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Cinema and advocacy: “A Turning Tide In The Life Of Man” — the citizen lobbying of John O’Brien

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:03:07 +0100

, – This documentary about how a group of struggling Irish fishermen influenced the reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy shows us how another Europe is possible, if citizens mobilise to defend the public interest. See more.



Waste management: What happens to our holiday garbage?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:18 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – In tourist areas across Europe, the waste generated by tourism is managed by recycling and disposal systems that are often inefficient, as data collected in various European countries reveals. See more.






Climate change: Dutch government ordered to cut CO2 emissions

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:27:01 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – See more.



Climate change – on the eve of COP21: How a ‘fiddled’ emissions scheme granted Serbia EU support

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:00:39 +0100

The Guardian, London – Belgrade's emissions pledge ahead of December UN climate conference in Paris has been enthusiastically labeled as 'exemplary' by the European commission. But its scheme will involve a de facto 15% increase in CO2 emissions, warn EU sources. See more.



Climate change – on the eve of COP21: Krakow’s long fight against smog

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 21:15:29 +0100

The Guardian, London – Poles have historically heated their houses with coal and wood. The recent ban on these heat sources will have unprecedented repercussions on health and the economy, the Guardian reports. VoxEurop is joining the divestment campaign launched by the British daily in the run-up to December’s COP21 conference on the environment. See more.






Biotechnology: ‘GMOs: France will be able to say no’

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:50:43 +0100

Le Monde, Paris – See more.



Renewable energy: The Feldheim model

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:56:53 +0100

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich – This village near Berlin is the only place in Germany that is completely autonomous in terms of energy supply. Thanks to wind turbines in their backyard and an independent grid, residents pay minimum prices for electricity. It’s an example for environmentalists everywhere. See more.



COP19 in Warsaw: Poor forecast for the climate

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:02:25 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – The 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference is under way in Warsaw but chances are slim that decision-makers will be able to overcome the current stalemate on reforms to cut the pace of the global warming. A Polityka columnist explains why. See more.



Spain: ‘No one will pay’

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:34:44 +0100

La Voz de Galicia, La Corogne – See more.



Estonia: The Green City not yet on the right track

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:30:38 +0100

Postimees, Tallinn – Despite Tallinn public transport becoming free from January 1, 2013, the number of city residents who use it have failed to increase. Why has this social and ecological experiment not transformed the city? Because town planners forgot to factor in what users actually needed. See more.



Fisheries: Mediterranean stocks running out

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:19:56 +0100

La Repubblica, Rome – See more.



Emissions reduction: Europe is united in failure

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:25:50 +0100

Il Sole-24 Ore, Milan – No European country will achieve the EU's 2020 environmental goals aimed at increasing the production of renewable energy and at lowering CO2 emissions, warns the European Environment Agency. While some argue that the benchmarks were unrealistic, others claim that even limited progress is a step forward. See more.



Romania : MEPs move to oppose Roşia Montana mine

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:00:54 +0100

Adevărul, Bucharest – See more.



Portrait: Isabella Lövin – The MEP who never gives up

Wed, 08 May 2013 14:02:27 +0100

Fokus, Stockholm – Since her election to the European Parliament in 2009, the Swedish MEP Isabella Lövin has pursued just one goal: to stop overfishing. Even if she has to upset the routines of elected officials and throw certain local communities out of work. See more.



Belgium: ‘Contaminated fire extinguishing water claims one life’

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:20:54 +0100

De Standaard, Brussels – See more.



Belgium: ‘Traffic is a bigger polluter than industry’

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:14:25 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – See more.



Biomass: Wood – Europe’s fuel of the future, really?

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:22:22 +0100

The Economist, London – In order to produce energy without further increasing CO2 emissions, what could be easier than using existing furnaces to burn trees that could be replaced as they are used? Although this idea has much financial backing, it is only efficient over the long term. See more.



Poland: Consigning waste to the scrapheap

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:12:01 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – Eager consumers and producers of enormous quantities of waste, Poles are coming under pressure from the EU and will soon convert to a new approach to packaging – the religion of "re": reduction, recycling and reuse. See more.



Shale Gas: Brussels douses hopes of a “revolution”

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:35:52 +0100

Het Financieele Dagblad, Amsterdam – See more.



Baltic: Chemical threat lurking beneath the sea

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:17:03 +0100

Uważam Rze , Warsaw – Thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons sunk in the Baltic Sea after WWII pose a lethal hazard to humans and the environment. After 70 years at the bottom of the sea, the corroded containers risk leaking deadly poisons, warns a Polish journalist. See more.



Netherlands: ‘Starve to death or be shot?’

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:10:03 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – See more.



Food: Close shave

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:14:27 +0100

L’Echo, Brussels – Cartoon. See more.



European Union: Water is first Citizens’ Initiative

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:49:36 +0100

Cinco Días, Madrid – See more.



European Parliament: Tackling the overfishing problem

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:45:34 +0100

Libération, Paris – See more.



