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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

Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

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Single-use plastic found on Kilninian beach on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Photograph: Will Rose/Greenpeace

Campaigners demand that post-Brexit Britain matches the EU’s plan to tackle waste

May 27, 2018 — The EU is to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks in a bid to tackle the rising tide of plastic waste, a move that has prompted urgent calls for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to guarantee that the UK will follow Brussels’ lead after Brexit. Continue reading Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

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Maurice Feschet, 72, a lavender farmer from Provence, says he lost 44% of his harvest in six years because of climate change. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights

May 24, 2018 — Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. Continue reading ‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

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Logging has tripled in Estonia in the past decade (Pic: Arthur Neslen)

Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030

January 16, 2018 — A quarter of Estonia’s forestland is at imminent risk from a major logging increase, aided by “flexibilities” in EU rules that the Baltic state championed. Continue reading Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Steart Marshes in Somerset, a £20.7m wetland reserve recently created under EU law to compensate for loss of habitat on the Severn estuary, a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

Compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill

January 9, 2018 — The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. Continue reading Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

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Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos)

The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election

November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said. Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

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Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA

Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice

November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day. Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

Weatherwatch: climate change and overfishing bring explosion of jellyfish

swarm of comb jellyfish, which are a threat to nuclear power stations and to fish farms
Swarm of comb jellyfish, which are a threat to nuclear power stations and to fish farms. Photograph: Martin Almqvist/Getty Images/Johner Images

Warmer and more acid seas cause huge blooms of jellyfish, but scientists are working on ways to convert them into something useful

November 7, 2017 — The combination of climate change and overfishing is causing a population explosion in jellyfish. Since there are fewer fish to eat them, they appear off the British coast in vast Continue reading Weatherwatch: climate change and overfishing bring explosion of jellyfish

40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market

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CLEAN ENERGY. There are 5,760 solar panels atop SM City North EDSA’s parking building. Rappler file photo

Companies from 13 European countries eye investments in solar generation, hydropower, wind power, and electric vehicles

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 12, 2017) — About 40 European companies are set to visit the Philippines this month to explore opportunities in the local renewable energy sector, said an official of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines. Continue reading 40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market