshadow climate for young U.S. voters

UK Supreme Court hears climate case on Heathrow airport expansion

COVID, climate and conflict conspire to push up poverty

UK 'will take 700 years' to reach low-carbon heating under current plans

Unique gathering of organisations around Europe call for more ambitious climate targets – businesses point out barriers to be removed

September was the world's hottest on record, EU climate change service says

Spain approves hydrogen strategy to spur low-carbon economy

Not personal enough: Why climate change is not yet a top priority

Carbon capture 'moonshot' moves closer, as billions of dollars pour in

Nitrogen emissions from rising fertiliser use threaten climate goals

EU Parliament votes in favour of cutting emissions 60% by 2030

EU energy ministers back 2030 climate goal update, leave deal for later

France’s ‘imported emissions’ are 70% higher than domestic CO2 output, report finds

Efficiency First must tackle implementation issues to be effective

Nuclear power hinders fight against climate change

To reach net zero emissions mid-century, start today

Energy performance in buildings is key to meeting 2030 emissions target

EU climate target of -55% would mean near-exit from coal in 2030 – experts

As cities bake on a warming planet, insurers cook up heatwave cover

California fires set bleak record as 4m acres destroyed

Climate activists start protest week for protection of forests in Germany

'A blessing in disguise': COVID-19 gives boost to Portugal's bicycle makers

'Tech unicorn' Octopus Energy to create 1,000 new UK jobs

U.S. farm landscapes could be reshaped by changing climate - research

Europe faces up to China’s supremacy on raw materials

EU’s carbon border tax proposal still has many grey areas

Behavioural experiments for energy efficiency habits in new Horizon 2020 project

Global heating warming up 'nights faster than days'

Cambridge university's endowment fund targets net zero emissions by 2038

NGOs attack plans to include carbon offsets into EU climate goals

Energy security and economic fears drive China's return to coal

Poland’s coal remains king, but renewables gain

Fate of UN-led carbon market to be decided behind closed doors

Saudi-led G20 energy statement backs fossil fuel bailouts

Running out of excuses: Where does Southeast Asia's energy transition stand in 2020?

September 2020

Despite socialist scepticism, Cuba shows interest in carbon trading

'Energy cafes' help Londoners cut bills and care for the climate

US: Zero-energy buildings are focus of growing number of energy efficiency programs

Wildfire smoke slashes solar energy production in California

Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as Covid-19 accelerates green drive

Internal combustion engine ‘not going away’, automakers say

Call to young energy researchers: Deadline 12 October

Growing momentum behind carbon capture can make it a new clean energy success story

World leaders pledge to halt Earth’s destruction ahead of UN summit

'Planet is dying', India's 8-year-old climate crusader warns

Can Asean balance growth and sustainability in post-Covid infrastructure development?

Supply chains generate massive carbon emissions

Installation of smart meter leaves elderly woman facing £4,000 bill

China's carbon pledge will require complete inversion of existing system

Frustrated Australian climate activist juggles school and a lawsuit

UN, Britain plan online climate summit in December

Dirty secret: Half of world lacks clean cooking, at a huge cost

Kenya's WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected

Ocean heat waves are directly linked to climate change

Indian businessman rhymes the case for a universal carbon tax

What is carbon capture, usage and storage – and can it trap emissions?

UK, UN bill Paris Agreement anniversary as key moment for raising climate ambition

Swiss appeals court reverses acquittal of Credit Suisse climate protesters

House-Passed Energy Bill Includes Significant Measures to Improve Efficiency

Intelligent electricity through EU structural funds

'Tiny wind turbine' can collect energy from a walker's swinging arm

China pledge and Biden win could move climate goals into view, scientists say

EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

The world is designed for men – but smart energy systems don’t have to be

EU Commission defends 2030 climate target against ‘accounting trick’ critique

Morrison's rejection of 2050 net zero emissions target is at odds with Paris agreement, experts say

VW races to meet EU target with new pooling deal

World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Resilience: The missing link in the new Circular Economy Action Plan

Europe warns of Brazilian trade boycott over fires

Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world's smartest cities

Airbus reveals ‘zero-emission’ plane plan

Norway to spend $1.8 bln on world's first full-scale CCS chain

Calculating the true climate impact of aviation emissions

Europe’s new climate plan heralds energy ‘transformation’

Demand climate regulation, Harvard economist urges big businesses

World's top companies urge action on nature loss ahead of U.N. talk

Spinning clock in New York counts down time until climate devastation

Seas and forests are muddying the carbon budget

55% EU climate target enabled by stronger energy savings, but more is possible

Toyota reveals plan to turn trucks into emissions-free 'power plants'

Abnormal heat spreads floods and wildfires globally

Which countries have a net zero carbon goal?

