A British oil refinery. A proposed EU directive will reduce the number of carbon credits available through the ETS. Photograph: Robert Brook/Alamy Member states approve changes, including €12bn innovation fund, to emissions plan for cleaner technology and pollution cuts
February 28, 2017 — An overhaul of the EU’s flagship trading scheme for cutting carbon emissions by European industries has been approved by the member states.
Continue reading Reform of EU carbon trading scheme agreed Heathrow’s new plan sets out short-term targets, including removing the last 5% of flights made by the most polluting aircraft by 2020. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images Plan also targets local air and noise pollution but critics say long-term solutions to environmental challenges are no closer to reality
February 28, 2017 — The huge growth in flights from Heathrow’s planned new runway could be carbon neutral, according to an ambition revealed by the airport.
Continue reading Heathrow aims to make third runway carbon neutral A young woman stands amid heavy smog in Tiananmen Square, after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in December, 2015. Severe air and water pollution in China is being linked to an increase in cases of cancer and other serious health problems. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters With only 10% of Chinese firms carrying out sustainability initiatives, the country’s business sector will need to act quickly if China is to meet its emissions target
April 21, 2016 — China’s offshore oil drilling firm and the country’s largest oil producer with $98.53bn in revenue in 2014, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) inevitably disturbs marine life as it probes seabeds around the world for resources. Like other big
Continue reading Will Chinese businesses step up to help China achieve climate goals The UNFCCC’s ideas to protect and develop coastal ecosystems have been dubbed ‘a false solution’ by civil society organizations, but praised by others
March 10, 2016 — In the coastal town of Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra where Riza Damanik grew up, learning how to fish is a right of passage. But, he says, initiatives by the Indonesian government over the past couple of decades have left small-scale fishermen like him adrift.
Continue reading Conserving coastal areas or commodifying nature