State of the Environment report suggests EU heading for disaster

State of the Environment report suggests EU heading for disaster

Pressure on EU leaders to take urgent action on climate change and environmental destruction has increased several notches as the European Environment Agency published the sixth and bleakest edition... Read more

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MEPs demand biodiversity targets, reduced pesticide use

Governments should commit to legally binding targets as part of 'immediate, substantial and additional' action to reverse biodiversity loss, the European Parliament's environment committee agreed on Tuesday while also slamming insufficient efforts to tackle a sharp decline in bee and other pollinator numbers


Hydropower ‘craze’ threatens Europe's last pristine river ecosystems

Aquatic ecosystems have already been decimated by thousands of small hydroelectric dams, and continuing rampant deployment is threatening to destroy Europe's remaining untouched river ecosystems, according to a report


EU risks ‘missing the boat’ on soil health, experts warn

All EU member states are 'highly likely' to miss a 2050 aim for no net land take, while soil quality continues to be overlooked in European policy, an audience heard at a debate on the UN sustainable development goals


EC rejects single ‘green’ spending target in the CAP

The European Commission has criticised a Finnish proposal to establish a single common dedicated share of funding for environmental and climate purposes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), while most member states backed it and asked for further details


Industry calls for a ‘green deal’ for housing

Plans to extend the EU emissions trading system (ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for homeowners and will do nothing to overcome barriers to making homes more energy efficient, an analysis has warned

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