Environment

  • Scott Morrison defends Australia’s action on climate change as he meets Joe Biden

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted Australia is doing enough to reduce emissions as he met US President Joe Biden ahead of climate talks between world leaders. Australia is under increasing global pressure to update its emissions reduction targets and commit to achieving net zero by 2050. The US has been among nations publicly urging…

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  • Summer wildfires in northern hemisphere caused record levels of carbon emissions

    Wildfires in Siberia, North America and around the Mediterranean caused record levels of planet-warming CO2 emissions this summer, the EU’s Earth monitoring service says. Globally, forests going up in flames emitted more than 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2, equivalent to India’s annual emissions from all sources, in July and August alone, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring…

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  • In a landmark climate move, China pledges to stop funding coal projects overseas

    China will stop funding coal projects overseas, President Xi Jinping says, ending a major source of support for the fossil fuel contributing to climate change. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Mr Xi made the promise as he vowed to accelerate efforts to help the world battle climate change. “China will step up support…

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  • World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns

    The world is on a “catastrophic pathway” in terms of global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says. According to a report by the UN climate agency on Friday, a warming of 2.7C is foreseeable. “This is breaking the promise made six years ago to pursue the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement,” Guterres said on…

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  • Mediterranean countries can be frontrunners in the fight against climate change

    “ Time is short. It’s urgent to step up now against climate change”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen emphasised in an exclusive interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). While in Athens for the EU Med 9 Summit on Friday, the President of the European Commission talked to Aimilios Perdikaris, General Director of…

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  • 2021 ozone hole over the South Pole is already larger than Antarctica

    Like atmospheric sunscreen, the ozone layer in Earth’s atmosphere protects our planet and the life on it from ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun. Decades ago, scientists sounded the alarm on a disturbing hole in the ozone layer. While we’ve made progress on healing the damage, the hole still reappears over the South Pole every…

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  • EU leaders sign Athens Declaration on climate change

    EU leaders who attended the EUMed9 Summit on climate change and the environment in the Mediterranean, expressed their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and to reducing the rise of global temperature by 1.5C in relation to pre-industrial levels, read the conclusions of the Athens Declaration that was signed at the conference on…

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  • Climate crisis, environmental protection and need for joint action by Mediterranean countries

    The EUMed 9 Summit will be held on Friday in Athens, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Culture Centre (SNFCC). The agenda of the Summit, which acquires special geopolitical weight, includes security challenges in the Mediterranean that endanger stability in the region, potential new crises, such as the threat of migration flows after the latest developments…

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  • A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation

    For more than a year, we have all experienced the devastating effects of a global pandemic—all of us, whether poor or wealthy, weak or strong. Some were more protected or vulnerable than others, but the rapidly-spreading infection meant that we have depended on each other in our efforts to stay safe. We realised that, in…

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  • Greece: New projects related to the environment

    In the next few days the government will announce the inclusion of 12 more projects in the Recovery and Resilience Fund package of subsidies, and in mid-September it will put the eligibility criteria for the fund’s loans up for public consultation. This summer’s wildfires and growing concern about the effects of climate change played their…

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