# Climate change

Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province, 18 July 2006. China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in a decade with growth of 11.3 percent in the second quarter, official data showed, exceeding expectations and possibly signaling the need for new cooling measures. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)
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Air pollution linked to 15 percent of coronavirus deaths: study

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions
The sun reflects off a stream on the dried out riverbed of La Loire river in Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, on July 30, 2020. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
The sun reflects off a stream on the dri […]

80% of Europe’s natural habitats in poor shape: report

More than 80 percent of the EU's natural habitats are in poor or bad condition and more must be done to protect them, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a report
PICTURE TAKEN IN HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) MODE The power plant "Neurath" run by coal from the brown coal open cast mine Garzweiler is pictured on October 24, 2014 in Rommerskirchen, western Germany. The power plant is operated by German energy giant RWE. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP)
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EU leaders to decide tougher climate goal in December

EU leaders have said they will decide on a more stringent climate target for 2030 at a summit in December, leaving more time to forge a united response to climate change
A sprinkler irrigates a corn field as sun rises over the Oderbruch region in Lebus, northeastern Germany, on July 26, 2019. Photo: Patrick Pleul / DPA / AFP
A sprinkler irrigates a corn field as su […]

Climate change to bring longer droughts in Europe: study

Two-year droughts like the record-breaking one that gripped Central Europe from 2018 to 2019 could become much more frequent if the region fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, northern England, on February 9, 2020, as flood water covers the roads after the River Calder burst its banks following Storm Ciara. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, […]

Europe flooding period worst in 500 years: study

Europe has been struck by more frequent and widespread flooding in recent decades than at any other time in the past 500 years, according to a sweeping analysis of the continent's flood history
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows pine trunks piled near Brocas, in the Landes area, southwestern France, 10 years after Klaus storm devastated the forest. - Climate change, with drier summers, endanger the young pine trees and the renewal of the forest, a highly significant economic product for the region, AFP reports on June 2, 2020. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)
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Forest harvesting in Europe threatens climate goals: study

A dramatic shift in forest harvesting to meet increased demand for wood could threaten the European Union's climate goals, according to a study by the European Commission
Newly elected mayor of Bordeaux, EELV green party's Pierre Hurmic (C), takes part in a meeting with members of his campaign team on June 29, 2020 in Bordeaux, southwestern France, a day after the second round of the French mayoral elections. (Photo by MEHDI FEDOUACH / AFP)
Newly elected mayor of Bordeaux, EELV gr […]

Confident Greens encroach on traditional European left

With a stunning string of wins in local elections, France's Greens have intensified a Europe-wide trend of ecological forces stealing the limelight on the left from traditional socialist parties