Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

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ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says

June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.

A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years. Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

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Straubenhardt windfarm, Germany (Pic: Flickr/Marco Verch)

The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition

June 11, 2018 — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition. Continue reading EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

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Farmer uproots his failed maize crop to feed his cattle, Kenya, 2017. Credit: Joerg Boethling/Alamy Stock Photo.

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security

June 11, 2018 — The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years. Continue reading Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’