The differences between how the developed and developing countries view their responsibilities will hinder agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, unless top political leaders provide the momentum needed to drive the talks, says Achim Steiner.
The free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) will provide European companies with long-term access to essential raw materials, Nickel Institute President Tim Aiken says, hoping to create more pro-business EU laws with CETA. EurActiv Germany reports.
EU environmental ministers were unanimous in their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the pending Circular Economy package, as part of the executive's drive for “better regulation”.
The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden have issued a joint call to ban the microplastics used in detergents and cosmetics, saying the measure will protect marine life – and seafood – from contamination.
Marine Le Pen's National Front has launched the "New Ecology" movement. The French nationalist party's take on environmental activism will include opposing international climate negotiations and promoting nuclear energy. EurActiv France reports.
The European Commission will ditch the Circular Economy package, replace it with “more ambitious” legislation in 2015, and change pending air-pollution rules, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs on Tuesday (16 December).
EU environment ministers have signalled their support for waste rules, part of the Circular Economy package axed today from the European Commission’s 2015 work programme, and will discuss the pending legislation at their meeting in Brussels tomorrow (17 December).