Damian Carrington

Mysterious source of ozone-killing emissions tracked to China

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England

All drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a deposit return scheme, the UK government has announced. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Circular economy 25-01-2018

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to develop "ambitious new future targets and milestones", confidential documents have revealed. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Agrifood 15-12-2017

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 06-11-2017

Why the COP23 climate change summit in Bonn matters

As the UN's climate conference kicks off in Bonn on Monday (6 November), EURACTIV's partner The Guardian looks at what issues will be discussed in Germany and what we can expect from the high-level conference.
Climate change 03-11-2017

Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution and heatwaves

The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Air Quality 07-08-2017

UK government adviser warns electric cars are not total air pollution solution

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government’s top adviser. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Agrifood 24-03-2017

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European Commission, seen by EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian.
Climate change 27-01-2017

May must challenge Trump’s ‘contempt’ for climate change, say British MPs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May must challenge US President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain a part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties.
06-01-2017

Diesel cars are 10 times more toxic than trucks and buses, data shows

Modern diesel cars produce 10 times more toxic air pollution than heavy trucks and buses, new European data has revealed.
Energy 13-10-2016

An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid

Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
Agrifood 22-09-2016

Pesticide manufacturers’ own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.
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.
Brexit 26-11-2015

UK cancels pioneering carbon capture and storage competition

The UK government has cancelled its £1 billion (about €1.4 billion) competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology just six months before it was due to be awarded, breaking a key pledge in the Conservative party manifesto. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Climate change 13-11-2015

Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

The EU has warned the Obama Administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it “definitively” would not be a treaty.
Transport 15-09-2015

Nine out of ten new diesel cars exceed EU pollution limits, report finds

Nine out of 10 new diesel cars break new EU pollution limits when tested on roads rather than test tracks, according to a new report.

UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees

Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban.
Energy 08-05-2014

Warning of $1tn gamble on high-cost oil projects

Over $1 trillion is being gambled on high-cost oil projects that will never see a return if the world's governments fulfill their pledge to tackle climate change, according to a new report.
A European honey bee extracts nectar from an Aster flower using its proboscis [John Severns]

Britain’s honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals

A landmark study has revealed the UK is suffering one of the worst rates of honeybee colony deaths in Europe.
Agrifood 04-02-2014

Pesticides halve bees’ pollen gathering ability, research shows

Bumblebees exposed to controversial pesticides collect just half the pollen they would otherwise harvest, according to new research, depriving their growing young of their only source of protein.

Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the British newspaper, the Observer, a vote in Brussels today (29 April) is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents.
Energy 12-02-2013

Wind and solar power capacity surge, report says

Global wind power expanded by almost 20% in 2012 to reach a new peak of 282 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, while solar power reached more than 100GW, having more than doubled in two years.
Brexit 01-10-2012

UK ‘Green Deal’ deal spurned by major retailers

Flagship environmental scheme fails to win support of big names amid criticism it is too complex and may disadvantage the poor.