BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A British Conservative was picked on Wednesday to steer a major piece of climate law through the European Parliament, after deputies steered clear of Polish candidates opposed to carbon trading reforms that would penalize their coal-reliant country.
Carbon market analysts said Ian Duncan was preferable to rivals from Poland’s Law and Justice party, which has threatened to pull Poland from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) if it wins an October election.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – National promises to cut emissions as part of preparations for a United Nations summit at the end of the year would cap global warming at the unacceptably high level of 3 degrees Celsius, the U.N.’s climate boss said on Tuesday.
The talks in Paris, starting on Nov. 30, will seek a global deal to curb warming, which scientists say needs to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) to avoid the most devastating consequences in the form of droughts and rising sea levels.
BRUSSELS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Rich nations are stubbornly
divided ahead of talks in Paris on Thursday to seek a deal to
phase out coal subsidies in a foretaste of the difficulty of
agreeing on action to curb global warming at a U.N. summit later
France, host of the U.N. climate summit, has piled on the
political pressure to restrict a type of subsidy that helps
nations export technology for power generation from coal, the
most polluting of the fossil fuels.
LONDON (Reuters) – One of London’s most exclusive enclaves provides the unlikely setting for the world’s longest-running live satire show, which thrives on bad news and is rarely short of material.
The current fare of NewsRevue at Little Venice’s Canal Cafe Theatre includes paedophilia scandals and the Syrian civil war.
PARIS/BRUSSELS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – The new head of the
International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the
purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West
against the power of OPEC in the 1970s.
Fatih Birol of Turkey — the IEA’s respected chief economist
– takes over on Tuesday, replacing Dutch politician Maria van
der Hoeven, a former economy minister whose four-year term has
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Once the last refuge of lepers and criminals, one of Brussels’ quirkiest neighborhoods teems with vintage furniture sellers, flea markets and linguistic invention.
Les Marolles in French, or de Marollen in Dutch, stretches from the Gare du Midi, where Eurostar trains arrive, to the city’s highest point, the Mont des Pendus or Galgenberg (Gallows Hill), where you can look down on half of Brussels.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia’s and Greece’s requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.
Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application.
BRUSSELS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Widely-used pesticides made by
Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk
to bees, the European Union’s food safety watchdog said on
Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which guides EU
policymakers, said leaf spray containing three neonicotinoid
pesticides could harm bees, whose pollinating role is estimated
to be worth billions of euros for the bloc’s farm sector.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union’s food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which guides EU policymakers, said leaf spray containing three neonicotinoid pesticides could harm bees, whose pollinating role is estimated to be worth billions of euros for the bloc’s farm sector.
BRUSSELS, Aug 24 (Reuters) – With street names such as
Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the
1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class
district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy “garden
city” way of life.
Now 21st-century planners are striving to turn it into a
modern ideal with the kind of renovations EU policymakers
sitting in their shiny offices across the city want to see
throughout the European Union.