European Greenhouse Gas Emissions Top Pre-Pandemic Levels

Fourth EstateEmissions rise from a factory in Europe - File Photo

The European Union’s (EU) greenhouse gas emissions from economic activity rose to levels considerably higher than before the coronavirus pandemic began. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, revealed that greenhouse gas emissions increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared …

Read more

US to Combat Illegal Fishing in the Pacific

The United States will soon announce plans to improve maritime domain awareness to combat illegal fishing in the Pacific. Deputy Assistant to the President and Indo-Pacific Policy Coordinator Kurt Campbell said during a forum at Washington’s Center for Strategic and …

Read more

Wells Fargo Adds Emissions Target Requirements for Oil, Gas Clients

Wells Fargo on Thursday revealed new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through its financing of firms in the oil and gas sector. The bank’s interim targets aim to reduce the absolute emissions of companies it lends to in the …

Read more

EU Citizens May Sue States for Dangerous Dirty Air, Top Court Says

Citizens of the European Union are entitled to sue their governments for financial compensation if air pollution reaches illegal levels and damages their health, an adviser for the bloc’s top court said on Thursday. “Advocate General Juliane Kokott takes the …

Read more

EU Unveils Huge Ban on Dangerous Chemicals Plan

Fourth EstateFirefighter Facing Hazardous Chemical Rack - Pixabay

The European Commission unveiled its plan to prohibit thousands of harmful chemicals used in various consumer products, ammunition, and buildings. As part of the European Green Deal, the commission has extended its Chemical Strategy for Sustainability to restrict certain substances …

Read more

EU Panel Backs Common Charger Law

Fourth EstatePhone Charger - Digby Killick

A law that aims to require a common charging point for mobile phones in Europe took a step toward an assembly vote after a European Union panel backed the proposal. The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee voted …

Read more

Stripe, Alphabet, Meta, Shopify, and McKinsey Start Carbon Removal Initiative

Fourth EstateStripe, Alphabet, Meta, Shopify, and McKinsey, have launched Frontier, an 'advance market commitment' - Fourth Estate

Big tech companies Stripe, Alphabet, Meta, Shopify, and McKinsey, have launched Frontier, an ‘advance market commitment’ to accelerate the development of permanent carbon removal technologies. “With Frontier, we want to send a loud demand signal to entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors …

Read more

Mexican President Slams Environmentalists for Protesting “Maya Train” Tourist Railway

Fourth EstateProposed train line on the Yucatan Peninsula

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador slammed environmentalists for protesting against the construction plan of the “Maya train tourist train line calling them “fake environmentalists.” “They convince or they hire performers, fake environmentalists who supposedly are defending the environment, and …

Read more

Singapore to Launch Incentive Scheme to Encourage Greening of Properties

Singapore will launch a S$63 million ($46 million) incentive scheme that will help owners retrofit their buildings to become more energy-efficient. The Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings 2.0 (GMIS-EB 2.0), to be launched by the Building and Construction …

Read more

Philippines Offers $500M in Green Bonds to European Investors

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is seeking support from European investors through government green bonds worth at least $500 million to raise funds for the country’s clean energy projects. Dominguez said the sale of these debt securities, known as environmental, …

Read more