The EU has agreed on a reform of emissions trading, the key climate protection instrument. A week after the corruption scandal in the European Parliament, Qatar has issued a statement warning of possible negative repercussions for relations with the EU. At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference, Brussels joined forces to significantly increase funding to counteract biodiversity loss.
Social media posts claim record snow cover in the northern hemisphere in November 2022 is evidence against climate change. This is false; experts say a single month’s measurement does not disprove the overall global warming trend, and data show snow extent varies and that cover has decreased.
At the EU summit, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer asked to “break the taboo on fences,” the suspected MEP Eva Kailli claims innocence in the corruption scandal that rocks Brussels, the EU agrees on a visa-free regime for Kosovo and the 27 EU Member States fail to agree on a price cap for imported gas.
Almost seven years after submitting a formal application for EU membership, Bosnia and Herzegovina finally received the unanimous support of 27 EU heads of state and government to join the bloc. But now the Western Balkan country of 3.3 million people must deliver reforms.
After Oxfordshire County Council in southeast England approved a £6.5 million ($7.93 million) trial to reduce traffic congestion, false posts wrongly suggested that councillors had approved a “climate lockdown” for 2024. The council’s spokesperson said that residents would be free to move around the city and no lockdown had been ordered. A campaigner who backed the trial told AFP the scheme aims to help to reduce congestion, while an Oxfordshire councillor who opposed the trial said the social media posts were “untrue”.