Environment

The role of women in the energy transition

Saturday 11 May 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

What is the role of women in the energy transition in the European Union?


Water stress in Europe (EEA)

Saturday 11 May 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The European Environment Agency created an interactive map to explore the evolution of water stress over time. Data are available since 1990.


Droughts in Europe (Copernicus)

Tuesday 27 August 2019 | OBC Transeuropa

The European Drought Observatory gathers and publishes data and maps on past, current and forecasted drought phenomena in Europe. 


Palm oil: Your car’s problem, not your food’s 

Thursday 14 November 2019 | Cristina Suárez
Guillermo Cid
| El Confidencial

Spain has a palm oil problem and it is nothing to do with food. The EU is going to ban the use of the crop in biofuels but Spain continues to import millions of tonnes from countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.


Italy says no to the largest protected area in the Mediterranean  in depth

Monday 04 November 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

A ban on trawling in reproduction areas brings fish stocks back to healthy levels. However, the Italian government is holding back impact assessments, forcing the European Commission to remove restrictions in the Strait of Otranto from the current Mediterranean plan. 


Europe is being paved over 

Wednesday 20 November 2019 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

A large garden, a new road bypass, a carpark built next to the new metro station – our modern lifestyles take up a lot of space. 4.2% of Europe is now artificialized by man. In theory, this leaves 95.8% of nature at peace. But it is more complicated than that.


Should Europe ban large ships?

Tuesday 22 October 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

Cruise ships, tankers, and giant container ships run on heavy fuel oil. On a global scale, sea transport emits nearly a billion tonnes of CO2 each year: five times more than rail, four and a half times less than cars. How to achieve “zero carbon” in shipping by 2050?


Forests of Europe: a stormy future? 

Wednesday 30 October 2019 | Marco Ranocchiari
| OBC Transeuropa

A year after the largest storm in Italy’s living memory, we try to measure its impact. This was no isolated incident – European forests are being hit more violently than ever.


SUVs: climate folly  in depth

Thursday 31 October 2019 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

Heavy and polluting urban SUVs now represent 40% of new car sales worldwide.


Why and how Bulgaria imports waste from other EU countries 

Monday 14 October 2019 | Nikolay Stoyanov
Velina Gospodinova
| Capital

Bulgarian companies import more and more garbage from abroad, but institutional weaknesses seem to offer some scope for circumventing the EU's strict environmental requirements. An investigation into this business.