2014-1

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A new EU clean air strategy up to 2030

At the very end of the EU’s “Year of Air” the European Commission finally presented its long-awaited new clean air policy package, including a proposal for member states to further cut their national air pollutant emissions up to 2030.
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Editorial: Need for ambitious and explicit targets

In its White Paper on climate and energy, presented on 22 January, the EU Commission declares that it wants to see cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels (see page 22). At the same time it proposes scrapping national targets ..
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Banking on coal – undermining our climate

A new study reveals the top twenty international banks that are financing the coal mining industry and the hot spots of global coal production.
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EEA report on black carbon

Black carbon is an air pollutant that harms human health and can contribute to climate change, so cutting emissions may have many benefits. The new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, “Status of black carbon monitoring in ambient air in Europe” ..  
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Activists worldwide say ‘No’ to coal

In December, the Sierra Club released its annual “Move Beyond Coal” report, highlighting communities and activists around the world that are organising to defeat power plants and mines that pollute air and water and cause harm to the health and safety of the environment.
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Ships should use advanced emissions monitoring

Advanced emissions monitoring of large ships calling at EU ports could help save owners and operators of large ships up to €9 million per year.
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Emission controls for medium combustion plants

EU-wide application of the most stringent standards now used in member states would reduce NOx emissions from these plants by nearly 80 per cent by 2025, but the new directive will deliver less than half of this reduction.  
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Hamburg commits to fossil fuel beyond 2050

The city of Hamburg’s climate ambitions are overshadowed by a new Vattenfall coal power plant, which will emit 8.7 million tons of CO2 annually when it comes into operation.
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Polish power plant pollution puts health of citizens at risk

A recent decision by the EU Commission to grant Polish power plants more time to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants has upset health groups. The Polish government had requested a three-year time extension under a so-called Transitional National Plan (TNP), which was given the go-ahead by the EU this week.
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Cutting emissions from heaters and wood-fired stoves

From 2015, new residential wood-fired stoves and heaters in the US should be less polluting and more efficient.
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