Little Progress Made in Tackling Air Pollution in Europe, Research Says

Little progress has been made on tackling air quality in Europe, new research shows, despite public outcry in many countries and increasing awareness of the health impacts of pollution. Levels of the dangerous fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, which can lodge deep in the lungs and pass into the …

Cotton Sustainability Is Key for Rural Development

Managing trade policy and climate risks are critical to supporting the more than 25 million farmers who grow cotton, experts gathered here emphasized. “Cotton represents so much more than just a commodity: It is a culture, a way of life, and a tradition that finds its roots at the heart …

Insecticide Blamed for the Deaths of 200 Native Birds in Australia

An insecticide is likely to be behind the deaths of almost 200 native birds in northeast Victoria, environment officials believe. After dead wedge-tailed eagles were found near Violet Town in August the state’s environment department found more – along with hawks and falcons – on a nearby property. They have …

Food Price Index Holds Steady

Global food prices were steady in September, as lower sugar prices were offset by increased quotations for vegetable oils and meat. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 170 points in September, virtually unchanged from August and 3.3 percent …

Populations of UK’s Most Important Wildlife Have Plummeted Since 1970

Populations of the UK’s most important wildlife have plummeted by an average of 60% since 1970, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The State of Nature report also found that the area inhabited by officially designated “priority species” has shrunk by 27%. The species are those deemed most …

Europe’s Circular Economy Still in Its Infancy

Circular material use can minimise waste and resource extraction, improve resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to conserving biodiversity. However, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, circular economy initiatives in Europe are still at an early stage and would benefit from more investments in …