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Fighting #ClimateScepticism with #ClimateNegligence – Europe’s hollow answer to #Trump

Fighting #ClimateScepticism with #ClimateNegligence – Europe’s hollow answer to #Trump

| September 24, 2018

While the US President keeps making headlines through his upfront climate scepticism, a syndrome of “climate negligence” is silently growing inside Europe, writes Samuel Monthuley. With Donald Trump being elected to the White House, the world has lost a key ally in the battle against climate change. After going from “world laggard to world leader” on […]

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Massive support for the end of the #SolarTradeMeasures

Massive support for the end of the #SolarTradeMeasures

| September 21, 2018

MEPs, associations and NGO’s have voiced their support for the end of the solar trade measures. Photo: Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at a press conference (© European Union , 2018/Lukasz Kobus). Earlier this month the European Commission ended the trade measures on solar panels from China and other Asian countries. In the wake of this decision, a […]

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More #ElectricCars on EU roads by 2030

More #ElectricCars on EU roads by 2030

| September 17, 2018

CO2 emissions from new cars should be cut by 45% by 2030 and market uptake of zero – and low- emission vehicles should accelerate, committee MEPs have said. Environment Committee MEPs proposed setting a higher target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030: 45% (compared to the EU Commission’s 30%) with an […]

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#DrinkingWater – New plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

#DrinkingWater – New plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter

| September 17, 2018

EU countries should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, said the Environment Committee. The legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps for endocrine disruptors Bisphenol A and Beta-estradiol (50-25-2). It also monitors levels of […]

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#AirPollution – EU citizens’ health still not sufficiently protected, warn Auditors

#AirPollution – EU citizens’ health still not sufficiently protected, warn Auditors

| September 17, 2018

EU action to protect human health from air pollution has not delivered its expected impact, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Every year, air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and hundreds of billions of euros in health-related external costs. However, these significant human and economic costs […]

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EU strategy to cut #Plastics waste: More recycling, ban on micro-plastics

EU strategy to cut #Plastics waste: More recycling, ban on micro-plastics

| September 12, 2018

The EU wants all plastic packaging to be recyclable by 2030. MEPs are already discussing a ban on certain single-use plastics. Cheap and durable plastics are widely used , but their soaring popularity has been accompanied by growing amounts of plastic waste and marine litter, which affects the environment and people’s health. Every year about […]

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Trade: Commission decides not to extend trade defence measures on #SolarPanels from #China

Trade: Commission decides not to extend trade defence measures on #SolarPanels from #China

| September 7, 2018

After having been in place for almost five years, the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar panels from China will expire today at midnight. After considering the needs of both producers and those using or importing solar panels the Commission decided it was in the best interests of the EU as a whole to […]

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