Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are trafficked each year from Europe, ending up in China and Japan in what is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth," campaigners say.
Air pollution is slowly easing in EU countries but still causes nearly half a million early deaths each year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) says in its annual report.
For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts. But that may be starting to change.
The European Commission is proposing significant cuts in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to make up for the imminent departure of Britain as a financial contributor.
The European Commission has said it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.
US renewables group Invenergy says it has begun arbitration against Poland, claiming it will lose hundreds of millions of dollars after the country reneged on its commitments to build wind farms.