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EU health agency reports 59 Omicron cases in 11 countries

Omicron variant

At least 11 EU member states have recorded cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the bloc’s health agency said on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Omicron variant There have been 59 cases reported overall, including 16 in the Netherlands, 14 in Portugal and nine in Germany, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). There were also four ...

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Reactions trail new EU climate change plan

Svenja Schulze

After the EU member states and the EU Parliament have agreed on binding goals for climate protection with the EU climate law, the EU Commission on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 proposed a comprehensive package of measures with which these goals are to be achieved. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze The total of 12 legislative proposals are now being discussed by ...

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Fighting climate change: EU executive to address policy overhaul

European Commission

The European Commission is set to push for a major overhaul of the bloc’s environmental policies on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 to reduce emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. European Commission. Photo credit: Mark Renders/Getty Images In a mammoth legislative package dubbed FitFor55, the commission is expected to table about a dozen new or revised climate or energy laws. ...

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EU executive to probe German cash scheme for phased-out coal plants

Margrethe Vestager

The European Union’s executive arm suspects that planned German state payouts to two companies whose coal plants were to be shuttered early may breach EU state aid rules, it announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. European Commission Vice President, Margrethe Vestager Germany wants to phase out the use of lignite, a particularly polluting type of coal, to generate electricity by ...

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EU to purchase more 300m doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, research claims it might be effective against new strains

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has renewed a contract with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to purchase an additional 300 million doses of their vaccine against the coronavirus disease, President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission “As you know, we have right now access to 300 million doses of ...

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EU bans plastic waste exports to poor countries

Virginijus Sinkevicius

The EU will ban the export of plastic waste from the bloc to poor countries effective from January 1, 2021, it said on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, following concerns about pollution in third world countries. Environment Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevicius Plastic exports would also be “more strictly controlled,” according to the European Commission. The new rules still allow for “clean plastic ...

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EU submits new climate target to United Nations

European Commission

The German Council Presidency, together with the European Commission, submitted the increased national climate target of the EU and its member states to the United Nations. European Commission. Photo credit: Mark Renders/Getty Images The EU has thus committed itself to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. With this target increase, the EU is setting an ...

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EU agrees 2030 emissions-cutting goal of 55%

Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders have agreed to cut carbon emissions by at least 55 per cent by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels – a big step up from the current goal. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen “Europe is the leader in the fight against climate change,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted. “We decided to cut ...

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Youth climate activists want EU leaders to withdraw Common Agricultural Policy

European Parliament

One hundred youth climate activists have written a letter to EU leaders demanding that they withdraw the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) voted on by the Parliament on Friday, October 30, 2020. The European Parliament The letter was released online on Sunday, November 1 and has now been signed by over 50,000 people. It has also been sent to the European Commission and ...

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ICEED powers 12 North East hospitals with solar

ICEED Solar Power

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), an energy and environment solution organisation, while implementing the EU’s funded “Support for Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State”, has completed the installation of solar power systems in 12 hospitals in the state. Installation of solar panels by technicians Speaking after the completion of installation at the last beneficiary hospital, ...

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