UK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather

The UK faces food shortages and price rises as extreme weather linked to climate breakdown causes low yields on farms locally and abroad. Record rainfall has meant farmers in…Continue readingUK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather

Climate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

Climate activists in four countries are blocking access to North Sea oil infrastructure as part of a coordinated pan-European civil disobedience protest. Blockades have been taking place at oil…Continue readingClimate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

German greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by one-tenth last year as renewable energy grew in importance, the use of coal and gas diminished and economic pressures weighed on businesses and…Continue readingGerman greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

Moving away from fossil fuels is easier said than done

The Norwegian energy firm Equinor might be better known for its oil and gas holdings but, as of August, it now operates the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm,…Continue readingMoving away from fossil fuels is easier said than done

The problem with Europe’s ageing wind farms

Wind project costs in Europe have risen by 30-35% since before the pandemic, according to one senior banker who works in renewables. The profitability of new projects in Spain,…Continue readingThe problem with Europe’s ageing wind farms

Lack of rain leaves Italy gasping

A blanket of smog covers Milan, empty reservoirs bake in Sicily and wine production is down in Piedmont as a lack of rain across Italy exacerbates pollution and sparks…Continue readingLack of rain leaves Italy gasping

Once melting glaciers shut down the Gulf Stream, we will see extreme climate change within decades

Ocean currents are driven by winds, tides and water density differences. In the Atlantic Ocean circulation, the relatively warm and salty surface water near the equator flows toward Greenland.…Continue readingOnce melting glaciers shut down the Gulf Stream, we will see extreme climate change within decades

What will Spain look like when it runs out of water? Barcelona is giving us a glimpse

The European Drought Observatory’s map of current droughts in Europe shows the entire Spanish Mediterranean coast in bad shape, with red areas indicating an alert similar to those in…Continue readingWhat will Spain look like when it runs out of water? Barcelona is giving us a glimpse

Atlantic Ocean circulation nearing ‘devastating’ tipping point

AMOC, which encompasses part of the Gulf Stream and other powerful currents, is a marine conveyer belt that carries heat, carbon and nutrients from the tropics towards the Arctic…Continue readingAtlantic Ocean circulation nearing ‘devastating’ tipping point

UN confirms Europe hit record high temperature in 2021

The World Meteorological Organisation confirmed on Tuesday that continental Europe recorded in 2021 its highest ever temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit), and warned that new extremes were…Continue readingUN confirms Europe hit record high temperature in 2021

Hinkley Point C delay deals blow to UK energy strategy

“We have the expertise, the supply chains and the teams ready to build Hinkley Point C safely, on time and on budget,” Vincent de Rivaz, then chief executive of…Continue readingHinkley Point C delay deals blow to UK energy strategy

A large percentage of European plastic sent to Vietnam ends up in nature

Despite strict EU regulations on plastic recycling, there is little oversight on plastic waste shipped from the EU to Vietnam. About half of Europe’s plastic waste is exported to…Continue readingA large percentage of European plastic sent to Vietnam ends up in nature

Norway awards 62 production licenses in APA 2023 licensing round

Norway’s annual exploration round, which is known as APA, focuses on the most mature regions of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The Norwegian Ministry of Energy has awarded ownership…Continue readingNorway awards 62 production licenses in APA 2023 licensing round

Global heating pushes mountain goats into more nocturnal lifestyle

A team of researchers at the University of Sassari, in Sardinia, used GPS collars equipped with motion sensors to track the activity of the Alpine ibex, a species of…Continue readingGlobal heating pushes mountain goats into more nocturnal lifestyle

Norway’s parliament backs deep-sea mining plans

Norway has secured a parliamentary majority for its plans to open up for deep-sea mining despite opposition from environmentalists and the fishing industry, who warn the move risks further…Continue readingNorway’s parliament backs deep-sea mining plans

‘End of century’ extreme heat and drought conditions in Europe could occur much earlier than previously thought

Simultaneous episodes of extreme heat and drought could occur earlier and repeatedly in Europe, reports a study published in Communications Earth & Environment. Laura Suarez-Gutierrez and colleagues investigated how…Continue reading‘End of century’ extreme heat and drought conditions in Europe could occur much earlier than previously thought

