Environment

Plastic pollution increasing at the top of the Earth  in depth

Friday 25 January 2019 | Martin Breum
| EUobserver

Increasing amounts of plastic pollution have been detected in Europe's most northern Arctic regions, but the overwhelming majority of litter stems from other parts of the world.


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.


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.


Forest fires in Europe

Wednesday 25 July 2018 | OBC Transeuropa

The European Forest Fire Information System provides users with rich, fine-grained and constantly updated information on wildland fires in Europe, including forecasts and trends.


Auditors raise alarm over air pollution in Europe  in depth

Friday 15 February 2019 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver

Seven out of eight audited EU countries "have not effectively implemented" a decade-old directive on air quality rules, according to a report published at the end of January.


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.


Flagging efforts in Europe 

Tuesday 29 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Renewable energy continues to grow in Europe, but increasingly slowly. Certain EU states may find it difficult to keep their 2020 commitments.


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.