Greenland: The wealth that lies beneath

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:54:44 +0100

De Standaard, Brussels – For a long time, prawns were all that Greenland was famous for. However, the melting ice caps mean that natural resources are there for the taking. This development is both a curse and a blessing and one that puts the Danes in a difficult situation. See more.



Renewable energy: Ireland back in the green

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:43:56 +0100

La Repubblica, Rome – After two years of radical austerity the Irish economy is going through an upswing, thanks to new revenue the state is collecting from renewable energy and from taxing fossil fuels and rubbish. See more.



Biofuels: Brussels will have to revise its policy

Tue, 29 May 2012 12:46:22 +0100

Respekt, Prague – To achieve its CO2-emissions goals, the EU encourages biofuel crops to be grown on European farmland that once produced food. The result, though, is that the growing of the food crops is shifting to developing countries – along with the CO2 pollution and biodiversity impacts. Those unintended consequences are forcing the Commission to redraft its laws. See more.



Environment: Statistical fog in battle against CO2

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:07:49 +0100

The Guardian, London – The EU’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions is lauded for being the most ambitious scheme of its kind. But unclear criteria and wayward accounting put into doubt the success of steps taken so far. See more.



Fishing: Western Sahara sinks EU-Morocco accord

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 13:34:06 +0100

El País, Madrid – See more.



Durban conference: Union hampered by its own polluters

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:27:45 +0100

Público, Madrid – The EU has been unable in Durban to reach a common position on greenhouse gas emissions quotas after 2012. The veto of the former communist countries of the EU, who defended the current quotas that are so advantageous to them, is partly to blame. See more.



Pollution: A time bomb under the Northern seas

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:57:45 +0100

Trouw, Amsterdam – The seas around Europe are threatened by a new source of pollution. Thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons will corrode and start to leak. In the Baltic, the possible consequences are being investigated. See more.



Italy: Italian waters still dragged by illegal nets

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:37:22 +0100

La Repubblica, Rome – The EU banned drift nets in 2002 to protect Mediterranean wildlife and paid out compensation to the fishers. But for many of the recipients, the tuna and swordfish fisheries are far too lucrative. And so they are getting around the ban, with the help of the Mafia. See more.



River transport: The Danube is running dry

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:42:43 +0100

NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam – The Danube, Europe's second longest river, is one of the most poorly navigable rivers on the continent. Despite the EU’s Danube Strategy, the summer drought has resulted in even lower water levels, resulting in an enormous traffic jam. See more.



FOOD INDUSTRY: The great fish robbers have got away again

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:57:46 +0100

The Times, London – The EU plans to overhaul its fishing policy to stop complete depletion of our overfished seas. But the weight of industrial lobbies and the short-sightedness of some member states will make this a hard task. See more.



Climate change: Poland cold to more CO2 reductions

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:43:15 +0100

Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw – See more.



CO2: Bleak prospects for climate, warns IEA

Mon, 30 May 2011 11:39:49 +0100

The Guardian, London – See more.



Sweden: Europe’s happy rubbish collectors

Mon, 23 May 2011 17:59:14 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – While some local authorities are struggling to cope with the burden of domestic waste, their colleagues in other countries see it as an opportunity for financial gain. Polish weekly Polityka reports on Sweden’s booming waste industry. See more.



ICELAND: Europe under threat from new eruption

Mon, 23 May 2011 14:13:32 +0100

Morgunblaðið, Reykjavík – See more.



Environment: Green energy — but not in my back yard!

Fri, 06 May 2011 09:42:49 +0100

Il Post, Milan – Odd as it may seem, the main victims of environmental conservation appeals are not nuclear power plants or incinerators, but the hydroelectric power stations, solar energy installations and wind farms much-loved by the Green and ecologically minded. See more.



Biodiversity: Brussels wants to save the animals

Wed, 04 May 2011 14:06:47 +0100

El Periódico de Catalunya, Barcelona – See more.



Portrait: Power, not nuclear

Mon, 02 May 2011 17:36:23 +0100

VoxPublica.ro, Bucharest – Founder of one of the first cooperatives for producing renewable energy, Germany’s Ursula Sladeck has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in the United States. See more.



Lithuania: Rubbish champions

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:43:32 +0100

Veidas, Vilnius – Each year, every Lithuanian throws out 500 kilos of household waste and “forgets” to sort the recyclables. Slowly, though, attitudes are starting to change. See more.



Spain: The illuminati of Europe

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:59:26 +0100

El Periódico de Catalunya, Barcelona – See more.



Environment: Fish quota system to be overhauled

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:58:22 +0100

The Guardian, London – See more.



United Kingdom: Companies spy on environmentalists

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:00:36 +0100

The Guardian, London – See more.



Spain: Cities gasping for air

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:59:17 +0100

Público, Madrid – See more.



Environment : Europe devours Amazon, claims NGO

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:15:25 +0100

Público, Madrid – See more.



CO2: Hackers steal €200 million of carbon credits

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:14:22 +0100

Libération, Paris – See more.