# Environmental pollution

Newly elected mayor of Bordeaux, EELV green party's Pierre Hurmic (C), takes part in a meeting with members of his campaign team on June 29, 2020 in Bordeaux, southwestern France, a day after the second round of the French mayoral elections. (Photo by MEHDI FEDOUACH / AFP)
Newly elected mayor of Bordeaux, EELV gr […]

Confident Greens encroach on traditional European left

With a stunning string of wins in local elections, France's Greens have intensified a Europe-wide trend of ecological forces stealing the limelight on the left from traditional socialist parties
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier flies over the setting sun in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH / AFP)
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier fl […]

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on June 9, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors. But with arrivals expected to be down by 70 percent this year due to the chaos brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a leap of faith for the small Mediterranean holiday island. (Photo by Etienne TORBEY / AFP)
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsul […]

Europe’s beaches ‘steadily getting cleaner’

Water quality on Europe's beaches has steadily improved in recent years, with the vast majority boasting excellent quality, according to a new survey by the European Environment Agency (EEA)
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir -which supplies 30% of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa - during a severe drought on September 14, 2019. Photo: Orlando Sierra / AFP
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir […]

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

New climate models show CO2 is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals out of reach, scientists have told AFP
06.06.2017, Thailand, Bangkok: Plastikmüll liegt am Strand von Ko Sih Chang, einer Insel im Golf von Thailand. Papst Franziskus hat am 01.09.2018 die Menschen dazu aufgerufen, das Meer nicht mit Plastik zu vermüllen. (zu dpa «Papst: Meer darf nicht mit Plastik vermüllt werden»)
06.06.2017, Thailand, Bangkok: Plastikm […]

How plastic makes its way into the ocean

The millions of tonnes of plastic that end up in the world’s oceans pose a threat to marine animals. How does it get there? The following graphic shows a selection of possible sources.
Belgian police officers walk past fire fighters and members of security evacuating Greenpeace activists and taking down a giant banner attached on the front of the European Council's building during a protest action in Brussels, on December 12, 2019 ahead of the European Summit. Photo: Aris Oikonomou /AFP
Belgian police officers walk past fire f […]

Polish holdout mars EU climate target deal

EU leaders have agreed to a target of making the bloc carbon neutral by 2050, but the deal was immediately undermined by Poland's refusal to implement the aim