Marc Hall

Yemenis receive food assistence in Sana'a. [Fares Khoailed/WFP].
Development Policy 25-07-2014

Over half of Yemenis may need humanitarian aid, UN says

About 14.7 million people in Yemen may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, as outbreaks of violence continue, according to the United Nations.

A coal plant in Datteln, Germany. [Arnold Paul/Commons].
Energy 23-07-2014

Germany, UK have most polluting coal plants

Germany and the United Kingdom have 18 of the 30 most polluting energy plants in the European Union, according to a study by green NGOs, funded by the European Union.

A coal plant in Datteln, Germany. [Arnold Paul/Commons].

Shift taxes from labour to environment, EEA tells ministers

Hans Bruyninckx, the director of the European Environment Agency, has urged ministers to carry out fiscal reforms, such as moving tax from labour to activities that damage the environment.

EEA urges for ‘systemic’ approach to environment, health concerns

Governments need to study the connections between health and environmental concerns, which could save them money and improve societal well-being over the longer term, according to the European Environment Agency.

Emissions from a power station. [Stocker1970/Shutterstock].

UN report: economic growth and decarbonisation ‘two sides of same coin’

The deep decarbonisation of developed economies, such as the EU, can go along with economic growth, according to a report published by the United Nations this week.

An e-Waste collection centre in South America [Photo: Curtis Palmer, Flickr]

EU tables ‘circular economy’ package with zero-landfill goal

The European Commission issued proposals yesterday (2 July) to increase recycling and phase out landfilling, with a series of legally-binding measures aimed at nudging the EU towards a lean "circular economy".

Europeans test energy cooperatives to boost independence

EU officials look at Belgium as an example for cooperative energy projects, as the 28-country bloc looks to de-carbonise and gain more energy independence.

Civilians arriving at a UN compound in Bor, the capital of the Jonglei state, South Sudan, seeking refuge from the violence. [Hailemichael Gebrekrstos/UNMISS].
Development Policy 25-06-2014

South Sudan situation ‘heartbreaking’: UN official

Well over a million people have been forced from their homes, and many more face severe hunger, due to continued violence in South Sudan, according to a senior UN official.

Camembert cheese. [Creative commons].
Agrifood 18-06-2014

EU, US face food labelling spat in TTIP talks

The EU and the US are far from an agreement on food in the TTIP talks, with geographical indications still proving to be a sticking point.

Biofuels debate continues, despite EU agreement

The debate over biofuels risks dragging on, despite EU energy ministers reaching an agreement on the controversial crop-based fuels last week.

An e-Waste collection centre in South America [Photo: Curtis Palmer, Flickr]

Fitting e-waste into the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Phones, computers, washing machines - integrating a few core principles, such as the waste hierarchy, into the manufacturing of these products can reduce their environmental impact and allow for a functioning circular economy, according to analysts.

An ecologic building in London, UK. [Giancarlo Liguori/Shutterstock].

EU tables proposals to tackle ‘intertwined’ challenges in Europe, developing world

The European Commission tabled proposals on Monday (2 June) for tackling the “intertwined challenges of eliminating poverty” and “ensuring progress is sustainable”, in the EU's contribution to the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).