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26/07/2016

‘An issue of life and death’: Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

Climate & Environment


Spain wants Horizon 2020 funds to clean up pesticide mess

The Spanish region of Aragón is set to request European funding from the Horizon 2020 programme to combat environmental pollution caused by a now-banned pesticide. EurActiv Spain reports.
Transport 22-07-2016

Commission management of biofuels given short shrift

The European Court of Auditors has come down heavily on the Juncker Commissions’s handling of sustainable biofuels, shortly after the executive published its low-emission mobility strategy.
Development Policy 21-07-2016

FAO: Deforestation 'not necessary' to guarantee food security

Expanding agricultural land, a major cause of deforestation, is not the best way to ensure food security, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 20-07-2016

Richest countries take lion's share of emissions cuts under EU plan

The EU on Wednesday (20 July) unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, placing the burden on richer northern countries including exit-bound Britain to help meet the bloc's UN goal.
Transport 20-07-2016

EU unveils national CO2 emission targets

“These targets are realistic, fair and flexible,” EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said on Wednesday after the EU unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030.

Clearing up the confusion around marine plastics

Contrary to popular myths, most plastic pollution at sea occurs on the seabed and on beaches, not on the surface. If we want to secure the health of our oceans, we need to start looking at preventing marine plastic litter at source, writes Chris Sherrington.
Agriculture & Food 20-07-2016

Time for a balanced debate on biofuels

Public policy should be based on verifiable facts, rational analysis and, where possible, on solid science, writes Dick Roche.

Paris set to miss COP21 commitments

The French capital cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 9.2% between 2004 and 2014. But this is not enough to reach its 25% target by 2020. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 20-07-2016

Commission could consider pan-EU regulator to prevent another Dieselgate

The European Commission would consider creating a pan-EU regulator to prevent a repeat of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, if strengthened testing rules set to be unveiled later today (20 July) prove inadequate.

Member states offered EU climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU member states will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under EU legislation set to be put forward on Wednesday (20 July).
Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Gebrselassie calls for more help for El Niño-hit Africa

Haile Gebrselassie, the world’s greatest-ever long-distance runner, has warned that the world is in danger of “forgetting a huge emergency” in Ethiopia and other African states struggling to respond to shortages after the most extreme El Nino in half a century.


Energy 18-07-2016

There's silver lining in Brexit for the EU's climate and energy plans

A lot of good can come out of the Brexit vote if the European Commission makes it 100% clear that continued action on climate change and energy savings are crucial issues which transcend politics and pro or anti-EU sentiment, writes Brook Riley.
Energy 18-07-2016

Multi-billion EU carbon market fraud operated from Poland

The founder of Poland's biggest carbon quota brokerage firm, whose name appeared in connection with the Panama Papers, has been found guilty of VAT fraud and sentenced to jail in France. Warsaw denies wrongdoing, calling the multi-billion fraud an "unfortunate incident". EurActiv France reports.

EU's new air quality guidelines accused of being 'patchy'

The EU intends to continue its efforts to reduce air pollution, but its new guidelines have been criticised for being too patchy. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 13-07-2016

Brexit threatens global oil demand, warns IEA

Europe has been the “saving grace” of global oil demand, which is expected to be higher than forecast in 2016, but that is under threat from uncertainty caused by Brexit, the International Energy Agency has warned today (13 July).
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.

France aims to set carbon price of at least €50 by 2030

France has confirmed it will introduce a floor price for carbon emissions from coal power stations, which will increase from around €20 in 2020 to €50 in 2030. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Transport 12-07-2016

Aviation industry preparing for ‘eleventh hour’ deal on emission trading

SPECIAL REPORT / An agreement on curbing emissions from international flights will be reached at the ICAO general assembly this autumn, according to industry sources, while biofuels continue to struggle to emerge as a long-term solution for greening the sector.
Sustainable Dev. 12-07-2016

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EurActiv Slovakia.

Brexit’s impact on fracking and carbon storage under spotlight

The UK’s Environment and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has launched an inquiry to explore the implications for its climate policy of leaving the European Union, amid major concerns over the uncertain futures of shale gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS). EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Health & Consumers 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.

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.
Sustainable Dev. 07-07-2016

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

On the 60th anniversary of the UK's Clean Air Act, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a plan to tackle toxic air, including the implementation of clean bus corridors, an extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and an emissions surcharge. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.