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REACH breaches blamed on pandemic driven surge in online shopping

REACH breaches blamed on pandemic driven surge in online shopping

At least 77% of articles reported for non-compliance with chemical rules to the EU’s Safety Gate system came from outside the bloc in 2020, according to an analysis conducted by chemicals industry... Read more

Politics & Law

Interview: How criminalising ecocide could make business leaders think twice about their environmental impact

Interview: How criminalising ecocide could make business leaders think twice about their environmental impact

The idea of treating ecocide as a crime is gathering momentum and corporate decision-makers have as much to fear as some political leaders, Jojo Mehta, director of the campaign group Stop Ecocide International, tells ENDS

Chemicals

In-depth: What you need to know about the EU’s PFAS crack-down

In-depth: What you need to know about the EU’s PFAS crack-down

The European Commission last year proposed banning ‘non-essential’ uses of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, a class of substances found everywhere from takeaway food packaging to electronics. Claudia Delpero examines how future restrictions may work.

Energy

EU Council backs compromise on energy infrastructure reforms

EU energy ministers agreed their negotiating position on reforms to Trans-European Networks for Energy Regulation after a long debate on whether to support upgrading gas infrastructure to carry ‘blends’ of fossil and low-carbon gases.

News in brief: Enel under fire over coal-to-gas switch, ECJ opinion spells trouble for vehicle emissions appeal

In other news this week: Campaigners have hit out at an Italian plan to convert a coal-fired power station to natural gas, NGOs call for a much higher renewable energy target, while the construction industry urges a ‘full decarbonisation of the built environment’.

Climate

Climate action poses threat to biodiversity, IPBES and IPCC warn

“Narrowly focused actions” to address climate change risk harming nature and “vice-versa”, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services warned this week.

Politics & Law

Member states endorse nature-based solutions to climate impacts

EU environment ministers have called to roll out nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change in conclusions adopted on Thursday endorsing the European Commission’s Adaptation Strategy.

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Politics & Law

Blog: Trans-Atlantic climate credibility on the line as Brussels locks down for Biden visit

Blog: Trans-Atlantic climate credibility on the line as Brussels locks down for Biden visit

With US president Joe Biden set to come to Brussels next week, campaigners are hoping for more than just warm words on climate action, as the head of the UN warns we are nearing the point of no return.

Chemicals

Interview: How the EU can turn the tide on hazardous chemicals

Anne-Sofie Bäckar, executive director of advocacy group ChemSec, talks to ENDS about “disturbing” discrepancies in EU chemicals data, tackling the PFAS threat, and what it will take to make good on the promises of the European Green Deal.

Waste

Blog: Conflicting messages on World Environment Day

Ahead of World Environment Day, a rift has opened up over European Commission guidelines to member states on the marketing of single-use plastic items

Politics & Law

Blog: Business (almost) as usual in the Brussels bubble

As coronavirus restrictions gradually ease in Brussels, campaigners are back to making a splash with stunts in the European quarter, while details of what to expect in the major package of ‘fit for 55’ climate announcements in mid-July are becoming clearer.

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The ENDS Europe Infringements Dashboard

The ENDS Europe Infringements Dashboard

UPDATED: Details of more than 90 new infringements have been added to the ENDS Europe Infringements Dashboard, an interactive online tool to help you keep up to date with essential information on environmental infringement proceedings.

Land

IN-DEPTH: Are Europe’s CAP reform plans compatible with the Green Deal?

With MEPs and agriculture ministers coming under fire from green campaigners over their positions on a reformed Common Agriculture Policy. Here’s what is at stake for the environment.

Water

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

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

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