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Agrifood 30-09-2019

Pesticide challenge leaving French viticulture with little choice

Wine is France's national pride but it represents a significant challenge for the country. Viticulture needs plenty of pesticides, mainly because of fungicides, but the sector continues to face many difficulties in changing its practices. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 12-06-2019

ECDC: Legionella outbreak may be reduced with appropriate controls

A new community outbreak of Legionella in Belgium's Flanders region renewed public attention to the so-called Legionnaires' disease, which is increasing in the EU, according to the EU agency for infectious diseases control.

EU clean water laws under attack from industry lobbyists

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

EU countries call for strict health rules on ‘water contact materials’

An overwhelming majority of member states have voiced support for stricter EU rules on drinking water, saying the same level of safety should apply to products coming in contact with water as for those coming in contact with food.
Development Policy 27-02-2018

Search for new urban water sparks conflict in parched Malawi

With increasingly prolonged droughts threatening worsening water shortages, Malawi is moving to shore up water supplies to its cities, including building new long-distance pipelines and dams.

Increased drugs’ use threatens aquatic environment, report says

The steady ageing of Europe's population will result in an increased consumption of medicines, which will consequently lead to higher concentrations of pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment and pose potential threats to public health, a new study has warned.

Cape Town shares lessons of record drought

Cape Town, South Africa’s second largest city, is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years. Gareth Morgan, trade and investment officer for the city, told EURACTIV.com that the crisis was also an opportunity to seek solutions which could be of use in other parts of Africa.
Climate change 20-04-2017

Climate change exacerbates threat of terrorism

From South America to the Middle East, the effects of climate change appear to exacerbate the problems of organised crime and terrorism. The UN and German think tank Adelphi have raised the alarm. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 26-01-2016

The Internet of Things can help achieve the SDGs

The Internet of Things already promises to transform daily life in rich countries.  And a new generation of farming and healthcare techniques is improving the quality of life of the world's poorest populations. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Development Policy 16-09-2015

Dams create breeding grounds for malaria in Africa

Large dams in sub-Saharan Africa may be responsible for at least one million cases of malaria every year, according to a recent study. Journal de l'Environnement reports
Development Policy 26-08-2015

Puerto Rico hopes storms will ease drought

Puerto Rico hopes that tropical systems Danny and Erika dump enough rain on the Caribbean island to avert the need for intensifying water rationing brought on by a severe drought.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Billions lack toilets, says World Health Organisation report

Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialised West, but are a luxury for a third of the world’s people, according to a report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
Brexit 27-03-2015

UK faces European court over coal plant emissions

Brussels will haul the UK into court for breaching emissions limits of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx) at its coal-fired Aberthaw power plant in Wales, the bloc announced on Thursday.
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Thousands march in Dublin against Irish water charges

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday (21 March) in the latest mass protest against new water charges, which have sparked widespread public anger.
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Commission questions the legality of Sivens dam

The Commission has opened an infringement proceeding against France for non-compliance with European directives, as well as misuse of European structural funds in its Sivens dam project. Environmentalists have welcomed the decision to take action against what they see as a useless and environmentally harmful project. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 19-11-2014

NGOs: New Commissioner should break silence over open defecation

World Toilet Day was marked today (19 November) in the European Parliament with a conference, during which pressure groups called on new Commissioner for Development Neven Mimica to not be shy about discussing open defecation.
Alan Kelly at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, 23 May 2013 [International Transport Forum/Flickr]

Irish water levy protests escalate

The constituency office of the Irish minister overseeing unpopular new water charges received a bomb threat on Monday (17 November), the latest escalation in Ireland's most serious anti-austerity protests to date.
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Development Policy 16-09-2014

EU calls for wider response to the Ebola epidemic

The EU will intensify its financial assistance to Western Africa, in order to contribute to the efforts in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. At a special meeting held yesterday (15 September) in Brussels, the bloc reiterated its willingness to work hard to stop the spread of the disease. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Shipwrecks line the edge of what used to be the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. A massive irrigation project reduced its size by 90% within 50 years.  [neil banas/Flickr]
Development Policy 29-08-2014

German economy vulnerable to global water scarcity, WWF warns

Water is scarce but it continues to be wasted excessively in many industrial states, warns a new study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), predicting that a global conflict over water resources could bring billions in losses for the German market. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Europe ‘decoupling’ water pollution from economic growth, EEA says

Over the past decade the levels of nutrient pollution in Europe’s waters fell despite economic growth and an increasing population, according to statistics compiled by the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

Parliament kicks off debate on the legal right to water

The European Parliament launched the debate yesterday (17 February) on the first successful European citizens’ initiative, on the right to water. While MEPs largely expressed support for its main aim, they were divided on whether water services should be private or public.

EU citizens force water debate onto agenda

Water and who should provide it - the public or private sector - has become the first issue to be pushed onto Brussels' policy agenda via a new mechanism meant to involve ordinary people in EU decision-making.
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