About: Pollution

Development Policy 27-06-2017

Nigeria seeks EU help to counter cancer outbreak in polluted delta

Officials from the Federal Republic of Nigeria arrived in Brussels on Monday (26 June) to seek EU help with establishing cancer screening centres in the Niger Delta, a hugely polluted area where a large proportion of the population suffers from cancer.

Automated vehicles 14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic ends up as waste, as marine litter polluting the oceans, or as litter on our beaches.

Development Policy 08-03-2017

WHO: Environmental pollution causes one in four infant deaths

Unhealthy environments kill 1.7 million children under the age of five each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst-affected region. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Transport 16-02-2017

Pressure mounts on EU to pull the plug on contentious German road toll law

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc has defended the European Commission's move to vouch for a controversial German road toll bill that has spurred blistering critique and threats of a lawsuit from 11 neighbouring countries.

Climate change 10-02-2017

Smog-plagued Poland tries to escape tag as ‘Europe’s China’

Poland’s government has finally promised action after air pollution provoked the ire of the general public. However, Marek Józefiak wonders if Warsaw will dare to take action that will affect their coal-centred vision of economy.

Transport 24-01-2017

Paris rolls out driverless bus service to fight pollution and congestion

Paris yesterday (23 January) launched its first driverless electric shuttle bus service, aiming to curb congestion and pollution that many Parisians blame for a whole raft of health complaints.

Health 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Transport 02-12-2016

Bulc says controversial German deal paves way for EU road toll law

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and Violeta Bulc, the EU transport commissioner, have ended their prolonged fight over a controversial German road toll—provoking anger from neighbours but paving the way for a European-wide road tolling scheme next year.

16-09-2016

One year on, can Volkswagen leave Dieselgate behind?

One year ago, Volkswagen's cheating on emissions tests for millions of its diesel cars erupted into public view, leaving the mammoth carmaker battling an unprecedented crisis.

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.

Agrifood 02-03-2016

Rome sets sights on complete revision of nitrates legislation

Following the European Commission's termination of an infringement procedure against the member state, Italy has updated its rules relating to the use of animal waste in agriculture and still retains hopes of amending the EU's Nitrates Directive. EURACTIV Italy reports.

A truly circular economy will massively reduce Europe’s climate impact

The climate conference in Paris is only weeks away but the emissions reductions pledges made by countries are far from sufficient. We now know that the meeting in Paris will at best provide a platform for further action, writes Anders Wijkman.

Climate change 23-10-2015

German checkouts to charge for plastic bags

Germany is set to tackle the excessive consumption of plastic carrier bags, after a trade association submitted an attractive proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 07-07-2015

Let’s tackle air pollution at all levels, starting now with the NEC Directive

The European Parliament’s environment committee should be ambitious when it votes on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive next week, write Lot van Hooijdonk and Karen Vancluysen.

Health 12-06-2015

Big Pharma paying for superbug-breeding pollution, says watchdog

Major pharmaceutical companies are buying drugs from waste-dumping Chinese factories that create the “ideal breeding ground” for killer superbugs, an investigation published Thursday (11 June) revealed.