About: environmental damage

Brussels wants 10-year prison term for severe environmental damage

The European Commission proposed strengthening the law covering criminal environmental damage on Wednesday (15 December) by proposing harsher sentences, including a maximum term of at least 10 years in prison, and including more nature-damaging activities in the scope.

Europe urged to bolster defences against climate, cyber risks

Nations across the globe should step up preparations against global risks such as climate change and cyber attacks, EU officials say, as these areas remain the most pressing for global experts surveyed ahead of this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place in Davos next week.
Circular economy 07-03-2018

Is deep-sea mining worth the risk?

There is no evidence that deep-sea mining will reduce our dependency on land-based mining. We need to end business as usual and act to reduce the demand for these raw materials by making the transition towards a circular economy, write a group of Greens/EFA MEPs.
Agrifood 14-07-2017

MEPs open the door for waste water operators in fertilisers regulation

The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) voted yesterday (13 July) on the amendments to the proposed fertiliser regulation and suggested the introduction of more innovative products such as the ones from
Development Policy 05-02-2016

The future of proposed ‘new Panama Canal’ in doubt

Nicaragua's planned development of a competing waterway to the Panama Canal has faced massive opposition due to the impact the project will have on the environment and society. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

Dakar Rally’s environmental impact criticised

The Dakar Rally is currently tearing its way across South America, where it is generating controversy for its significant environmental and social impact, particularly in Bolivia, where nature protection is enshrined in the so-called "Mother Earth" law. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 07-12-2015

Damage to oceans could be irreparable and deadly

The planet’s oceans protect us from solar radiation and are home to an estimated 70% of all life on earth – but global warming is threatening to destroy entire ecosystems and cause irreparable damage. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Climate change 15-10-2015

‘Environmental emergency’ in Spanish river

Brussels authorities have been asked to help tackle a serious environmental problem in a river overrun with invasive plants in western Spain. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Development Policy 18-08-2015

Norwegian fund divests from four Asian companies over palm oil

Norway's gigantic sovereign wealth fund announced yesterday (17 August) it was divesting from four large Asian companies over the environmental damage their palm oil activities have on tropical forests.
Trade & Society 15-01-2015

The last emperor of GDP

Gross Domestic Product is a measure of the size of a country's economy. It represents the value of all goods and services produced over a specific period of time, with year-on-year growth generally considered a sign of good economic health, writes Éloi Laurent.
Agrifood 10-09-2013

Brussels to tackle Europe’s ‘alien species’

The European Commission has proposed rules to combat the estimated €12 billion of damage caused every year to EU farming and infrastructure by invasive animal and plant species.

Russian ‘fishing interests’ threaten bid for Antarctic conservation area

EXCLUSIVE / A vote today (16 July) on whether to declare a marine protection area over an Antarctic body of water seven times the size of Germany is hanging in the balance due to Russian and Ukrainian fishing interests, the head of a European delegation to the talks has told EURACTIV.
Brexit 05-10-2011

Poland lobbies against EU shale gas regulation

Poland, long seen as promoting a common European approach to shale gas, has now published a surprising study describing possible EU regulation on the industry as "unfeasible".
Climate change 23-11-2010

Environmental liability: Applying the ‘polluter pays’ principle

Successive man-made disasters have seen the EU adopt rules to enforce the 'polluter pays principle' on companies responsible for major environmental damage. 
Brexit 08-06-2010

Shale gas not yet game-changer for Europe

Shale gas cannot be seen yet as a game changer in Europe as it is in the United States, where roughly 50% of the country's needs are met by developing unconventional gas. The conclusion was reached by international experts at a public event held in Brussels yesterday (7 June).
Climate change 22-10-2007

Industry groups voice concerns over environmental liability law

Stakeholders in sectors including insurance and chemicals have expressed concerns over the implementation of the environmental liability directive, with only eight member states having transposed this complex piece of legislation into national law some four months after the deadline.
Transport 18-07-2007

Poland challenges Europe on ‘via-baltica’ highway

The Polish government announced on 17 July 2007 that the construction of the 'via baltica' motorway between Prague and Helsinki would start on August 1 - despite repeated warnings from the Commission that the project contravenes EU rules on biodiversity protection.
Transport 30-01-2007

Polish highway plans under EU threat

Environmentalists have told a Polish firm that it will have to bear financial responsibility for any damage caused by the construction of a controversial highway through protected wetlands, after the Commission issued a warning in December 2006.
Climate change 11-10-2004

Europe’s largest industrial polluters exposed

A small number of industrial plants are often responsible for emitting the bulk of a given pollutant into air and water, says the first report from the EU pollution monitoring register EPER.