Environment

Small EU countries had more COVID-related deaths per million since pandemic started 

Sunday 25 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

While the EU’s most populous countries are recording the most overall COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria had the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in relation to their populations during the same period.


European banks are still major backers of the fossil fuel industry 

Monday 25 January 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

As public institutions struggle to implement their plans effectively, private banks are still not pulling their weight. With the slowness and mounting obstacles facing public finances, combined with the unreliability of the private system, how secure is the future of energy transition?


How energy is produced in the EU (and how much greenhouse gas it produces) 

Friday 22 January 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The natural resources used to produce energy directly impact CO2 emission levels and the long-term environmental sustainability of the energy sector. National differences within the EU are large, and suggest the very different approaches being taken.


A girl wearing a protective mask with a "no planet B" slogan on it

With loosened cohesion rules, EU money is channelled away from climate action 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Louise Rozès Moscovenko
Philipp Grüll
Vlagyiszlav Makszimov
| Euractiv

EU countries have reallocated €3.8 billion of EU structural funds away from climate action to enable a rapid response to the Covid-19 crisis. However, the European Commission hopes that the incoming fresh cash will reverse that trend.


Graffiti in Zagreb

It's time for Croatia to embrace the European Green Deal 

Tuesday 06 October 2020 | Toni Gabrić
| H-Alter

Average temperatures are rising more and more in the Zagreb region, while snow cover is decreasing year after year. However, Jagoda Munić, Director of Friends of the Earth Europe says that “Croatia is a very passive observer of developments around the European Green Deal.”


There are more forests in barren Greece than in Hungary 

Tuesday 19 May 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Less than 4 per cent of the world's forests are in the European Union, shared by no fewer than 16 million owners. There is no common EU forestry policy, but the European Green Deal is set to put a new emphasis on reforestation.


If Brussels wants to reduce fertilisers and pesticides 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | Cédric Vallet
| Alternatives Economiques

With its "farm to table" strategy, the European Commission aims to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers and at the same time increase organic production by 2030. But how? 


Can the green transition help in solving fiscal and monetary divergencies in the EU? 

Thursday 27 August 2020 | Petter Aspestrand
| OBC Transeuropa

The COVID-19 pandemic may have opened a window of opportunity for the European Union to strengthen its fiscal cohesion and to put the climate transition on the right track.


The energy transition yet to come  in depth

Thursday 06 February 2020 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The European Union wants to abandon coal by 2050, but this will require significant help from European banks, which still finance 26 per cent of all coal power plants in the world.


Climate change cost Europeans €446 billions over the last 40 years 

Friday 16 April 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Climate change-related extreme events have seriously damaged the countries of the European Economic Area, accounting for loss of almost 3 percent of GDP for each country per year, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency.