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New Euro waste & air quality rules must not be scrapped

According to leaked documents, the European Commission’s new Vice-President Frans Timmermans plans to scrap innovative proposals to increase recycling and reduce waste as well as plans to tackle air pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths. MEPs, industry and NGOs have condemned the move, with the UK’s most influential bodies in the resource […]

Even pessimists see prospect for real climate progress

This time last year, I was recovering from two full-on weeks at the annual climate summit – or CoP – which had just come to an end in Warsaw, Poland. There, in the slightly surreal and wintry setting of the national football stadium, we were plied with pisco sours by this year’s conference host, Peru, […]

Action alert: Tell the UK Govt to bin plastic bags in Europe

. Over a million marine mammals, birds, turtles and fish die every year as a result of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, choking and entangled in man-made litter. The UK Government is opposing concrete binding European targets to reduce single-use plastic bags, one of the most easily tackled forms of marine debris. Every year, […]

Climate change targets – we’re not out of the woods yet!

Last week, two events put climate policy back in the news: the United Nations climate conference in Bonn and the EU Summit on Europe’s 2030 climate and energy targets. In my related post on EIA’s blog, I expressed the hope that UN and EU negotiators would spend the week working towards delivering the best deal […]

China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

EU timber law scorecard highlights failures to act

More than a year after it came into law, the European Commission (EC) has published a scorecard accessing the progress of the 28 member states in implementing the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). After many years of lobbying and discussion, the landmark EUTR came into legal effect on March 3, 2013. A key weapon in […]

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