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What if ‘rewilding’ could help reverse biodiversity loss in Europe? [Science and Technology podcast]

Biodiversity is in crisis across the globe: species extinctions and a loss of nature occurring at rates unprecedented in human history, and with the EU no exception, our biodiversity and the essential value it brings are under threat. Could ‘rewilding’ help restore Europe’s nature? Continue reading

Consumers purchasing electric appliances [What Europe does for you]

Electrical appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines are found in almost every European home, along with dryers, freezers, dishwashers and small appliances such as toasters and kettles. Continue reading

Water Legislation : Cost of Non-Europe Report

Written by Thomas Zandstra, Infographic by Eulalia Claros This ‘Cost of Non-Europe’ study examines the state of implementation of current EU Water Legislation and identifies the cost of the lack of further European action in this field. The assessment made of existing water legislation confirms that there are still implementation gaps and areas of poor performance. … Continue reading

UN climate talks in Lima – more than hot air?

Written by Gregor Erbach The 20th UN climate change conference, which starts today (1 December) in Lima, will focus on preparing a new global climate agreement, applicable to all countries. It is to be adopted a year later at the following conference in Paris. Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, represents the … Continue reading

Dr Rajendra Pachauri (IPCC) in the European Parliament

Written by Geoff Archer Event panel members: Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC; Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation; Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Vice President responsible for STOA; Dr Paul Rübig MEP, Chairman of STOA; Eva Kaili MEP, 1st STOA Vice Chair. The European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) hosted, with … Continue reading

La libéralisation des services portuaires européens: un état des lieux

Written by Ivana Katsarova En tant que points d’accès au continent européen, les quelque 1 200 ports maritimes jouent un rôle de premier plan à la fois pour le secteur européen des transports et pour la compétitivité de l’Union européenne (UE). Ils disposent, par ailleurs, d’un important potentiel en matière de création d’emplois et d’attrait pour les investisseurs. … Continue reading

Reform of EU emissions trading system (EU ETS)

Citizens occasionally write to the European Parliament asking about the functioning and the recent reform of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS).   The EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) is a cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The … Continue reading

Eco-efficient transport and modern energy solutions

As fossil fuels become scarcer and more expensive, and as the threat of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions increases, it is ever more important to consider alternatives in the fields of energy and transport. STOA is the Science and Technology Options Assessment body,which provides independent scientific advice to the European Parliament. STOA has … Continue reading

STOA: providing scientific advice to the European Parliament

STOA is the Science and Technology Options Assessment body, established in 1987 and now part of the European Parliament Research Services Directorate General. STOA provides Members and Committees of the European Parliament with independent, science-based evidence for policy making. It carries out projects to assess the impact of introducing or promoting new technologies and the … Continue reading

Circular economy

According to the new EEA Signals 2014 “we often extract limited resources faster than the planet can produce them, turn them into products using environmentally harmful processes and then discard these products after a limited period of use”. This “take-make-dispose” approach is thus high resources consuming and results in the production of huge amounts of … Continue reading

Reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags

Europeans use about 100 billion plastic carrier bags every year. Some of these are dropped as litter, ending up in the environment, where long-lasting plastics accumulate and harm wildlife. Most EU Member States have initiatives to curb the use of plastic bags. A proposed EU Directive aims to encourage and enable action by all Member … Continue reading

Fluorinated greenhouse gases

6 language versions available in PDF format Fluorierte Treibhausgase Gases fluorados de efecto invernadero Gaz à effet de serre fluorés Gas fluorurati a effetto serra Fluorowane gazy cieplarniane Fluorinated greenhouse gases Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), which are widely used in heat pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, account for a growing proportion of EU greenhouse-gas … Continue reading

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