BlackRock votes against 49 companies for lack of climate crisis progress

South Africa aims to reach net zero emissions in 2050 – while still burning coal

Global energy, industry and financial leaders outline urgent priorities for a net-zero economy

European Parliament votes for new taxes in EU to repay recovery borrowing

New EU climate target proposal concern for German industry and NGOs

Greenpeace targets Spain with climate change lawsuit

How the EU could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on climate

Von der Leyen outlines path towards ‘new vitality’ in post-corona world

Energy companies keep right to sue states in private courts, as treaty reforms blocked

An EU 2030 climate target of at least 55% is not only necessary – it is also possible

Climate crisis takes heavy toll on mental health, psychotherapists' association says

LEAK: EU’s 2030 climate plan makes case for 55% emissions cut

Governments urged to invest more in green cities to beat coronavirus slump

EU commission accused of 'cheating' on net-zero emissions accounting

Shippers balk at EU carbon market plan

European climate law: How to reach climate neutrality?

Google announces its lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero

EU to withdraw free CO2 pollution credits to clear way for carbon border tax

Biden puts climate change at center of presidential campaign, calling Trump a ‘climate arsonist’

Investors that manage US$47tn demand world’s biggest polluters back plan for net-zero emissions

Power sector transformation will get world one third of way to net zero - IEA

Kenyan county tackles water woes with locally led climate fund

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say

Report: Low-Income Households, Communities of Color Face High “Energy Burden” Entering Recession

Poland to accelerate coal phase-out, spend billions on renewable and nuclear energy

Pandemic’s impacts are damaging climate research

EU environment lawmakers edge towards a 60% emissions cut by 2030, ahead of vote

‘EU carbon market not the right policy for cars, says Timmermans

Why a deal on energy could break the Brexit logjam

Uber to electrify half its rides in Europe after T&E public appeal

Cool your home, save money, chill the atmosphere

‘Obsolete’ Energy Charter Treaty must be reformed or ditched, lawmakers say

In EU, 1 in 8 deaths linked to pollution: report

France plans hydrogen alliance with Germany

African ministers call for investment in Great Green Wall to aid Covid-19 recovery

Campaigners start legal challenge to UK's $1bn grant to Mozambique gas project

Luxembourg raises 1.5 bln euros in Europe's first 'sustainability' government bond

Major economies talk green recovery, hydrogen at Japanese summit

Efforts to fix air pollution gasp for funding, as pandemic pressure builds

Extinction Rebellion: rights experts say peaceful protest in UK under threat

EU countries consider a climate target for every decade

Spaniards buy old, polluting cars amid recession and COVID fears

Mexican court to hear youths' climate change case against government

Global aviation accounts for 3.5 percent of human climate impact - aeronautics researchers

France's 'big green recovery plan' not big enough for campaigners

1,000 ‘shovel-ready’ projects identified in support of EU’s green recovery

Germany raises €6.5 bln from first-ever green bond

Countries promise green recovery at Japanese virtual summit, keep quiet on fossil bailouts

Six Portuguese youth file ‘unprecedented’ climate lawsuit against 33 countries

Create jobs and protect the climate? Analysis shows these investments would deliver.

Arctic heating races ahead of worst case estimates

Greater EU powers to catch and fine emissions cheats kick in

August 2020

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide

Coal mine protests in Germany and Poland highlight phase-out challenges

German-Russian resources forum discusses joint hydrogen economy

Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study

UK carbon emissions from electricity hit record low in lockdown – report

Guterres tells India coal business ‘going up in smoke’ as investors back clean tech

Top 1% of EU households have carbon footprints 22 times larger than climate targets allow

Wind and solar are 30-50% cheaper than thought, admits UK government

Poland’s planned energy restructuring set to hasten coal demise

Russia bristles at proposed EU carbon tax

Ukraine and Germany ink energy partnership to 'modernise' Ukraine's energy sector

Changing oceans reveal clear human thumbprint

Extra UN climate talks mooted for 2021 to help negotiators catch up

An oil giant’s Wall Street fall: The world is sending the industry signals, but is Exxon listening?

Joint venture looks to invest billions in 'natural capital' projects to help combat climate change

Batteries boost Californian hopes of cooler future

Draft EU methane strategy shies away from binding emissions standards

Insurers call for more proactive EU climate change adaptation plans

Prospect of snap election reanimates Canada’s carbon tax battle

Gas and nuclear industries fight to the end for ‘green’ EU investment label

In Arctic heat Greenland’s ice loss grows faster still

Tougher EU climate target technically, economically feasible, researchers say

EU can help Africa become the ‘greenest continent’: German minister

Israel moots plan to buy solar power from former enemy Jordan

Climate fund for poor nations vows to drive green COVID recovery

Insurance giant Suncorp to end coverage and finance for oil and gas industry

No, Renewables Did Not Cause California’s Blackouts

Revealed: how the gas industry is waging war against climate action

Home office could significantly reduce commuting emissions - study

Germany would have missed 2020 climate goal without COVID-19 emissions drop