Environment

Bears return to the Alps  in depth

Tuesday 22 January 2019 | Laura Pes
| OBC Transeuropa

In the collective imagination, bears are one of the wild animals with which humanity has struggled the most over the course of history. After virtual extermination, the reintroduction of bears in a number of European countries is arousing enthusiasm as well as perplexity.


EU commits itself to 37.5 percent cut in car emissions by 2030 

Tuesday 08 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed to a 37.5 percent reduction in CO2 output for new cars by 2030. A 31 percent cut for utility vehicles is also planned.


Will MEPs vote to ensure the Mediterranean sustainable natural resources? 

Wednesday 09 January 2019 | Lasse Gustavsson
| VoxEurop

On 10 January, the European Parliament should vote on the first multiannual plan for the Western Mediterranean Sea. The head of the NGO Oceana in Europe explains why MEPs should take action to save the “Mare Nostrum” from overfishing.


Hydrogen cars may be the future – they are not yet the present  in depth

Friday 30 November 2018 | Peter Teffer
Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop
EUobserver

The European consumer is hardly buying any hydrogen cars, despite the EU's belief that it has a potential to reduce the use of fossil fuels.


Revealed: Link between MEPs CO2 votes and domestic car jobs  in depth

Thursday 08 November 2018 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver
VoxEurop

Members of the European Parliament from countries where there are significant number of jobs in the automotive industry were less likely to support stronger climate measures than those where car jobs are less important, according to an analysis of voting patterns.


Electric buses: Europe struggles to take off 

Saturday 17 November 2018 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

The lack of a sufficient number of electric-powered buses in Paris area let local transportation company to put back in service several old diesel-propelled buses next year. A vehicle management issue that shows how much European cities lay behind in renewing their buses' fleet.


Europe continues to sell more and more pesticides 

Friday 26 October 2018 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Between 2011 and 2016, pesticide sales continued to increase in the European Union. Nevertheless, certain member states, such as Denmark, have made serious efforts to reduce their use.


EU sets new – though insufficient – limits for cars’ greenhouse gas emissions  in depth

Tuesday 16 October 2018 | Gian-Paolo Accardo
| VoxEurop
EUobserver

The new caps for CO2 emissions approved by the member states are ambitious, though not enough to counter the current trend in global warming.


Romania, the only EU country consuming less earthly resources than the world’s average 

Tuesday 07 August 2018 | Gian-Paolo Accardo
| VoxEurop

In all of EU countries Earth Overshoot Day – the date when all of the inhabitants have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year – falls before 1 August, except for Romania.


Plastic recycling: uneven progress in Europe  in depth

Monday 23 July 2018 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

The “European plastic strategy” is moving forward in Brussels. While certain member states are already doing well, many trail behind.