Winter isn’t coming: climate change hits Greek olive crop

Spain, the world’s biggest producer of olive oil, suffered a very difficult year in 2022 and drought this year has compounded the problem. In Italy, this year’s olive harvest…Continue readingWinter isn’t coming: climate change hits Greek olive crop

Air pollution behind over 250,000 deaths in Europe in 2021: agency

Fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, is a term for fine particulates that are typically the by-product of car exhausts or coal-fired power plants. Their tiny size enables them to…Continue readingAir pollution behind over 250,000 deaths in Europe in 2021: agency

German top court strikes down €60bn climate funding

Germany’s top court has ruled the government broke the law with a €60bn off-budget fund, throwing Berlin’s plans for financing its energy transition and climate policy into disarray. The…Continue readingGerman top court strikes down €60bn climate funding

Extreme drought in northern Italy mirrors climate in Ethiopia

Extreme drought in northern Italy has doubled over the past two decades, creating a climate that increasingly mirrors that of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The southern Shabelle…Continue readingExtreme drought in northern Italy mirrors climate in Ethiopia

EnBW awards orders to GE Vernova for two CHP power stations in Germany

EnBW has awarded two orders to GE Vernova for the supply of H-class natural gas-fired combined cycle power generation equipment for two combined heat and power (CHP) power stations…Continue readingEnBW awards orders to GE Vernova for two CHP power stations in Germany

Desolation in Greece’s Dadia park after Europe’s biggest fire

Unprecedented in Greece in its intensity, the Dadia fire has been classed by the European Commission as the largest ever recorded in the EU. Burning for three weeks, the…Continue readingDesolation in Greece’s Dadia park after Europe’s biggest fire

Here are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Heat waves have always been part of summer, but the familiar short periods of oppressive conditions have grown into weeks to months of sweltering heat. Research has shown that…Continue readingHere are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Siemens Energy seeks government guarantees as wind crisis deepens

Siemens Energy is in talks with the German government to secure billions of euros of guarantees for long-term projects after warning that losses at its troubled wind turbine business…Continue readingSiemens Energy seeks government guarantees as wind crisis deepens

QatarEnergy, ENI sign 27-year LNG supply agreement for up to 1MTPA to Italy

Affiliates of QatarEnergy and Eni signed a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the supply of up to one million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG from…Continue readingQatarEnergy, ENI sign 27-year LNG supply agreement for up to 1MTPA to Italy

EU abandons promise to ban toxic chemicals in consumer products

The EU has abandoned a promise to ban all but the most vital of toxic chemicals used in everyday consumer products, leaked documents show. Other legislation to be dropped…Continue readingEU abandons promise to ban toxic chemicals in consumer products

QatarEnergy, Shell sign 27-year LNG supply agreements for up to 3.5mtpa to the Netherlands

Commenting on this occasion, His Excellency Minister Al-Kaabi said: “We are delighted to sign these two long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements with Shell that will further enhance our…Continue readingQatarEnergy, Shell sign 27-year LNG supply agreements for up to 3.5mtpa to the Netherlands

Netherlands halts extraction from Europe’s biggest gas field

The Netherlands halted extraction from Europe’s biggest gas field on Sunday, which was resulting in earthquakes that have shaken local residents for decades and threaten to persist. Authorities are…Continue readingNetherlands halts extraction from Europe’s biggest gas field

Medicanes: rare, ‘supercharging’ Mediterranean storms

The flash flood that has killed thousands of people in Libya this week followed a “medicane”, a rare but destructive weather phenomenon that scientists believe will intensify in a…Continue readingMedicanes: rare, ‘supercharging’ Mediterranean storms

Faster disaster: Climate change fuels ‘flash droughts’, intense downpours and storms

After the northern summer of extreme heat and disastrous fires, we’ve seen more exceptional autumn weather over Europe with record-breaking heat in the UK. Meanwhile, record-breaking rain and intense…Continue readingFaster disaster: Climate change fuels ‘flash droughts’, intense downpours and storms

