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Environmental pollution

Working towards a cleaner union
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Environmental policy, unlike other political fields, is an area in which the European Union has a comparatively wide array of responsibilities. In some of them the block has tackled problems head-on. One example is plastics, the use of which the EU is keen on limiting. On the other hand critics argue that the EU isn’t very forceful when it comes to issues such as air pollution or eco-friendly agriculture. Will the bloc use its powers more effectively in the future?
While fully electric cars have proved themselves in urban areas, many owners still suffer from "range anxiety" when it comes to long trips. Photo: Jens Schuter / AFP
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EU electric car adventurers should plan carefully

With Europe's electric car owners wondering whether to risk taking their vehicles for long journeys, AFP investigates the pitfalls and joys of long-distance emissions-free motoring
Festival-goers use a urinal on the opening day of the 19th Eurockeennes Festival in Belfort, France, on June 29, 2007. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP / File
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Can pee help to feed the world?

Human urine may seem like a crude way of fertilising plants in the era of industrial agriculture, but as researchers look for ways to reduce reliance on chemicals, some are growing increasingly interested in the potential of pee
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the 2020 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP
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Hybrid cars’ green credentials under scrutiny

Hybrid cars are increasingly popular in the European Union as eco-conscious drivers turn away from their more polluting counterparts, but environmentalists warn they're not as green as they seem
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that industry accounts for almost 40 percent of the world's energy consumption and still overwhelming uses fossil fuels. Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP
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‘Greenwashing’ or genuine?: Behind big businesses’ climate promises

Are big companies making genuine attempts to fight global warming or simply "greenwashing" their brands to try to divert criticism? With COP26 underway analyses show much more can be done
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