Dutch government to cut speed limit to reduce nitrogen pollution

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday the country’s speed limit would be cut to a maximum of 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) nationwide, as part of a package of emergency measures intended to reduce nitrogen pollution. Rutte’s government has been in crisis over a court-ordered delay of thousands of construction projects around the […]

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Nine EU countries call for European aviation tax to curb emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nine European Union states have called on the bloc’s incoming executive Commission to introduce an EU-wide tax on aviation so as to charge a polluting industry more for its emissions and put all member states on level pegging. In a letter to the EU’s executive in charge of climate, Frans Timmermans, the finance ministers of Germany, France, […]

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Nine EU countries call for a European aviation tax to curb emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nine European Union states have called on the bloc’s incoming Commission to introduce a EU-wide tax on aviation, in order to charge a polluting industry more for its emissions and to put all member states on level pegging. In a letter to the bloc’s new climate official, Frans Timmermans, the finance ministers of Germany, France, the Netherlands, […]

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In boost to climate policy, EU makes first move to end fossil fuel funding

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A preliminary text agreed by EU member states calls on the European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects, in what would be a breakthrough in the bloc’s climate policy and a blow to the coal, gas and oil industries. The document, seen by Reuters, was agreed on Tuesday by mid-ranking representatives of the EU’s 28 […]

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Brits now need to take a test to fly a drone — or face a £1,000 fine

The mandatory scheme requires owners and operators of drones weighing more than 250 grams to register them.  Concerns have been raised about how the use of drones could impact the safety of planes and helicopters. The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launched a national drone registration program Tuesday. The scheme, which is mandatory, requires owners and operators of drones weighing […]

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EU rules on responsible investments to kick in from 2021: document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers are set to adopt new rules this week that will require asset managers, insurers and pension funds to disclose environmental and social risks in their investments from 2021. The overhaul is expected to bring more clarity to the lightly regulated sector of responsible investing, and could set a global standard for the growing […]

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Dutch construction boom set to end as EU nitrogen rules bite

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A six-year construction boom in the Netherlands is set to end next year, a research firm said on Thursday, as uncertainty over European Union rules on nitrogen emissions delays thousands of building projects across the country. Construction output in the euro zone’s fifth-largest economy is set to fall by 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in the 2019-2021 […]

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Republicans Push For Whistleblower’s Identity In Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over questions about the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The skirmish revealed a growing dispute between the two sides, as Republicans say they need to hear from the intelligence official who initially raised the alarm over Trump’s attempts […]

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EU should revise fiscal rules to free up spending on climate: advisers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should revise its fiscal rules to allow governments to spend more on policies to fight climate change and infrastructure, an independent advisory body said on Tuesday. With the euro zone’s economy slowing, the rationale of fiscal rules that were hastily tightened after the EU debt crisis of 2010-12 is now widely questioned. In its […]

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