More outdoor green spaces can improve cognitive development in European primary schoolchildren, EU-funded researchers have confirmed in a ground-breaking new study.
Urban, Noise and Health
History was made in Paris in December 2015, when 195 countries united to adopt the first-ever global legally binding agreement to tackle climate change, with the European Union playing a pivotal role.
December 2015 was the wettest month ever recorded in the UK, with widespread flooding. Restoring rivers to their natural flow instead of straightening them or building flood defences can alleviate or even prevent flooding. A database of river-restoration practices funded by the LIFE programme contains a wealth of good examples
Funding and LIFE
The Commission's new Circular Economy Package will encourage businesses and consumers to switch to a more circular economic model, where resources are used in smarter way. It aims to generate sustainable growth and create new jobs by addressing a range of different economic sectors.
Significant progress has been made in establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in Europe’s seas, bringing benefits for both the environment and the economy.
Water, Marine and Coast
The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a voluntary environmental management instrument, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. What’s the key to its longevity?
The European Commission has just closed a decade-long case against Ireland for multiple and systemic infringement of the EU Waste Framework Directive.
Ten years ago, the European Court of Justice found Ireland guilty of systemic failures in complying with the Waste Framework Directive. Pat Fenton, environment attaché at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, looks back at a case he worked on from the start.
Eco-innovation has a key role in delivering the European Commission’s upcoming circular economy strategy. Meetings like the Eco-innovation Forum can help pioneer resource-efficient growth through international collaboration.
Industry and Technology
By joining CITES, a global agreement designed to halt the illegal trafficking of wild plants and animals, the EU is doing its bit to protect more than 35 000 endangered and iconic species.
Nature and Biodiversity
The European Commission has unveiled its proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system (ETS), to take effect from 2021. This will speed up the pace of emission reductions and help the EU meet its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 % by 2030.
On 25-27 September, the international community came together in New York to put their final seal of approval to a historic new global framework for sustainable development.
Spain and Portugal share the honours in the 2015 European Green Leaf competition.
Urban, Noise and Health