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EU bans pesticides linked to brain damage

Member state representatives have voted to ban two neurotoxic pesticides following warnings from the European Food Safety Agency that they do not meet the criteria for having their licences renewed

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Climate activists accuse EU of blocking access to justice

A group of activists attempting to force the EU to adopt more ambitious climate targets has accused the European Parliament and EU Council of “pushing citizens out” of the bloc’s legal jurisdiction


Scientists in last ditch bid to defend Water Framework Directive

The EU's main legislation for protecting freshwater ecosystems must not be weakened by a current policy review, according to a statement signed by some 500 scientists and a dozen international organisations representing thousands more


Mediterranean countries agree to reduce sulphur emissions from ships

After years of negotiations, Mediterranean countries have agreed to designate the region as an Emission Control Area at the International Maritime Organization in order to reduce air pollution from shipping


Water sector must move towards circular economy, argue EU regulators

Europe’s water sector must embrace greater environmental sustainability, place more emphasis on water reuse and be better at informing and involving citizens, regulators said at their first forum in Rome on Tuesday

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Interview: EEA head Hans Bruyninckx on the European Green Deal, the EU budget and eco-friendly ‘creative destruction’

Interview: EEA head Hans Bruyninckx on the European Green Deal, the EU budget and eco-friendly ‘creative destruction’

With the European Environment Agency warning that time is running out for Europe to address the ever worsening climate and environment crises, executive director Hans Bruyninckx tells ENDS he is optimistic about the new European Commission, with the planned European Green Deal showing ‘a real shift in emphasis’


Interview: Climate Investment Funds head Mafalda Duarte on batteries, the green taxonomy and the need for EU climate leadership

Mafalda Duarte, head of Climate Investment Funds, talks to ENDS about the latest green technology shifts, the state of international climate finance and the EU's potential to be a global climate leader


Interview: CAN director Wendel Trio on COP25, Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion

Climate Action Network director Wendel Trio tells ENDS that time is running out for Europe to take the lead in global talks, and why established NGOs and street protesters both have a role to play in forcing politicians to act


9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in December

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, restriction of hazardous substances and chemicals, safety on ships, and the recast Electricity Directive are coming up in December

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