Environmental pollution

Working towards a cleaner union
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?
Air pollution obscures the view of the London Eye in central London on April 9, 2015. Photo: Ben Fathers / AFP
Air pollution obscures the view of the L […]

Air pollution costs Europe’s cities 160bn euros a year: analysis

Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs say
The sun reflects off a stream on the dried out riverbed of La Loire river in Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, on July 30, 2020. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
The sun reflects off a stream on the dri […]

80% of Europe’s natural habitats in poor shape: report

More than 80 percent of the EU's natural habitats are in poor or bad condition and more must be done to protect them, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a report
A vegan burger pictured at the international meat industry fair IFFA in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on May 6, 2019. Photo: Daniel Roland / AFP
A vegan burger pictured at the internati […]

Farmers push ‘veggieburger’ label ban in Europe

Angry European farmers are pushing for a ban on calling vegetarian products a "burger" or a "sausage" that they say mislead consumers into thinking certain products contain meat
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 night train of the Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) Austrian railway company stands on a platform at the railway station in Gries am Brenner at the Austrian-Italian border, on February 23, 2020. Photo: Johann Groder / APA / AFP
A night train of the Osterreichische Bun […]

Back on track: Europe’s fading night trains win reprieve

Increasing awareness of the carbon footprint from air travel, coupled with shrinkage in the airline sector due to the coronavirus, mean that night trains may be in line for an unexpected renaissance
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