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Fewer Russian sites polluting Baltic Sea – report29 Jul 2014 Three pollution hotspots in Russia are no longer a significant problem and could be removed from a list of sources affecting the region, says Helcom
Greek landfill breaches EU law, court rules17 Jul 2014 Greece has breached EU law by keeping open an overfull landfill that is harming beaches used by endangered turtles, the European court has ruled
NOx from new Euro VI vehicles varies - study11 Jul 2014 Lorries used for long-distance journeys emit fewer emissions than buses and vehicles used for distributing goods in urban areas, the Dutch study finds
Lower emissions ceilings are not enough30 May 2014 The EU's air quality package will not deliver the improvements Europe’s atmosphere desperately needs, says Professor Roy Harrison
Beware of biodiversity offsetting craze25 Mar 2014 Although it looks like a promising nature protection tool on paper, Hannah Mowat of NGO FERN warns offsetting may lead to net loss of biodiversity
Liability directive needs time to succeed4 Jul 2013 Revising the Environmental Liability Directive following next year’s review of the 2004 law would be premature, says consultant Barbara Goldsmith
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2030 energy efficiency target
EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger presented the executive’s proposal of a 30% energy saving target for 2030 on 24 July.
Mr Oettinger believes there is a good chance the European Council will back the goal in October, along with CO2 reduction and renewables targets.
Member states must also decide whether the target should be legally binding as the Commission document is silent on this issue.
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