Sami activist protests in front of Norwegian parliament over wind turbines

An Indigenous Sami activist has set up camp outside the Norwegian parliament to protest against wind turbines built on land traditionally used by Sami reindeer herders. In October 2021,…Continue readingSami activist protests in front of Norwegian parliament over wind turbines

Mediterranean’s devastating Storm Daniel may be harbinger of storms to come

Storm Daniel, which wrought devastation across the Mediterranean in the past week, killed 15 people in central Greece where it dumped more rain than previously recorded before sweeping across…Continue readingMediterranean’s devastating Storm Daniel may be harbinger of storms to come

After slew of disasters, Greeks wonder what is happening to their democracy

Floods, wildfires and a deadly train collision this year have raised questions about the competence of state authorities and central government.Continue readingAfter slew of disasters, Greeks wonder what is happening to their democracy

Greece’s record rainfall and flash floods: Across the Mediterranean, the weather is becoming more dangerous

Flash floods were triggered by rainfall from the arrival of Storm Daniel on Monday September 4 which also affected Turkey and Bulgaria. The following day, in the village of…Continue readingGreece’s record rainfall and flash floods: Across the Mediterranean, the weather is becoming more dangerous

Roads turned into rivers as torrential rains lash Spain

At least three people have died and two are missing in Spain after heavy rains triggered flash floods and impacted transportation systems. The weekend storm affected almost the whole…Continue readingRoads turned into rivers as torrential rains lash Spain

Greek summer wildfires will burn over 150,000 hectares

Devastating wildfires in Greece will ravage more than 150,000 hectares (370,600 acres) by the end of the summer, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis estimated Thursday, blaming the climate crisis for…Continue readingGreek summer wildfires will burn over 150,000 hectares

Equinor begins production from Statfjord Øst expansion project in North Sea

The intent of the project is to boost production by 26 million barrels of oil equivalents from the satellite field of the Statfjord oil and gas field. The oil…Continue readingEquinor begins production from Statfjord Øst expansion project in North Sea

Tenerife: thousands more flee their homes as ‘out of ‘control’ wildfires rage

The regional government for the Canary Islands said that 4,000 more people were ordered to evacuate on Saturday. Those were in addition to the 4,500 people who on Friday…Continue readingTenerife: thousands more flee their homes as ‘out of ‘control’ wildfires rage

Atlantic collapse: Q&A with scientists behind controversial study predicting a colder Europe

In late July, a study published in Nature Communications warned that a critical ocean system that brings warm water up the North Atlantic, also known as the Atlantic Meridional…Continue readingAtlantic collapse: Q&A with scientists behind controversial study predicting a colder Europe

Spanish city shatters heat record

Spain’s eastern city of Valencia set a new temperature record on Thursday as the country baked under its third heat wave of the summer. The mercury soared to 46.8˚C…Continue readingSpanish city shatters heat record

Equinor gets Norway’s approval for $1.3bn Snøhvit Future project

Subject to certain conditions, the approval secures the future operation of Snøhvit natural gas field in the Norwegian Sea and the Hammerfest LNG plant located on the island of…Continue readingEquinor gets Norway’s approval for $1.3bn Snøhvit Future project

Siemens Energy warns of €4.5bn loss from ailing wind turbine division

Siemens Energy expects to rack up a €4.5bn loss this year as the German group struggles to fix its ailing wind turbine business. The Dax-listed group warned investors on…Continue readingSiemens Energy warns of €4.5bn loss from ailing wind turbine division

Portugal, Spain battle wildfires amid heat wave alerts

Hundreds of firefighters were on Tuesday battling a wildfire that has burned for four days in Portugal, which, like neighboring Spain, is sweltering in a heat wave that has…Continue readingPortugal, Spain battle wildfires amid heat wave alerts

Slovenia asks for support from EU and Nato after devastating floods

Slovenia on Sunday called for help from the EU and Nato alliance to deal with the aftermath of flooding that killed at least three people and caused damage estimated…Continue readingSlovenia asks for support from EU and Nato after devastating floods

Climatologist warns of Italy’s vulnerability to climate crisis

The collapse of a glacier in the Dolomites and a landslide on the island of Ischia. Devastating floods, wildfires and record-breaking heatwaves. The worst drought of the Po, Italy’s…Continue readingClimatologist warns of Italy’s vulnerability to climate crisis

