Politics & Law

Blog: Hollywood provides backdrop to plea for EU to follow the science on ...

A crow perches on a dead tree in a forest near Kuhmo in northeastern Finland, October 2021. The Nordic country has been heavily criticised over its forestry policies. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images

A group of MEPs looked to Hollywood this week for inspiration as they discussed what the future holds for the EU’s forests.

Waste

Blog: Future of packaging market all to play for as EU rolls out waste policy reforms

Bottles awaiting recycling at a centre in London, August 2021. The Commission intends the amont of packaging that is either reused or recycled. Photo: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

The question of how to deal with the EU’s rubbish mountain dominated the agenda this week, while MEPs made it increasingly clear it will have to be dealt with at home.

Politics & Law

Blog: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Gray wolves in the snow at a wildlife park in northern Norway, 2020. Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

As wolves make a comeback across Europe, MEPs want to loosen legal protections they say are putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But not everyone is convinced.

Climate

COP27: Panic, propaganda, parsimony, protest and… sewage – a week in Sharm El Sheik

Young protesters demanding climate reparations payment from rich to poor countries affected by loss and damage, in Sharm El Sheikh, 11 November. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ministers are set to arrive at the Egyptian beach resort next week to try and unblock talks on loss and damage, the most controversial part of this year’s climate summit, with rich and poor countries still far from a deal.

Climate

Mitigation, adaptation and… migration: the missing link in the climate debate

Europe must start considering how to provide a safe haven for people pushed out of their homes by an increasingly extreme climate, according to a recently published book.

Energy

Blog: Is solar energy from space more than just a pipe dream?

Large installations of solar panels in space could provide an “important fraction of the electricity needs of Europe by 2050”, say studies commissioned by the European Space Agency. Not everyone is convinced.

Energy

Blog: EU stands at a watershed in energy policy

As energy ministers prepare to discuss emergency measures to tackle Europe’s gas crisis, Green MEPs are pushing for a major increase in the bloc’s renewable energy target.

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