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The Last Straw? EU Official Hints Ban on Single-Use Plastic Across Europe

The Last Straw? EU Official Hints Ban on Single-Use Plastic Across Europe

A top EU official hinted that legislation to cut plastic waste in Europe is coming soon. Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, made the comment after Britain’s environment minister Michael Gove, a pro-Brexiter, suggested that staying in the EU would make it harder for the UK to create environmental laws such […]

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    European Glyphosate Safety Report Copy-Pasted Monsanto Study

    European Glyphosate Safety Report Copy-Pasted Monsanto Study

    Two years ago, the debate over glyphosate‘s link to cancer took a surprising turn when the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) infamously rejected the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s March 2015 classification of the weedkiller as a possible carcinogen. However, new reporting from the Guardian reveals that the European agency’s recommendation […]

    EU Launches In-Depth Investigation Into Bayer-Monsanto $66 Billion Merger

    EU Launches In-Depth Investigation Into Bayer-Monsanto $66 Billion Merger

    The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, announced Tuesday it has opened an in-depth investigation into Bayer‘s proposed $66 billion takeover of Monsanto over “concerns that the merger may reduce competition in areas such as pesticides, seeds and traits.” The controversial merger, if successful, will form the world’s largest integrated seed and pesticide company. […]

    16 European Nations Vote Against GMO Crops

    16 European Nations Vote Against GMO Crops

    The majority of European Union governments voted against a proposal to authorize two new strains of genetically modified (GMO) maize today. The two varieties of maize, DuPont Pioneer’s 1507 and Syngenta’s Bt11, kill insects by producing its own pesticide and is also resistant Bayer’s glufosinate herbicide. If approved, the varieties would be the first new […]

    50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

    50% of EU Residents Could Be Generating Their Own Renewable Energy by 2050

    By Nadia Prupis A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE). birgstockphoto.com The report, The Potential of Energy Citizens in the European Union, finds that over half the […]

    World’s First Self-Driving Bus Drives Flawlessly Through Amsterdam

    World’s First Self-Driving Bus Drives Flawlessly Through Amsterdam

    Could this be the future of public transportation? Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the world’s first autonomous bus—and it actually works. The “Future Bus” just completed its first 12-mile journey “without steering, accelerating and without brake pedal” on public roads in the Netherlands, according to Daimler Buses, the company working with Mercedez-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with […]

    EU Bans Glyphosate Co-Formulant, Restricts Use in Public Areas

    EU Bans Glyphosate Co-Formulant, Restricts Use in Public Areas

    Member states of the European Union voted in favor of a European Commission proposal that limits the use of glyphosate during the herbicide’s 18-month extension granted by the commission last month. Member state experts agreed to the following conditions: A ban of a co-formulant POE-tallowamine from glyphosate-based products Obligations to reinforce scrutiny of pre-harvest use […]

    How Wind Energy Can Conserve Europe’s Water and Save Billions

    How Wind Energy Can Conserve Europe’s Water and Save Billions

    It’s no secret that multiple countries within the European Union have a strong track record in onshore and offshore wind energy. However, the latest report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) frames the advances of wind energy around an issue that won’t disappear anytime soon—water security. EWEA’s Saving Water With Wind Energy begins with statistics […]

    Arctic is Caught in Rapid Melt ‘Death Spiral’

    Arctic is Caught in Rapid Melt ‘Death Spiral’

    TckTckTck By Heather Libby “The record or near-records being reported from year to year in the Arctic are no longer anomalies or exceptions. Really they have become the rule for us, or the norm that we see in the Arctic and that we expect to see for the forseeable future” – Jackie Richter-Menge, U.S. Army […]