European Green Deal to press ahead despite Polish targets opt-out | Environment

European Union leaders have vowed to press on with a major economic plan to confront the climate emergency, despite Poland’s opt-out from a net-zero emissions target by 2050. The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, told journalists he had secured an exemption for Poland on the 2050 target, which is meant to become the legally binding […]

NSW fires: wind change fans bushfires as Sydney smoke causes hazardous air quality – live | Australia news

5.58am GMT05:58 Potential respite coming tomorrow for Sydney – but not every part of the state. Graham Creed (@WeathermanABC) Sydney Air Quality for Wednesday 11 Dec 2019 is forecast to be FAIR. Worth noting that whilst Sydney has recorded 9 days with air quality above 200 (hazardous), Port Macquarie has recorded 38 and multiple days […]

NSW and Qld fires: Sydney ringed by bushfires with two states on alert – live | Australia news

There are six fires at watch and act level in NSW this morning, four of them very close together, inland from the Central Coast. The Gospers Mountain fire has burned through more 250,700 hectares of the the Wollemi, Yengo and Dharug National Parks, and Parr State Recreation areas, and there are fears it could join […]

EU negotiators ready to agree on EU taxonomy for sustainable finance

After long negotiations in the European Parliament, EU officials expect on Thursday the finalisation of the “EU taxonomy for sustainable finance” regulation that will provide a common set of standards determining whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable. In an effort to become the first supranational regulator to provide a regulatory framework for banks and funds to […]