Costa Rica Is One of the World’s Happiest Countries – Here’s What It Does...

Costa Rica is getting something right. The Central American country of stunning beaches, rainforests, and biodiversity, is also known for its stable democracy and educated population. Its president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, said at Davos 2019: “Seventy years ago, Costa Rica did away with the army. This allows for many things. …

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels ‘to Soar Through 2019’

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are forecast to soar through 2019. That’s according to the Met Office. which expects the continued burning of fossil fuels, the destruction of forests and a return towards El Niño-like conditions to lead to an average rise in carbon dioxide concentrations of 2.75 …

Germany Agrees to End Reliance on Coal Stations by 2038

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets. The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil …

The Smoke Clears from Household Fuels with New Clean Air Strategy

The government has announced only the cleanest wood-burning stoves will be available for sale from 2022. Polluting household fuels could be banned under the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy for 2019, published today. Ministers have claimed new plans to reduce air pollution go beyond existing EU rules and pledged to improve air …

600+ Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

On Thursday more than 600 environmental groups called on the U.S. House of Representatives to pursue ambitious climate legislation that matches the scale and urgency of the climate crisis. The groups’ letter calls for a thoughtful phaseout of fossil fuel production, a transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, complete decarbonization of the transportation …

The EU Banned Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters. This …

Global Coal Generation ‘Plunging into Death Spiral’

Global coal generation is plunging into a ‘death spiral’. That’s the verdict from environmental think-tank Carbon Tracker, which has published a new report suggesting 42% of the world’s operating coal fleets are already unprofitable due to high fuel costs. It expects a combination of renewable energy costs, air pollution regulation …