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Climate Change More Than Doubled the Odds of Europe’s Heatwave, Scientists Say

Climate Change More Than Doubled the Odds of Europe’s Heatwave, Scientists Say

Climate change increased the odds of northern Europe’s current heatwave, according to a preliminary assessment from scientists. “We estimate that the probability to have such a heat or higher is generally more than two times higher today than if human activities had not altered climate,” according to World Weather Attribution, an international network of researchers […]

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    UK Makes Sneaky Push to Weaken EU Paris Efforts Ahead of Brexit

    UK Makes Sneaky Push to Weaken EU Paris Efforts Ahead of Brexit

    With one foot out the Brexit door, the UK is secretly trying to weaken EU commitments to the Paris agreement in a move branded “rude” by one member of European parliament (MEP), The Guardian reported Wednesday. The EU is currently set to reduce its energy use by 20 percent by making improvements to energy efficiency […]

    3°C May Double Europe’s Drought Risk

    3°C May Double Europe’s Drought Risk

    By Tim Radford If average global temperatures rise by just 3°C, then Europe’s drought risk could increase to double the area faced with drying out. Right now, just 13 percent of the continent can be counted as a drought-prone region. As the thermometer soars, this proportion could rise to 26 percent. And 400 million people […]

    EU Approves Ban on ‘Bee-Killing’ Neonicotinoids

    EU Approves Ban on ‘Bee-Killing’ Neonicotinoids

    European governments approved Friday a proposal to widen a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that studies have found are harmful to bees and other pollinators. The move completely bans the outdoor uses of three neonicotinoids, or neonics, across the European Union. They include Bayer CropScience’s imidacloprid, Syngenta’s thiamethoxam and clothianidin developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and […]

    Europe’s Cities Face a Hotter Century

    Europe’s Cities Face a Hotter Century

    By Tim Radford Europe’s cities are about to bake. The worst-case scenario for ever-hotter temperatures now suggests that later this century the Austrian city of Innsbruck—for example—could be subjected to heatwaves 14°C hotter than any in the past. Altogether more than 400 cities could under such circumstances expect heatwaves at least 10°C hotter than any […]

    The Last Straw? EU Official Hints Ban on Single-Use Plastic Across Europe

    The Last Straw? EU Official Hints Ban on Single-Use Plastic Across Europe

    A top EU official hinted that legislation to cut plastic waste in Europe is coming soon. Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, made the comment after Britain’s environment minister Michael Gove, a pro-Brexiter, suggested that staying in the EU would make it harder for the UK to create environmental laws such […]

    Europe’s Offshore Wind Capacity Grew a Stunning 25% in 2017

    Europe’s Offshore Wind Capacity Grew a Stunning 25% in 2017

    2017 was a banner year for European offshore wind after installing a record 3.1 gigawatts of new capacity, twice the capacity installed in 2016, according to a new report from WindEurope, an industry association. European offshore wind capacity grew 25 percent in just one year to total 15.8 gigawatts, which WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson called […]

    District Heating Warms Cities Without Fossil Fuels

    District Heating Warms Cities Without Fossil Fuels

    By Paul Brown Heating homes and offices without adding to the dangers of climate change is a major challenge for many cities, but re-imagined district heating is now offering an answer. A district heating scheme is a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from where […]

    Balkan Dams Pose Major Threat to Protected Species

    Balkan Dams Pose Major Threat to Protected Species

    Construction sites for hydroelectric dams are popping up all over southeast Europe and endangering mountain rivers and the region’s unique biodiversity, according to researchers. More than 2,700 hydropower plants are in the planning phase across the Balkans, with 37 percent of dams slated to be built on land with “high protection status,” according to Save […]