Environment

Planned German coal exit boosts case for Nord Stream 2  in depth

Monday 28 January 2019 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver

A German commission recommends phasing out coal power over the next 19 years – which will provide additional arguments to build the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia, which both the European Commission and the US have reservations about.


Air pollution kills more than 500,000 Europeans each year 

Monday 05 November 2018 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Despite the efforts of European countries, atmospheric pollution (fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone in particular) continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.


Floods in Slovenia: millions of euros worth of damage, for which we are mostly guilty  Large investigation

Saturday 16 February 2019 | Lenart J. Kučić
| Pod črto

Hydrogeological disasters in Slovenia account for over 150 million euros of damage a year. And they are often worsened by human interventions. Especially because the country has tolerated construction in flood-prone areas for several decades.


An ever less fertile Europe 

Wednesday 30 January 2019 | Marta Gatti
| OBC Transeuropa

Soil has a sensitive and crucial role to play, but is increasingly under threat: besides erosion and pollution, artificial covering is on the rise in many areas of Europe. There is still a chance, however, to reduce land take.


Environmental impact of companies (Mana-Vox)

Saturday 26 January 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The Mana-Vox platform ranks companies according to their environmental impact (deforestation, threats to biodiversity, support for fossil fuels, etc.).


Green finance (IDFC)

Sunday 27 January 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The annual "Green Finance Mapping" report examines the financing granted by every large development bank in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to adapt to climate change.


European vehicle market (ICCT)

Tuesday 29 January 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The ICCT publishes every year a statistical overview of the European car fleet. The data goes ten years back, allowing a full appreciation of the recent market evolution.


Bears return to the Alps 

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.