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EU governments agree to ban pesticide mancozeb from next year

EU governments agree to ban pesticide mancozeb from next year

European governments have agreed to withdraw EU approval for the widely used organic fungicide mancozeb, among the most commonly applied arable crop pesticides of any kind, after a qualified majority... Read more

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Politics & Law

Interview: The Greens’ first Polish MEP talks about the coal phase-out, political independence and the veggie sausage ban

Interview: The Greens’ first Polish MEP talks about the coal phase-out, political independence and the veggie sausage ban

MEP Sylwia Spurek speaks to ENDS about switching from the S&D to the Greens, the prospects for the green movement in Europe’s coal heartlands and the European Parliament’s infamous proposal for a veggie sausage ban

Water

Governments adopt tighter rules on drinking water contaminants

A 'watch list' mechanism to monitor the presence of endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals and microplastics in drinking water moved a step closer to activation on Friday as the EU Council adopted reforms to the Drinking Water Directive previously agreed with MEPs.

Energy

MEPs call for EU to withdraw from Energy Charter Treaty if renegotiations fail

Members of the European Parliament have called on the European Commission to withdraw from the ‘outdated’ Energy Charter Treaty if talks to reform it fail to bring it in line with the Paris Agreement.

Climate

Climate Law: Member states agree position without 2030 target

Environment ministers have finalised their negotiating position on all aspects of the European Climate Law proposal except the enhanced 2030 emissions reduction target, which will return to the heads of government at the European Council in December.

Land

Parliament vote a ‘watershed’ moment in fight to stop EU-driven deforestation

The European Commission must propose rules forcing companies to ensure the products they import into the EU are not linked to global deforestation, MEPs agreed on Thursday as they adopted a parliamentary report calling on the executive to act.

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Blog: CAP reform puts green deal ambition to the test

Blog: CAP reform puts green deal ambition to the test

Was this the week when the aspirations enveloped by the green deal came up against the stone wall of vested interests and realpolitik? Robert Hodgson reports

Transport

Blog: Trains, not planes and automobiles

With the coronavirus pandemic resurging across Europe, and the threat of fresh lockdowns looming, what will it take to keep plans for the European Year of Rail in 2021 on track? Richard Weyndling investigates

Politics & Law

Blog: How a minor rebellion pushed a higher EU climate target over the line

The European Parliament endorsed proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030, from 1990s levels. But the amendment only made it through thanks to a small number of centre-right MEPs. Robert Hodgson explains

Markets & Corporate

Interview: Why sustainable investment still has a mountain to climb

Will Martindale, director of policy and research at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, speaks to ENDS about the role private investors have to play in the EU’s climate goals and how green investment can finally become the norm

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Water

Map: How clean are the EU's bathing waters?

Map: How clean are the EU's bathing waters?

How clean is the water at your favourite swimming site? Click through to view an interactive map with details of the quality of the EU's 22,000 monitored bathing sites in 2019

Politics & Law

14 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in February

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, restriction of hazardous substances and chemicals, plant protection products and rail freight are coming up in January and February

Climate

Bar chart race: Europe's largest CO2 emitters

Click through to view an animated chart showing how European nations have contributed to climate change since 1750

Climate

Policy briefing: the carbon border tax

A key promise made by incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, a carbon border tax would protect EU industries producing goods in a less carbon intensive way than their international competitors. ENDS takes a look at what the proposal might mean in practice

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