Green politics and policy

Environmental issues really matter to people — that is the message from the European Parliament elections and beyond. So as these concerns become mainstream, how are governments reshaping policy? Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

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No leader in the developing world can pursue policies that threaten growth

Parties built around the structure of last century are losing their relevance

Pressure increases on European institutions to take a global lead

Pumped hydro can generate electricity to offset irregular wind and solar power. But critics worry it is too expensive

Leaders must come to the UN summit in September armed with solutions as well as speeches

New rules aim to reduce sulphur emissions from one of the world’s most polluting sectors but higher fuel prices are likely

Letter from Chris Botsford and Iain Henderson, Hong Kong

Letter from Paul Meins, London, UK