Environment

Air pollution threatening EU citizens’ health

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Around 90 % of EU citizens living in cities are exposed to one of the most damaging air pollutants at levels that are dangerous to health, according to the annual report on European air...

EU ready for the Warsaw Climate Conference

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The Environment Council announced that the EU has defined a common position for the Warsaw Climate Conference, which is going to take place on 11 – 22 November 2013. Valentinas Mazuronis, the Lithuanian Minister for...

Parliament bans toxic substances in button cells and batteries

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The European Parliament endorsed the ban for toxic substances used in power tool batteries which has already being agreed with EU ministers. From 31 December 2016, the updated “Batteries Directive” will ban the use of...

France upholds fracking ban

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France's constitutional council has upheld a ban on tracking, the controversial method of extracting gas from rock. "It's a legal victory, but also an environmental and political one," France's Energy Minister,  Philippe Martin said at...

New rules to improve disaster preparedness

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The European Court of Auditors (ECA) announced today that new guidelines for audit institutions to improve the state of disaster risk reduction worldwide will be formally endorsed at the next INTOSAI Congress scheduled for...

EU signs Convention to halt mercury pollution

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European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik and Lithuanian Environment Minister Valentinas Mazuronis signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on behalf of the European Union in Kumamoto, Japan. The Convention, that aims to tackle...

MEPs: Stricter rules for shale gas

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Shale gas exploration and extraction should be subject to environmental impact studies, according to the European parliament. On 9 October, the European Parliament voted in favour of the new Environmental Impact Assessment Directive by 332...

Parliament approves recreational boats directive

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European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani has welcomed the approval of the European Parliament of the recreational boats directive. The directive is expected to reduce the boat’s annual emissions of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons...

EU welcomes aviation emissions deal

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The UN body in charge of civil aviation reached a global aviation emissions deal to curb carbon emission from airlines by 2020. On 4 October, the European Commission welcomed the decision by the UN Assembly...

Climate change negligence continues to hurt smaller nations

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Global climate negotiations cannot be allowed to drag-on, or else countries in the developing world face drastic consequences, one expert has warned. Dr Mohammed Asaduzzaman, who, for the past decade has been a member of...

BiH agrees to democratise electoral law

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BiH reached an agreement with the EU to take forward the implementation of the Sejdić-Finci ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). On 1 October, representatives of the European Commission, and institutional and political...

EU to contribute €47m for forest protection to Honduras

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The European Union will today sign a €47m agreement with Honduras in order to help protect forests in the country. The project, known as Eurofor, will cost €49.1 m in total, and will help...

EU, Indonesia agree to curb illegal timber

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EU, Indonesia signed a historic deal to address the issue of trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the European Internal Market. European Commissioner...

Human activity responsible for climate volatility – report

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Climate change is happening at an unprecedented rate of change, according to the Fifth Assessment Working Group 1 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPPC's latest report, published in Stockholm on...

Commission moves against Italy on ILVA

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The European Commission said on Thursday that it is taking action against Italy to reduce the environmental impact of the ILVA steel plant in Taranto. Following a number of complaints from citizens and NGOs, the...

Aviation emissions solution within reach

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Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas that a solution to the problem of aviation emissions issue is now within reach and that the the industry should develop a measure by 2016.  "we all know that the public...

City planners to study sustainable solutions in Copenhagen

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City planning specialists from all across the EU are scheduled to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark on 19 and 20 September in order to study sustainable solutions, in the context of the A world you...

Commission announces new forest strategy in the EU

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The European Commission (EC) announced today a new forest strategy for the European Union. According to the Commission, the EU only holds 5 per cent of the world’s forests but the areas covered by...

Potočnik: We need to change the way we consume and behave

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European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik stressed that all of us need to change the way we behave and consume to protect our natural resources and avoid the upcoming environmental crisis. Potočnik was rewarded for...

No tangible results from EU support to the economic value of the forests

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The European Court of Auditors (ECA) said that EU’s financial support to improve the economic value of the forests didn’t produce any tangible results. According to the ECA report published on 19 September, the EU...

Launch of the European Mobility Week

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The 12th edition of European Mobility Week has been launched today aiming to raise awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourage citizens to improve their health and wellbeing by...

Commissioner Potočnik welcomes vote on the Access and Benefit Sharing Regulation

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Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik has welcomed the outcome of the European Parliament's vote on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their utilization (ABS). As he said in a...

EU meeting on forestry issues

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EU directors of forests and chiefs of Member States’ forestry institutions met today at the "Merchants’ House" in Vilnius, Lithuania in order to discuss forestry issues. As the Vice-Minister of Environment Linas Jonauskas stated: ‘Forests...

FAO unveils the unknown face of food waste

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Food waste is a problem we all encounter and contribute to on a daily basis. It refers to the food being thrown away as a result of certain consumption practices and bad habits on...

EU reliance on biofuel likely to increase dramatically

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European reliance on biofuels is set to increase in the future, putting the global environment at risk, campaigners are saying. According to Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), new figures show that palm oil now...

EU to take action against alien species

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The European Commission has today proposed new legislation to cope with the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. Alien species are plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that have been transported across ecological barriers such...

EU Climate Commissioner urges for action on the UN climate change deal

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The international community needs to take immediate action in order to achieve positive results as far as the 2015 UN climate change talks on cutting emissions are concerned, according to EU climate commissioner Connie...

Increase in water crises expected for Europe

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released two new reports that relate to water security and water and climate change. The publications coincide with the annually held by the Stockholm International Water...

New EU biocidal rules to save industry €2.7bn

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A new Regulation on biocidal products applying from 1st September will significantly increase the safety and simplify the authorisation procedure of biocides used and placed on the market in the EU the European Commission...

European forests heading towards a carbon saturation point

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European forests are gradually absorbing less and less CO2, heading to a saturation point, according to a new study. As scientists indicated in the Nature Climate Change, this is a result of a declining...

Commission: Urban wastewater figures are encouraging

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The European Commission announced that urban wastewater trends are moving in the right direction but big differences remain between the EU Member States. European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik commented on the urban wastewater figures....

Guide to counter the impact of climate change on the marine biodiversity

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a new publication providing a clear and synthetic summary of the main effects of climate change observed to date on Mediterranean marine biodiversity. The...

Potočnik welcomes first agreement on Priority Substances in Water

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The European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik welcomed the first reading agreement on the new Directive on Priority Substances in Water. Potočnik commented, “I welcome this agreement, which will deliver a much-needed update to the...

EIB launches largest Climate Awareness Bond

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The European Investment Bank announced the launch of the largest Climate Awareness Bond ever. The climate awareness bond will equal to €650 million and it was issued on 12 July. The maturnity date of the...

EU proposal for the creation of Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

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The EU is planning to put forward a proposal for the creation of a system of marine protected areas in Antarctica, entitled the East Antarctic Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, at a special...

Consultation on the environmental impacts of buildings

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The European Commission is launching a consultation in order to gather views on how to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. The aim is to identify ways to improve construction techniques with a view...

Commission launches phosphorus recycling consultation

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The European Commission has launched a phosphorus recycling consultation, to find plausible ways to use the resource in a more efficient manner. European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik commented. “We are currently wasting this precious resource...