Kira Taylor

CAP will remain part of biodiversity’s myriad of funding, despite past issues

The Common Agricultural Policy, voted on this week in the European Parliament and Council, will remain by far the biggest funding source for biodiversity protection schemes at EU level, despite criticisms it has encouraged intensive and damaging farming.

Fixing plastic collection seen as vital to success of chemical recycling

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south.

‘Tipping point’: biodiversity on a knife edge in Europe and beyond

Biodiversity is in critical decline across Europe and the world, which will have a devastating impact on ecosystems and economies.
Energy 16-10-2020

EU countries urged to build on Renovation Wave to fix failing efficiency targets

Twenty-five of the EU's 27 member countries have been told to boost provisions for building renovation in their national energy and climate plans in order to meet the bloc's elusive efficiency targets.
Energy 16-10-2020

EU countries must match promises with policy on wind power, industry says

EU member states must introduce policies to support their wind power ambitions, according to industry lobby group WindEurope.

EU’s new chemical strategy aims to prohibit hazardous substances until proven safe

The European Commission's new chemicals strategy, published on Wednesday (14 October), proposes to ban the most toxic substances by default, authorising them only on a case-by-case basis when they are proven to be indispensable to society.
Climate change 14-10-2020

Timmermans calls for greater urgency to tackle biodiversity crisis

Voters and the general public need to increase pressure on politicians to act more urgently in order to protect biodiversity, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans argued on Tuesday (13 October).

Europe aims for ‘zero pollution’ in upcoming chemicals strategy

The European Commission will publish a strategy on Wednesday (14 October) on zero pollution in the chemicals industry, but any white paper will have to walk the same, precarious tightrope as its predecessors.
Air Quality 10-10-2020

Polish children exposed to four times more pollution than French, study finds

Polish children are significantly more exposed to air pollution than French children, research by the University of Hasselt in Belgium has found.
Biomass 07-10-2020

Denmark proposes pathway for ‘sustainable’ biomass

The Danish government and a majority coalition of eight parties have proposed stricter legal requirements for wood biomass, used for heat and electricity in the country.
Energy 07-10-2020

Major fossil fuel firms set to miss 2°C climate target, research shows

None of the world's major coal, oil and and gas companies are on track to limit climate warming to 2°C by 2050, according to new research released on Wednesday (7 October).

Pressure mounts on EU member states to meet plastic recycling goals

Pressure is increasing on member states to recycle 77% of plastic bottles by 2025 and reduce waste.
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