Migration v Climate: Europe’s New Political Divide

The crowd that gathered outside Hungary’s neo-gothic parliament building on Friday was loud, young and passionate. The latest round of global school climate strikes drew several thousand people in Budapest, including the city’s newly elected liberal mayor. They sang, chanted and shouted demands to the country’s politicians to take the …

Carcinogenicity Assessment Was Flawed for 4 out of 10 Pesticides, New Report Shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent of them are not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides. In 30 percent of the cases significant details were missing from the dossiers, …

The Last Straw: European Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in …

European Commission Concludes Palm Oil Is Environmentally Damaging

The European Commission has concluded palm oil is environmentally damaging and results in excessive deforestation. The decision means it is likely to be removed from transport biofuels as it will not contribute to EU renewable transport targets for national governments. The cultivation of palm oil primarily takes place in Indonesia …

EU Gets Heavy-Duty on Emissions from Trucks

The European Union has agreed to reduce emissions from new trucks by 30% by 2030. The European Parliament and the Council, which represents the 28 member states, reached a provisional agreement which ensures between 2025 and 2029, new trucks will emit 15% less CO2 on average compared to 2019 emission …

The EU Tackles Growing Aviation Emissions

Brussels, 3 February 2017- The Commission is amending the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) making it fit for tackling CO2 emissions from aviation. This comes following an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stabilize international aviation emissions. The European Union is a leading advocate for addressing fast-growing …