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October 2020

Seagulls search for food near a sewage discharge area next to piles of plastic bottles and gallons washed away by the water on the seaside of Ouzai, south of Beirut on July 19, 2018. - Many Lebanese nationals are refraining from heading to the beach this summer after reports about high levels of pollution along the country's Mediterranean coast, despite reassurances from government officials that the beaches remain safe. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Seagulls search for food near a sewage d... […]

Plastic dumped in Mediterranean ‘could double in 20 years’

Nearly 230,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean every year, a figure which could more than double by 2040, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans gives a joint press on the European Climate Law at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 4, 2020. John Thys / AFP
European Commission Vice President Frans... […]

EU environment ministers give partial nod to new climate law

The environment ministers of the European Union support the proposed new climate law to make Europe green by reducing the carbon level but they left it up to government leaders to strike a consensus.
The shadow of a beetle is seen on a back side of a leaf in a garden outside Moscow on August 2, 2019. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP
The shadow of a beetle is seen on a back... […]

EU adopts ‘life insurance’ biodiversity plan

EU environment ministers have adopted a biodiversity strategy aimed at protecting ecosystems, a move deemed essential to tackling climate change and reducing the risk of future pandemics
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing... […]

Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to record a million coronavirus infections, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reports on last week's European summit during plenary session at European Parliament in Brussels on October 21, 2020. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / Pool / AFP
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnie... […]

UK-EU Brexit talks back on as clock ticks to trade deadline

European Union negotiators headed to London on Thursday to resume Brexit trade talks after Britain called off a boycott, with both sides vowing to work round the clock to seal a deal in the time left