EU auditors: Over half of EU climate action budget wasted on farmers

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has called for wetland restoration and a reduction in meat consumption as its latest study shows €100bn in EU farming support ostensibly linked to climate action produced no fall in greenhouse gas emissions between 2014 and 2020.

by Robert Hodgson
A pond from old peat cuttings in Schneverdingen, Lueneburg Heath, Lower Saxony, Germany. Farming on drained peatland is a major source of CO2 emissions. Photo: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
A pond from old peat cuttings in Schneverdingen, Lueneburg Heath, Lower Saxony, Germany. Farming on drained peatland is a major source of CO2 emissions. Photo: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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