# environmental protection

A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at […]

Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
People look at the estuary of the river Sava emptying into the Danube in Belgrade on September 11, 2020. Belgrade is the only European capital to pour unfiltered waste water straight into the continent's second-longest river. Photo: Oliver Bunic / AFP
People look at the estuary of the river […]

Brown Danube: How Belgrade’s sewers taint Europe’s famous river

Just down the road from Belgrade's historic city centre, gates open for trucks to pass to the banks of the Danube, where they dump raw sewage into Europe's venerated river
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, northern England, on February 9, 2020, as flood water covers the roads after the River Calder burst its banks following Storm Ciara. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, […]

Europe flooding period worst in 500 years: study

Europe has been struck by more frequent and widespread flooding in recent decades than at any other time in the past 500 years, according to a sweeping analysis of the continent's flood history
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on June 9, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors. But with arrivals expected to be down by 70 percent this year due to the chaos brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a leap of faith for the small Mediterranean holiday island. (Photo by Etienne TORBEY / AFP)
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsul […]

Europe’s beaches ‘steadily getting cleaner’

Water quality on Europe's beaches has steadily improved in recent years, with the vast majority boasting excellent quality, according to a new survey by the European Environment Agency (EEA)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks alongside Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a press conference after a climate commitee meeting at the Futurium in Berlin on September 20, 2019. Photo: Axel Schmidt / AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a […]

Germany reaches 100 bn euro climate plan deal as protests heat up

German Chancellor Merkel's government reaches a deal on a broad climate plan for the country that commits at least 100 billion euros by 2030 to environmental protection