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Climate Change Is Catching On With Voters. Why Isn’t Jay Inslee?

By Trip Gabriel

The Washington governor has long been a leading voice on climate change. He believes he will gain prominence as more voters learn of his record and proposals.

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Gas storage vies for central role in EU quest for carbon neutrality

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

European gas storage sites have much to offer in the energy transition, providing a readily available platform to carry new low-carbon gases like hydrogen. What’s not clear yet is whether those gases can be produced in sufficient quantity to significantly cut carbon emissions.

Commission repeals US anti-dumping duties on ethanol, irritates industry

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Following an expiry review, the European Commission has decided to repeal the antidumping measures against imports of bioethanol from the USA. The decision has triggered reactions of the EU ethanol industry, which warns about severe economic and climate implications.

EU national climate plans well below par, study reveals

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Of the 28 draft national energy and climate plans submitted by EU member states, not a single one is on a pathway to reach net-zero emission by 2050, according to a fresh analysis published on Thursday (16 May).

Merkel sends first strong message for climate neutrality by 2050

By Florence Schulz

Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated for the first time that Germany may join a European alliance to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. At a recent EU summit, Germany was unwilling to join a similar initiative by nine EU member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Academic: Gas storage has β€˜big potential’ in Europe’s low-carbon future

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Boasting 1,200 terawatt hours (TWh) of existing capacity, gas storage sites can be a formidable asset for Europe in the transition to a low-carbon economy, providing much-needed flexibility to a future energy system where gas and electricity will be more closely integrated, says Ilaria Conti.

Jet fuel tax hopes lifted by leaked EU report

By Sam Morgan

Aviation carbon emissions would fall by 11% or 16.4 million tonnes if the EU were to scrap jet fuel’s tax derogation, according to a leaked European Commission study.

Is climate change affecting our socio-economic classes differently?

By Florence Schulz

Carbon tax has featured prominently during the EU election campaign. The key issue is whether poorer households will be expected to pay a CO2 tax, when they emit less than high earners. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, two climate scientists discuss climate change affecting the class system and consumer behaviour.

The evolving role of gas storage in Europe

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Departing from its usual supply security role, gas storage is vying for a central position in Europe’s vision of a hybrid energy system combining renewable electricity and low-carbon gases like hydrogen. But getting there won’t be a smooth run and regulators are watching closely.

How A.I. Can Help Handle Severe Weather


Researchers from industry, academia and government agencies are finding new ways to repair the problems of hurricanes, flooding, drought and wildfires.

A Mayor Walks Into Trump Tower. A Circus Follows.


Bill de Blasio’s news conference felt like a campaign event, as he fought to be heard over hecklers with a “worst mayor ever” sign and the songs of Tony Bennett.

Electronic Marvels Turn Into Dangerous Trash in East Africa


Companies seek solutions to the unintended consequences of rising wealth that allows for more electronics — and the e-waste that inevitably comes next.

Vestager: β€˜We need more commissioners working on environmental issues’

By Dave Keating

Margrethe Vestager, one of the seven lead candidate for the Liberals in next month’s EU elections, views Juncker’s “project teams” as a success and would consider establishing multiple environment commissioners for different areas such as climate change, biodiversity, air pollution or chemicals.

Diesel tax perks should be slashed, says new study

By Sam Morgan

Emission-testing results show that diesel cars can emit more carbon dioxide and are more expensive than their petrol counterparts, according to a new study released on Wednesday (8 May) by the organisation that lifted the lid on the Dieselgate scandal.

In the US, Marijuana growers turn to energy efficiency

By ValΓ©ry LaramΓ©e de Tannenberg

To face the collapse of cannabis prices, American producers are turning to energy efficiency as a way of cutting down costs and remaining competitive. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Is Shutting Down


The Pennsylvania facility, site of a disaster in 1979, has been struggling financially. It will close by the end of September, according to the company that owns it.