How von der Leyen fared during first year as EU Commission chief

Ursula von der Leyen was never the candidate whom European Union lawmakers had envisioned for the bloc's top job. Members of the European Parliament representing Germany's Christian Democrats ...

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to...

Bulgarian leader backs Western Balkans nations joining EU

SOFIA, Hungary (AP) — Addressing an EU enlargement summit Tuesday, Bulgaria's leader pledged his support for the Western Balkan countries on the path of being integrated into the European Union. ...

Opinion: EU fails to introduce real agricultural reform

Better late than never. The EU has finally understood that agriculture and the environment are two sides of the same coin. The bloc has agreed to ensure that in future the common agricultural policy (...

Climate marchers demand action in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A coalition of non-profits, youth, and concerned citizens braved the deluge in Taipei Sunday afternoon (Sept. 27) to march for climate action. The demonstration, which ...

Taiwan urged to take climate action to avoid industry woes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of legislators called on the Taiwanese government on Thursday (Sept. 24) to set forth a clear strategy to address challenges brought about by climate change. Fi...

Taipei releases 2020 SDG Voluntary Local Review

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At the 2020 Taipei Climate Action International Forum on Tuesday (Sept. 15), the Taipei City Government published a report on its accomplishments in promoting sustainable ...

EU presents new strategy on 'critical raw materials'

The European Commission on Thursday announced plans to diversify its access to rare earth materials used in producing "strategic technologies" and consumer goods like smart phones, electric ...

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid to take on Collins

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponen...

EU bets on clean hydrogen to decarbonize and boost economy

The executive branch of the European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to boost the production of clean hydrogen as part of its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 amid criticism from environmenta...

EU lagging behind on climate, gender equality goals

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's statistical office says the 27-nation bloc is lagging behind its goals in the fight against climate change and to promote gender equality. In a r...

EU pledges to stay green in recovery from coronavirus

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission pledged Thursday to stay away from fossil-fueled projects in its coronavirus recovery strategy, and to stick to its target of making Europe the first climate ne...

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce t...

Spain drafts law eyeing climate neutrality by mid-century

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is submitting for parliamentary approval a draft bill that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, in line with the Paris Accord on cli...

Asia Today: Beijing reopening parks in easing of virus rules

BANGKOK (AP) — Beijing will open public parks to visitors over the five-day May 1 holiday but at 30% capacity as coronavirus cases subside in the country where the pandemic began. L...