Pollution

‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently 

Monday 10 February 2020 | Florence Schulz
| Euractiv

Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment, but figures from 2018 say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. 


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.


Is the EU carbon market serving its purpose?

Tuesday 10 December 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

The EU emissions trading system has reached its 2020 reduction target as early as 2017. But it still needs to fix one problem to be truly efficient. 


Greenhouse gas emissions (ICOS)

Thursday 19 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The Integrated Carbon Observation System publishes reference data on greenhouse gas emissions. 


The top 100 European places where Dieselgate kills the most   in depth

Wednesday 04 April 2018 | Stefano Valentino
| MobileReporter
VoxEurop

Excess diesel emissions produce a tiny portion of harmful dusts. Yet, they cause dozens of deaths in Europe’s highly populated road traffic hotspots.


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?


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.


Diesel cars in the doghouse  in depth

Wednesday 17 January 2018 | Artur Włodarski
| BiQdata

Despite the Dieselgate scandal, diesel-fueled cars are still the most popular in Europe. A trend that is slowly changing, as governments and the public opinion are starting to grasp with their impact on public health.


Cold housing and polluted cities? Something is changing in the Balkans 

Tuesday 05 March 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Many citizens of south-east Europe cannot afford to properly heat their own homes. The impact on health and air pollution is serious, but energy poverty has recently begun to decline.


The Balkans (and Europe) are choking on coal pollution 

Friday 29 March 2019 | Maria Giulia Anceschi
| OBC Transeuropa

The 16 coal power plants in the western Balkans cause as much pollution as the 250 plants active within the European Union. The health impact is severe, and not just within the region.