Spain worries over ‘lifeless land’ amid creeping desertification

Ongoing droughts and an over-exploitation of land for both agriculture and industry have stoked fears in Spain over the creeping spread of “sterile soil” which could devastate Europe’s kitchen…Continue readingSpain worries over ‘lifeless land’ amid creeping desertification

‘Shameful loss’: wolves declared extinct in Andalucía

For centuries, wolves have roamed the mountain ranges of Andalucía in southern Spain, but after years of decline the creature has been officially declared extinct in the region. “This…Continue reading‘Shameful loss’: wolves declared extinct in Andalucía

Mediterranean on fire as blazes spread across nine countries

Algeria: At least 34 people were killed, where 8,000 firefighters battled blazes across the tinder-dry north. Fires burned in a total of 15 provinces, leading to the evacuation of…Continue readingMediterranean on fire as blazes spread across nine countries

From scorching heat to deadly storms, Europe has no rest from ‘summer of hell’

Temperatures have consistently topped 40 degrees Celsius this week across southern and eastern European countries, and for some areas like Sicily there remains no respite. The Italian island was…Continue readingFrom scorching heat to deadly storms, Europe has no rest from ‘summer of hell’

France badly hit by climate change and ill-prepared

France is being badly hit by climate change, is not prepared for its effects and is failing to sufficiently reduce its emissions, an independent climate body warned. The record…Continue readingFrance badly hit by climate change and ill-prepared

Norway approves fossil fuel projects

Norway’s government gave the green light to 19 oil and gas projects worth more than 200 billion kroner ($18.6 billion). The 19 projects involve the opening of new fields,…Continue readingNorway approves fossil fuel projects

Norway seeks to open vast ocean area to deep-sea mining

Norway’s government is readying plans to open an area of ocean nearly the size of Germany to deep-sea mining as it seeks to become the first country to extract…Continue readingNorway seeks to open vast ocean area to deep-sea mining

TotalEnergies renews offshore Nigerian block OML130 for 20 years

French oil and gas major TotalEnergies has announced a 20-year renewal of the production license of the offshore Nigerian block OML130 in the Gulf of Guinea. In December 2018,…Continue readingTotalEnergies renews offshore Nigerian block OML130 for 20 years

Three of Europe’s biggest insurers quit industry net-zero initiative

Three of Europe’s biggest insurers have quit the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance as growing US political pressure and legal fears plunge the climate initiative into crisis.Continue readingThree of Europe’s biggest insurers quit industry net-zero initiative

Neptune Energy and partners begin production from Fenja oil and gas field

Oil from the Fenja field is transported through a 36km long electrically trace-heated (ETH) pipe-in-pipe solution to the Njord A platform for processing and subsequently for transport.Continue readingNeptune Energy and partners begin production from Fenja oil and gas field

Equinor begins production from Bauge oil and gas field in Norwegian Sea

Equinor Energy and its partners have started production from the Bauge oil and gas field in the southern Norwegian Sea, which has been developed with an investment of NOK4.6bn…Continue readingEquinor begins production from Bauge oil and gas field in Norwegian Sea

Look up, listen, and be very concerned. Birds are vanishing – and their crisis is our crisis

The UK has lost 40m birds since 1970 and Europe as a whole has lost 600m birds since 1980. The British figures, especially for farmland species such as skylark…Continue readingLook up, listen, and be very concerned. Birds are vanishing – and their crisis is our crisis

Parkmead starts production from new Dutch gas discovery

The LDS-01 structure was successfully drilled around the end of 2022. The well has been tied into the neighbouring commercial gas production infrastructure in just a few weeks, demonstrating…Continue readingParkmead starts production from new Dutch gas discovery

Nato and EU chiefs mount show of strength at North Sea gas platform

Continue readingNato and EU chiefs mount show of strength at North Sea gas platform

Alarming levels of PFAS in Norwegian Arctic ice pose new risk to wildlife

Oxford University-led study detects 26 types of PFAS compounds in ice around Svalbard, threatening downstream ecosystems.Continue readingAlarming levels of PFAS in Norwegian Arctic ice pose new risk to wildlife