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Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

Commission’s 'green' CAP questionable, study says

The implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2014-2020 is not as “green” as the European Commission is claiming, a new study has found.
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Better law-making requires more transparency

The European Commission should make public a study on biofuels it commissioned itself, even if it doesn’t like its results, writes José Inácio Faria.
Transport 10-02-2016

NGOs criticise impact of new aircraft fuel efficiency standards

Environmentalists criticised on Tuesday (9 February) the importance of new fuel efficiency measures agreed at international level, calling them "ineffective", due to the expected technological improvements in aircraft.
Transport 09-02-2016

Hydrogen provides low-carbon energy solutions

The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, a more recent development than its industrial use, has its place in the low-carbon economy of the future, in both buildings and transport. But the technology is still poorly understood in France. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically. According to a study published in the journal Science, this has led to a slight increase in global temperatures. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Energy 08-02-2016

Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out

Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EurActiv in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Transport 08-02-2016

ICAO seeks to end rift on new aircraft emission rules

Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday (7 February) as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing and the Airbus Group's production of the largest jetliners and cargo aircraft.
Transport 05-02-2016

The truth about London's air pollution

“In the morning, this traffic island is packed with children and pushchairs and they are about a metre from all the exhausts,” says Shazia Ali-Webber. She is walking her three boys to school in Hackney, the eldest of whom, Zain, is eight and asthmatic.
Transport 04-02-2016

Jaguar pledges over €46 million to cut emissions

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will invest £36 million (€46 million) over the next three years in renewable energy, energy efficiency and process improvements, according to the British carmaker's latest sustainability report. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-02-2016

Organic farmers could feed the world

Organic farming could provide ample food for the whole human population, while causing less pollution and fewer health problems than conventional agriculture, according to a team of American scientists. Our partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.
Transport 04-02-2016

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put forward by the European Commission next week.
Sustainable Dev. 04-02-2016

Low oil prices threaten to kill off recyclers

Cheap oil is not good news for everyone. The recycling industries were among the first to suffer, and now the used oil regenerators are under threat. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 03-02-2016

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions

European lawmakers on Wednesday (3 February) backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.
UK & Europe 03-02-2016

Brexit would return Britain to being 'dirty man of Europe'

Britain risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” again with filthy beaches, foul air and weak conservation laws if it leaves the European Union, a group of leading environmentalists warned on Wednesday (3 February).
Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EurActiv Germany reports.

A not so ‘dolce vita’ for Romans

Romans are the least satisfied with their quality of life according to a recent survey that focused on the inhabitants of EU capitals. EurActiv Italy reports.
Transport 02-02-2016

Killing three birds with one stone in the Arctic

The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could have disastrous consequences. Banning this fuel would protect the region’s rich wildlife, improve human health and benefit the climate, writes Sue Libenson.
Energy 02-02-2016

Germany leads Europe in offshore wind energy growth

Germany has overtaken the UK in the rate at which it is installing wind turbines at sea, industry figures show. Globally, wind installations grew by 25% in 2014, reaching a landmark 62,000 MW of capacity, according to a separate report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
UK & Europe 01-02-2016

Brexit a threat to UK nature and wildlife, say experts

The consequences of Brexit could be disastrous for the UK's nature and wildlife, as most environmental regulation comes from the EU, our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Norwegian industry plans to up fossil fuel production despite Paris pledge

Norway wants other countries to leave their coal and oil in the ground to meet new global climate change targets, but its industry is planning to increase production of its own fossil fuels. 

Ban Ki-moon calls for clean energy investment to be doubled

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global investment into clean energy to be doubled by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius, as set out in Paris. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.
Transport 29-01-2016

UN rejects EU request to attend green aviation meeting

EXCLUSIVE / The United Nations’ agency for aviation, the ICAO, has snubbed a request by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to allow MEPs to sit in on a crunch meeting to reduce the industry’s contribution to climate change.

EU funds still used to subsidise fossil fuels in Eastern member states

The countries of Eastern and Central Europe rarely use their EU funding for energy transition projects, instead using the money to entrench their dependence on fossil fuels. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 28-01-2016

Ignored at COP21, sustainable agriculture is vital to climate mitigation

Farming is responsible for 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but COP21 and the Paris Agreement failed to acknowledge the sector’s impact and the positive role it could play. EurActiv France reports