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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
The Eiffel Tower in Paris pictured through a haze of air pollution from the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral on March 14, 2017. Photo: Philippe Lopez / AFP
The Eiffel Tower in Paris pictured throu […]

European air quality improves but still detrimental to health: report

Air quality has improved significantly across Europe over the past 10 years, but pollution still contributes to significant numbers of premature deaths, the European Environment Agency says
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
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
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, speaks during a session in the plenary hall of the European Parliament.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the E […]

EU executive proposes emissions cuts, climate bonds for green Europe

The European Commission has proposed targets for emissions cuts of "at least 55 per cent" by the year 2030. The proposal has received not only support but also criticism around the different European member states.
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, on the south coast of England, as temperatures head towards a predicted 37C on August 7, 2020. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, o […]

Europeans warned not to forget virus as temperatures soar

Sun-seekers flocked to beaches as parts of western Europe baked in a heatwave, but authorities urged people to avoid crowded areas and wear masks over concerns at rising numbers of coronavirus cases
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