A clutch of major European countries have issued a call to increase the EU’s climate ambition, including raising its Paris Agreement target — but Germany failed to sign on. In a leaked ‘non-paper’ ahead of this week’s EU summit on the future of Europe, the governments of France, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden lay out plans to boost the bloc’s climate policies. But Germany – which still sources much of its electricity from coal power – notably failed to sign up to the plan, as did the UK, which will not attend the summit due to confusion over Brexit. Brick Medak, climate analyst for European environmental think-tank E3G, told Unearthed: “While some progressive states are leading the way in climate policy, Germany, as so often in recent times, has been very cautious. “The German government is at loggerheads over carbon pricing and supporting a EU-position on greenhouse gas neutrality in 2050. As long as Germany does not clarify these questions and join the progressive states, the EU will not really make any progress in climate policy. The German government must finally put its fine word into action, or it is putting its credibility in climate policy completely at risk.”
Unearthed 8th May 2019 read more »
Europe is using up natural resources so quickly that the planet’s ability to replenish itself over the year would be exhausted by this Friday if everyone consumed as much, a new analysis has found. It would take 2.8 planets to extend the EU’s rate of consumption of fuels, food, fibres, land and timber to all the world’s people, according to data collected by WWF and the Global Footprint Network. The alarming report follows a warning from a UN panel that the scale and pace of biodiversity loss is now endangering the foundations of human society itself.
Guardian 9th May 2019 read more »