Renewable Energy: Common Myths Debunked

Critics of renewable energy often cite two reasons for why they think a transition from fossil fuels will take half a century. Firstly, that sources of renewable energy are too intermittent to be reliable and secondly, that governments cannot bear the costs of switching entire economies to clean energy. It’s …

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Agricultural Policy Needs To Secure Stronger Environmental Improvements for Water in Europe

Agricultural management practices should be based on agroecological principles, organic farming and nature-based solutions, the EEA report ‘Water and agriculture; towards sustainable solutions,’ says. To achieve this, more ambitious measures to promote sustainable agriculture are needed in the upcoming EU common agricultural policy 2021-2027. Recent EEA studies have shown that …

A Ten Step Plan to Save Our Seas

The year 2050 has been predicted by some to be a bleak year for the ocean. Experts say that by 2050 there may be more plastic than fish in the sea, or perhaps only plastic left. Others say 90 percent of our coral reefs may be dead, waves of mass marine extinction may be unleashed, and …

Make Charles Darwin Proud: Save the Galapagos From Your Living Room

The Galapagos Islands, off the west coast of Ecuador, are among the most important bastions of nature on our planet. The diversity of life here–hammerhead sharks, Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies among them–prompted Charles Darwin 150 years ago to craft his theory on the origin and evolution of species. It …

Climate Change Adaptation Is Key to Avoid Disruption of EU Agricultural Commodities Imports

Stepping up European Union (EU) support for international adaptation, together with trade diversification are key actions the EU can take to lessen the impacts of climate change on agricultural trade, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today. Climate change is projected to affect agriculture in Europe and …

Statkraft Chooses ABB Synchronous Condensers to Help the UK National Grid Meet Its Zero-Carbon...

The project in Liverpool combines ABB synchronous condensers with flywheels to help stabilize the power grid as renewable energy replaces large fossil-fueled rotating power plants. ABB has been awarded a major turnkey contract by Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, to design, manufacture and install two high-inertia synchronous condenser …

Many Obsolete Barriers Harm Europe’s Rivers

A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, looks at the issue of river barriers and their impact on ecosystems. The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 aims to restore at least 25 000 km of free-flowing rivers by 2030, by removing barriers and restoring floodplains and wetlands. The EEA briefing ‘Tracking barriers and their …