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Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans (L) and President Ursula von der Leyen unveil the 'European Green Deal' during a press conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels on July 14, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Europe’s green economy plan: main points

The European Commission has unveiled a vast legislative programme to increase the cost of pollution and drive the economy towards a carbon neutral future
Wind turbines are seen near a coal-fired power station in Garzweiler, western Germany. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP / File
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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
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
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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
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
Air pollution obscures the view of the London Eye in central London on April 9, 2015. Photo: Ben Fathers / AFP
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Air pollution costs Europe’s cities 160bn euros a year: analysis

Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs say
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
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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
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, speaks during a session in the plenary hall of the European Parliament.
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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.
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