Air Pollution

Electric cars 21-03-2017

Norway spearheads Europe’s electric vehicle surge

European electromobility is beginning to take off. The targets set by the Paris climate deal depend on it. The EU’s Nordic neighbour, Norway, is showing the rest of Europe the way forward. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Transport 08-03-2017

Air pollution forces Barcelona to ban old cars from roads

Barcelona will ban cars that are older than 20 years from the roads during the week to cut traffic emissions by 30% over 15 years. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

EU ministers likely to oppose EU carbon market regulation of shipping

European Union member states are likely to oppose the regulation of shipping in draft reforms to the bloc’s carbon market.

Climate change 15-02-2017

Five countries face fines after breaking EU pollution laws

The European Commission threatened legal action against France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK after they failed to protect their citizens’ health against dangerous levels of air pollution.

Climate change 14-02-2017

Cargo companies call for shipping to be regulated by EU’s emissions trading market

European cargo companies have backed plans to regulate shipping under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world’s largest carbon market and one of the bloc’s flagship policies to fight climate change.

Climate change 13-02-2017

EU auditors join fight against deadly air pollution

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will investigate the fight against air pollution, which kills half a million European citizens every year, the court announced on Friday (10 February).

Climate change 10-02-2017

Smog-plagued Poland tries to escape tag as ‘Europe’s China’

Poland’s government has finally promised action after air pollution provoked the ire of the general public. However, Marek Józefiak wonders if Warsaw will dare to take action that will affect their coal-centred vision of economy.

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Transport 07-02-2017

A once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix Dieselgate

To restore consumer trust, the European Parliament must agree an overhaul of EU rules for approving and checking a vehicle’s performance. It is now or never, writes Monique Goyens.

23 EU countries are breaking European air quality laws

European air quality laws are being flouted in more than 130 cities across 23 of the 28 EU member states, the European Commission said yesterday (6 February).

Climate change 06-02-2017

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member's addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Climate change 01-02-2017

France unveils packed 2017 environmental research programme

The French environmental safety agency this week unveiled its packed 2017 agenda, including investigations into the health effects of pesticides and wind turbines, the effectiveness of anti-pollution masks and alternatives to neonicotinoids. Euractiv’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Climate change 13-01-2017

From green bonds to solar roads: France’s low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Climate change 23-11-2016

The EU finally has new air pollution rules – now, let’s enforce them

EU governments have been too weak on air pollution. Brussels must step in to ensure member states protect their citizens, writes Louise Duprez.

Transport 04-11-2016

VW says ‘defeat device’ in conformity with European law

Volkswagen said the software allowing its diesel vehicles to evade emissions rules does not violate European law, as the carmaker aims to toughen its legal defenses in view of a possible rise in compensation claims in its home region.

Climate change 03-11-2016

Merkel rebuffs German minister’s call to step into climate dispute

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (2 November) rejected a call from her environment minister to intervene in a dispute over how to curb CO2 emissions that has prompted her cabinet to delay approving a climate action plan.

Climate change 03-11-2016

Germany’s image as environmental trailblazer tarnished by court cases

Germany likes to see itself as a pioneer when dealing with environmental issues, but when it comes to implementing European standards, Berlin is hardly a poster child. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 02-11-2016

UK government loses air pollution court case

Environmental campaigners in the United Kingdom won a High Court legal battle today (2 November) over the government's failure to tackle air pollution and meet European standards.

Transport 26-10-2016

UN will force shipping to clean up its act

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is pondering measures to cut shipping pollution and bring emissions into line with the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Transport 25-10-2016

Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws

New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states. Our partner The Guardian reports.

French expert: ‘Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring’

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement.

Health 07-09-2016

Air pollutants strongly linked to Alzheimer’s

The chronic neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's could be caused by particulate matter produced by exhaust fumes, power plants and agriculture, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 12-07-2016

Delivering the promise of air quality

This week London new Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his plans to tackle air pollution in the city. Autogas can bring the fast, cost-effective changes that cities like London so desperately need, writes  Cécile Nourigat.

Health 08-07-2016

Tackle air quality for the climate and public health

The links between climate change and public health are staggering. By implementing clean air policies, governments can save lives and cut health costs while mitigating climate change, writes Génon Jensen.

Climate change 07-07-2016

Parliament cuts deal to halve deaths from air pollution

The European Council and Parliament agreed on 30 June to revise the National Emission Ceilings Directive, aiming to halve deaths related to air pollution by 2030. Journal de l'Environnement reports.