In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Poland relies heavily on coal and has been resistant to transitioning away from the industry that powers 70% of its electricity. But as a member of the European Union, the country is bound to the EU’s climate targets and bloc-spanning judicial system. Last week, the EU’s top court ruled […]

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Next Stop in the European Union: Expanded Tram Service

Next Stop in the European Union: Expanded Tram Service

The European Union is angling for climate neutrality by 2050, and in order to hit that target needs to ramp down its transportation emissions by about 90 percent. Trams — or what is known as light rail here in the U.S. — are having a moment as part of that planning. 

Why This Matters: Lowering emissions doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel.

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Wealthy EU Nations Move to Stop Trash Burning

Wealthy EU Nations Move to Stop Trash Burning

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]

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EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The night before the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit 2020 on Saturday, the European Union set a new ambitious target of cutting emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels over the next decade. The updated target comes just a year after the 27-country bloc set its goal at reducing […]

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European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

The Guardian and S&P Global reported that after days of haggling, the European Commission settled on an $864 billion USD recovery fund for the next 3 years, plus a five year budget with a target of spending 30% of that to support the EU’s climate commitments.  

Why This Matters:  Activist leader Greta Thunberg immediately criticized the deal as not being good enough.

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EU Commits to Protecting 30% of Nature by 2030

EU Commits to Protecting 30% of Nature by 2030

Yesterday the European Commission announced that it will commit to protecting 30% of the EU’s land and oceans by 2030 (30 by 30) as part of the European Green Deal. In addition to this declaration, the EU will also plant 3 billion trees by 2030 and cut chemical pesticide use by 50% and fertilizer use […]

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