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Climate change 15-11-2017

Former COP president becomes UN environment rep

Former president of COP21 Laurent Fabius has been named UN high representative for environmental governance, two years after chairing the Paris Agreement negotiations. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 25-09-2017

France’s ecology minister meets angry farmers and promises ‘shared solution’

French farmers have been protesting France's proposed ban on glyphosate, Europe's number one pesticide. Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot tried to engage in dialogue with them to achieve a "shared solution". EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

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Agrifood 21-09-2017

European biodiesel: the challenges of the RED II

The Commission proposal to revise the Renewable Energy Directive is not only lacking ambition, it is also a challenge to the entire biofuel chain, from farmers to industry.

Poland, Commission clash in top court over ancient forest

The European Union executive asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve unique woods.

Central Europe 06-07-2017

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

UNESCO on Wednesday (5 July) "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Białowieża forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Europe taking the lead in responsible globalisation

Reshaping globalisation is Europe's responsibility and chance, write Karl Aiginger and Heinz Handler. Policy should ensure that there are no more winners and losers from globalisation, they argue.

Agrifood 02-06-2017

MEPs go to court in bid to reform EFSA

Green MEPs have lodged a complaint to denounce the lack of transparency in EFSA’s assessment of glyphosate. They hope to change the internal rules of the agency to boost transparency and limit lobby influence.

Pressure grows on Commission to change environment law after UN rebuke

EXCLUSIVE/ Green campaigners today (27 March) heaped more pressure on the European Commission to change EU law to make it easier for NGOs to bring lawsuits over EU environment policy.

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 28-10-2016

Deal struck for world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Climate change 27-10-2016

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

Climate change 24-08-2016

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.

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Gaz: Europe’s smart choice for heating
Energy 09-06-2016

Gas: Europe’s smart choice for heating

Natural gas has dramatically changed the way we heat our homes, businesses and schools, enabling us to live comfortably without emptying our wallets. And we do so while at the same time not compromising the environment.

Climate change 24-05-2016

What would Brexit mean for the environment?

With only a month to go before the UK referendum, a narrow range of issues has dominated the debate, leaving many others, including working conditions, international development and the environment firmly in the shadows, write Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan.

Climate change 11-05-2016

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.

Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Commission lashes out at TTIP leaks as ‘storm in a teacup’

The EU hit back at Greenpeace on Monday (2 May) for promoting "misconceptions" after it leaked documents about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) showing that the US is pressuring Brussels to roll back health and environmental standards.

Climate change 18-03-2016

Ed Miliband: Tories far too able to ‘do wrong things’ on climate change

David Cameron’s government is to blame for overseeing the fraying of the UK’s cross-party consensus for action on climate change, according to Ed Miliband.
Climate change 29-02-2016

Despite Paris Agreement, more ambitious EU emissions target unlikely

EU regulators will say this week the European Union does not need a more ambitious greenhouse gas target until the next decade, according to a draft text, even though the Paris climate deal stipulates goals should be reviewed in 2018.

Brexit 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).

Climate change 22-01-2016

North and Baltic Seas threatened by human activity

Germany’s marine agency has presented its findings regarding the state of the North and Baltic Seas, with human activity threatening animal life and the environment. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 15-01-2016

Juncker met 18 business lobbyists in 2015, but not one green NGO

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not meet a single green NGO in 2015, but found time for one-on-one meetings with 18 business and industry organisations.

Antibiotics
Health 11-12-2015

Pharma pollution is overlooked cause of antimicrobial resistance

Unused pharmaceuticals, which end up in the environment, such as in groundwater, pose a major threat to public health and the environment, by leading to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.

Businesses can benefit from climate targets, but only if they adapt

Aligning the global economy with the two degrees target can open up business to a vast reserve of untapped opportunities – if business leaders are willing to embrace the change, writes Bertrand van Ee.

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Climate change 02-12-2015

Climate talks should fight global warming and boost growth with incentives

Ahead of the climate summit in Paris, EPP Group MEPs Krisjanis Karins of the Industry Committee and Peter Liese of the Environment Committee say it is possible to reach an effective agreement to stop global warming by using incentives to encourage citizens and businesses to become more energy-efficient.