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Commission’s emissions pledge: 8 things you need to know

Commission’s emissions pledge: 8 things you need to know

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen pledged on Wednesday to upgrade the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target from 40% to 55% based on 1990 levels. Here’s what we have learned this week... Read more

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NGOs take Spanish government to court over climate inaction

The Spanish government is to be taken to court for inaction on climate change in an initiative by NGOs which draws inspiration from recent rulings by the Dutch and Irish supreme courts requiring their governments to make greater efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

Climate

Covid-19: Europeans ‘united’ over need for climate-friendly recovery

Large majorities of people in major EU countries are in favour of a ‘green new deal’ to tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but are sceptical that their governments will take the action necessary, according to a new survey

Land

Cross-sector coalition calls on EU farming support to ‘reboot nature’

EU funding for the agricultural sector must be compatible with the European Commission’s biodiversity and farm-to-fork strategies if farmers are to survive the sustainable transition, according to an alliance of nearly 200 politicians, farmers and environmental campaigners

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Timmermans defends change to EU climate target baseline

Counting for the first time CO2 removals by forests and land use in the EU’s emissions reduction target is overdue and would indirectly help to reduce biodiversity loss, vice-president Frans Timmermans has argued after the European Commission was accused of ‘accounting tricks’

Chemicals

Reduce consumption of medicines to cut environmental damage, say MEPs

Europeans need to cut the amount of medication they consume, while physicians and manufacturers should also adopt more responsible practices to reduce their impact on the environment, according to a resolution made by the European Parliament today

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‘Devastating’ species decline: 6 things you need to know

‘Devastating’ species decline: 6 things you need to know

A startling new report from WWF states that monitored global vertebrate populations have seen an 68% decline in 40 years, chiefly due to habitat degradation and destruction. Here’s what you need to know

Chemicals

ECHA’s Bjorn Hansen: ‘There are a lot of chemicals out there whose safety has not yet been demonstrated’

ECHA executive directive Bjorn Hansen speaks to ENDS about the upcoming Chemicals Strategy, fixing REACH’s backlog of missing data and the EU’s need for an integrated approach to assessing substances

Land

Interview: How EU legislation could help save forests worldwide

EU legislation could promote higher environmental standards in supply chains across the world, according to Helen Bellfield, policy director at Global Canopy. But efforts must be ‘targeted’ and exporters of key commodities need support

Climate

Pressure builds to increase 2030 climate target

The European Parliament’s agriculture and industry committees have advised increasing the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target to 55% below 1990 emission levels, 15 points above its current commitment, ahead of a key vote this week

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