European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg,  and commission vice-president Frans Timmermans in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The European Commission proposed legislation to require the European Union to become carbon neutral by 2050 on Wednesday, in a plan slammed by climate(...)

Smog shrouds Agbar tower in Barcelona.  Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas (...)

Greenpeace: ‘We are heading towards climate breakdown . . . the Irish Government still have their heads firmly in the sand.’ File photograph: Getty

Eight EU countries, but not Ireland, are to push for increased commitments on climate action at the “future of Europe” summit in Romania on Thursday. (...)