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#Environmental pollution

Aircraft on the runway in Toulouse. Photo: Jean-Vincent Reymondon / Airbus / AFP / File RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AIRBUS/ MASTER FILMS/ JEAN-VINCENT REYMONDON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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EU airlines fear fuel tax as climate push takes off

The European Commission is set to propose a raft of measures to slash EU aviation emissions when it unveils a bumper package of legislation aimed at reaching its climate goals
Carbon prices need to increase to push polluters to shift to renewable sources, experts say. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP / File
Carbon prices need to increase to push p... […]

Brussels sets stage for battle over emissions cuts

The European Commission is set to unveil a vast package of draft green legislation on Wednesday designed to govern a faster transition to a low carbon economy
Most old cars should be recycled as the EU framework foresees 90% of parts being recovered. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP / File
Most old cars should be recycled as the ... […]

EU prepares to send petrol cars to the scrap heap

Europe's prestigious carmakers lead the world in perfecting the internal combustion engine -- but the days of the petrol motor are numbered, and the continent is changing gear
The idea would make it mandatory for all major companies to disclose, for example, their carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP
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G7 steps towards making companies disclose climate risks

The wealthy G7 countries have moved closer to requiring companies to disclose their climate impact despite a lack of global agreement and doubts from some NGOs
Electric vehicles (EV) charge at a charging station in east London on November 18, 2020. - Britain will ban petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030 as part of a 10-point plan for a "green industrial revolution" to be unveiled Wednesday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Electric vehicles (EV) charge at a charg... […]

Electric vehicle sales surge in EU amid Covid slump

Demand for electric vehicles soared in the EU last year as buyers took advantage of government subsidies aimed at helping manufacturers during the Covid-19 pandemic, an industry body said
The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brown coal from an open cast mine is pictured on October 2, 2015 in Weisweiler, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP)
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Reducing air pollution ‘could prevent 50,000 EU deaths’

Limiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to a new study that calls for urgent action
Smoke rises from the Ruhleben incineration power plant behind the "Unite d'Habitation of Berlin" (Corbusierhaus), a building designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (L), which is located next to the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Smoke rises from the Ruhleben incinerati... […]

Covid and pollution: intimately linked, compound threat

Lockdowns may have temporarily cleared up the skies above big cities but experts warn that air pollution remains a Covid-19 threat multiplier that will far outlast the pandemic