Environmental pollution

Working towards a cleaner union
Environmental policy, unlike other political fields, is an area in which the European Union has a comparatively wide array of responsibilities. In some of them the block has tackled problems head-on. One example is plastics, the use of which the EU is keen on limiting. On the other hand critics argue that the EU isn’t very forceful when it comes to issues such as air pollution or eco-friendly agriculture. Will the bloc use its powers more effectively in the future?
People look at the estuary of the river Sava emptying into the Danube in Belgrade on September 11, 2020. Belgrade is the only European capital to pour unfiltered waste water straight into the continent's second-longest river. Photo: Oliver Bunic / AFP
People look at the estuary of the river […]

Brown Danube: How Belgrade’s sewers taint Europe’s famous river

Just down the road from Belgrade's historic city centre, gates open for trucks to pass to the banks of the Danube, where they dump raw sewage into Europe's venerated river
A night train of the Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) Austrian railway company stands on a platform at the railway station in Gries am Brenner at the Austrian-Italian border, on February 23, 2020. Photo: Johann Groder / APA / AFP
A night train of the Osterreichische Bun […]

Back on track: Europe’s fading night trains win reprieve

Increasing awareness of the carbon footprint from air travel, coupled with shrinkage in the airline sector due to the coronavirus, mean that night trains may be in line for an unexpected renaissance
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Sih Chang, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: Christoph Sator/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Si […]

Study: most plastics in European waters accumulate on sea floor

A recent study by Oceana, an environmental organization, has found that plastic waste found on the beaches is not to be compared with the amounts of plastic that land at the bottom of the ocean threatening sea life in European oceans.
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
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