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29/09/2016

EU agrees ban on glyphosate co-formulant

Science & Policymaking


Nobel Laureate: EU politicians ignore ‘politically unwelcome’ GMO science

European politicians support a great deal of scientific research but they often do not pay attention to the results if they are “politically unwelcome”, Nobelist Richard Roberts told EurActiv.com.
Health & Consumers 22-09-2016

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Poland's abortion battle resume today (22 September) when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe.
Energy 20-09-2016

EU’s ex-Soviet nuclear reactors’ decommissioning over-budget and behind schedule

A slew of USSR-era nuclear reactors within the EU are years behind schedule in decommissioning and still require billions in funding, a damning Court of Auditors report found today (20 September).

Fire safety chemicals ‘threaten’ public health, alliance warns

The use of chemical flame retardants in furniture to increase fire safety has severe opposite implications, a number of associations have warned.
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Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Germany, the EU’s most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
Health & Consumers 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 02-09-2016

Study: Shipping air pollution causes 24,000 deaths a year in east Asia

A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in east Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world’s ten biggest container ports, scientists have said.
Health & Consumers 01-09-2016

Study: Fertility ‘unaffected’ by moderate alcohol consumption

A new study has found that if a woman wants to get pregnant, she should abstain from alcohol but not necessarily “completely”.
Health & Consumers 01-09-2016

EU’s sunbed safety assessment clouded by bias

An upcoming assessment by a European Commission committee on the risks of UV radiation and sunbeds is hamstrung by in-built bias and a failure to comprehensively address all the issues, warns Frank Harbusch.
Agriculture & Food 30-08-2016

Commission accused over Baltic cod fishing limits

Conservationists have blamed the European Commission for being “picky” regarding the scientific advice it used to propose fishing limits in the Baltic Sea.

Monsanto and Greenpeace bicker over access to glyphosate studies

The decision of a pro-glyphosate lobby to grant public access via reading rooms to proprietary studies on the weed-killer’s safety has been the subject of a new intense row with NGOs.

Microplastics should be banned in cosmetics to save oceans, British MPs say

Cosmetics companies must be banned from using plastic microbeads in scrubs, toothpaste and beauty products because of the marine pollution they are causing, say a group of MPs.


UK to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects after Brexit

The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.

Major study links neonicotinoid pesticides to wild bee declines

Wild bees that forage from oilseed rape crops treated with insecticides known as neonicotinoids are more likely to undergo long-term population declines than bees that forage from other sources, according to the findings of an 18-year study.

What does an innovation agenda mean for consumers?

Innovation and consumer protection are not opposites. Indeed there is huge potential to use innovation to deliver safer products that benefit consumers, writes Monique Goyens.
Energy 14-08-2016

Europe’s broken biofuels policy

Public policy should be built on firm foundations. Objective analysis, verifiable facts and solid science are good starting points, but that was absent in biofuels policy-making, writes Dick Roche.
Health & Consumers 09-08-2016

Water industry: Light criteria on endocrine disruptors benefit polluters

A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told EurActiv.com.

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late

European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disrupters are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals.

EU criteria on endocrine disruptors insufficient, warns chemical industry

The European Commission's draft criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides are "not sufficient" to protect people and the environment, the European chemical industry has warned.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
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.
Energy 15-07-2016

EDF scientific chief: A 100% renewable energy system is impossible

Fossil-fueled power is still necessary to balance the intermittency from renewable electricity production. But costs are rapidly dropping, and the socio-economic drivers are in place to support the transition towards renewable energy, says Jean-Paul Chabard.
Public Affairs 14-07-2016

Publish papers from secretive talks on EU law, Ombudsman tells institutions

Secretive three-way talks between EU institutions on draft law must be made more transparent, the European Ombudsman today (14 July) said after an investigation into the negotiations known as “trialogues”.
Agriculture & Food 12-07-2016

EU agrees ban on glyphosate co-formulant

Member states yesterday (11 July) backed a proposal by the European Commission to put limits on the use of the weed-killer glyphosate in the 28-nation bloc, including a ban on one co-formulant called POE-tallowamine, EurActiv.com has learned.