“Meat Atlas” Exposes Damage Caused by Industrial Livestock Farming

Industrial animal farming is increasingly damaging the climate and biodiversity, according to the ‘Meat Atlas’ just released  by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Friends of the Earth Europe. The livestock industry is responsible for up to 21% of global greenhouse-gas emissions/ This figure is likely to escalate if the global meat and dairy consumption trends continue.   The Meat Atlas…

Industry Alliance Develops Initiative to Tackle Microplastics

Microplastics

A sector alliance that was formed to tackle issues relating to microplastics has completed the next phase of its project to develop a harmonised industry standard for the supply chain. The Cross Industry Agreement (CIA) has revealed the results of a fibre fragmentation trial that has been carried out in advance of establishing a CEN…

Commission Approves €2.7 billion funds for React-EU

EU Regional Funds

The Commission has approved the modification of six Operational Programmes (OP) for the ERDF and the ESF in Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary and Germany under REACT-EU for a total of €2.7 billion.  In Italy, €1 billion has been added to the ERDF-ESF National Operational Programme for Metropolitan Cities.  These resources aim to strengthen the green and digital transition as well…

Huytebroeck Slams Proposed Expansion of Barcelona Airport

Barcelona Airport

A political agreement approving the proposal of the Spanish airport manager AENA to expand the El Prat airport in Barcelona was approved recently. The project aims to an increase of up to 20 million passengers in the coming years.     The European Greens say they reject the expansion project, and express “our strongest opposition…

End to Destructive Fishing Crucial for the Ocean

Overfishing

Responding to the publication of the ‘Physical Science Basis for the Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which unequivocally states that unprecedented CO2 emissions are leading to widespread, rapid and intensifying changes not seen for thousands of years, Our Fish Programme Director Rebecca Hubbard said: “This latest IPCC report is the…

Taxing Green Energy in Ukraine: the Wrong Time for the Wrong Policy

Renewables

While the focus in the EU is on the New Green Deal and making sure that the policies and regulatory framework are in place to help the EU members on the pathway to net zero, on the EU’s borders the commitment to renewables and decarbonisation is less clear, writes Jock Mendoza Wilson.  To the east…

Time Runs Out For Empty Words on Climate Crisis

Climate Catastrophe

Global Witness warns of unthinkable catastrophe unless urgent and systemic action is taken to keep fossil fuels in the ground, end deforestation and hold corporates to account for their impact on the environment and human rights. Following today’s stark warning by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Global Witness is calling for world leaders…

EU Climate Change Strategy

Climate Change

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change is a crucial step towards achieving climate neutrality and resilience by 2050. European civil society strongly supports the Commission’s commitment to strengthening efforts on climate proofing, resilience building, prevention and preparedness. The floods occurring in Western Europe, just weeks after a…