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The benefits of playing outside

The benefits of playing outside

26/01/2016

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

 
Best practices in river management

EU plays pivotal role in achieving global climate deal

18/01/2016

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.

Climate action

 
Best practices in river management

Sharing best river-restoration practices

15/01/2016

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

 
In a circular economy waste is an economic resource

Taking Europe closer to the circular economy

06/01/2016

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.

Resource efficiency

 
Marine protected areas bring multiple benefits

Marine protected areas bring multiple benefits

23/12/2015

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

 
20 years of EMAS!

20 years of EMAS!

06/11/2015

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?

Environmental law

 
Waste infringement case offers lessons for all

Waste infringement case offers lessons for all

23/10/2015

The European Commission has just closed a decade-long case against Ireland for multiple and systemic infringement of the EU Waste Framework Directive. 

Waste

 
The view from Ireland

The view from Ireland

23/10/2015

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.

Waste

 
The Eco-innovation Forum – driving international innovation

The Eco-innovation Forum – driving international innovation

14/10/2015

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

 
Saving rare species from traffickers

Saving rare species from traffickers

13/10/2015

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

 
Revising the EU ETS to meet 2030 climate goals

Revising the EU ETS to meet 2030 climate goals

30/09/2015

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.

Climate action

 
Sustainable development for all: a new agenda for 2030

Sustainable development for all: a new agenda for 2030

25/09/2015

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.

International issues

 
Green Leaf award is a growing attraction

Green Leaf award is a growing attraction

10/09/2015

Spain and Portugal share the honours in the 2015 European Green Leaf competition.

Urban, Noise and Health