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European air quality in 2020: success story for PM2.5

27 Feb 2015

Levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 in Europe will continue to fall in 2020, concludes a recent study. Furthermore, deposition of nitrogen from air pollution will also drop. The outlook seems less positive for ground-level ozone, however, as large amounts of this pollutant continue drift over to Europe from other continents. This study reports on changes […]...
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European Commission takes Greece and Slovenia to Court

26 Feb 2015

In their monthly package of infringements decisions, the European Commission included actions against both Greece and Slovenia for failing to comply with EU environmental obligations. In the Commission’s opinion Greece is failing to ensure that waste water is properly treated and Slovenia is failing to licence industrial installations.   Greece In the EU, Member States need adequate […]...
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EU sets out vision for Paris agreement alongside Energy Union strategy

26 Feb 2015

The European Commission set out the EU’s vision for the new global climate change agreement due to be adopted in Paris in December. The Communication, “The Paris Protocol – a blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020”, is part of a package unveiled by the European Commission as part of the EU’s Energy Union […]...
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Guidance to report on land use, land-use change and forestry emissions

26 Feb 2015

A recent Joint Reseach Centre report finds that EU Member States will face some challenges in meeting the new reporting and accounting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector, both under the Kyoto Protocol and under recent EU legislation. The latest rules (2013-2020) of the […]...
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Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels

25 Feb 2015

A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee last Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. “This has been an enormously challenging […]...
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Final Opinion on Chromium VI in Toys

16 Feb 2015

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published their final Opinion assessing the safety levels of chromium VI in toys. Strict limits on the migration levels of 17 elements, including chromium VI, have long been in place through the EU Toy Safety Directive, and the CE label on […]...
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