EU invests €116m in climate and environmental projects

The European Commission has announced an investment worth €116 million (£102m) to support 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects. They are being funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Change, which has a budget of €3.4 billion (£3bn) between 2014 and 2020. Projects include the replacement of …

French Study Finds Harmful Chemicals in Disposable Diapers

Banned substances and probable carcinogens are not what any parent wants next to their baby’s sensitive skin. Parents in France are worried that disposable diapers are harming their babies. A new study, just published on Wednesday, revealed a number of harmful substances in diapers, including banned chemicals and the weedkiller …

The Chemical Elements That Make up Your Smartphone Are ‘Endangered’

The average smartphone is made up of about 30 chemical elements. But at least half of those elements could be in danger because of increasing scarcity. Now, scientists from the University of St Andrews have developed a new, unique periodic table that highlights the “90 natural elements that make up …

The EU Banned Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters. This …

Siemens Gamesa to Lead an EU-Funded Project to Cut Offshore Wind Costs

The project will receive around €20 million (£18m) in support over its five-year duration. Alongside Aalborg University, Siemens Gamesa will lead an EU-funded research and development project to make offshore wind more affordable. The Integrated Implementation of Industrial Innovations for Offshore Wind Cost Reduction (i4Offshore) project will receive around €20 million (£18m) …

There Is No Raise of Awareness Without Infrastructure

A certain circle of experts and non-governmental organisations have begun to deal with the circular economy in the last five to seven years. However, most of the academic experts are not familiar with this term at all, and our interlocutor Vedad Suljic, Director at Regional Education and Information Centre for …