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UN says 2020 set to become Europe’s hottest year on record

Petteri Taalas

Europe has seen the hottest period on record from January to October, the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in its preliminary annual report on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas Other regions that have seen significant heat this year include the south-western U.S., northern and western parts of South America, parts of Central America and Chinese regions. ...

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Air pollution linked with Europe’s high coronavirus fatalities

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Europe appears to be the continent most afflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. While 186,859 people have died in Europe since the beginning of the pandemic, the death toll is 141,979 people in North America and 56,391 people in South America. Vehicular traffic is a major source of air pollution in Germany In Asia, where the pandemic started at the turn ...

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Measles epidemic hits Europe, claims 35 lives in 12 months

Zsuzsanna Jakab

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. The most recent fatality was a six-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3300 measles cases and two deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks which, according to national public health authorities, have caused 31 ...

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How world can prevent 1.4m yearly environment-related deaths in Europe, Central Asia

Zsuzsanna Jakab

As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting have called on regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases. “In the era of Sustainable Development, we can prevent the 1.4 million environment related deaths by making health a political choice ...

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Paris Agreement: No new coal plants after 2020 in Europe, say energy producers


Leading energy companies in Europe have announced that they will build no new coal-fired power plants in the European Union after 2020, in support of the goals agreed by international community under the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The central goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep the maximum global average temperature rise as close as possible to 1.5 ...

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African CSOs to Europe: Don’t hijack our renewable energy

Mithika Mwenda

Almost 200 African civil society organisations on Thursday, April 6, 2017 condemn what they perceive as European manipulation and compromising of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), a transformative, Africa-owned and Africa-led inclusive effort to accelerate and scale up the harnessing of the continent’s huge renewable energy potential. Tensions appear to have erupted over the actions of France and the ...

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Climate action: Young ambassadors cycle across Europe


Two young people from Wellington, New Zealand, are cycling across Europe in an epic endeavor to raise awareness for climate action and showcase projects related to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now and Momentum for Change initiatives. The climate ambassadors plan to cycle approximately 10,000 km across Europe to show that traveling can be climate neutral, visiting projects and interviewing key ...

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Wind energy surpasses hydroelectric power in U.S., coal in Europe


The wind certainly blows across the world and, not unexpectedly, its impact is being felt – and in more ways than one. In America, wind power has achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity, according to a new report released last Thursday (February 9, 2017) by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind surpassed hydropower ...

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Floods overrun Germany, France, Austria


Torrential rain has hit Germany, France and Austria leaving hundreds of pupils stranded in their schools and families have been forced to scramble to their rooftops to escape the rising deluge. Several areas in Paris were under red alert as the Seine River burst its banks in several places after four days of almost non-stop rain caused severe flooding in ...

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