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Ecological transition: the ECB and budgetary authorities referred to their responsibilities

By Michael Vincent / 4 December, 2018

The 2018/19 European Semester, which coordinates the member states’ economic policies every year, has just been launched. This provides an opportunity to question the contribution of the mix of monetary and budgetary policies to the ecological transition. Paradoxically, it appears it is the ECB that is most advanced in this...

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Will the 2018 heatwave reignite the climate change debate?

By Jean Pascal van Ypersele / 28 October, 2018

While Europe was baking in this summer’s heatwave – a consequence of climate change that no-one talks about, but which should be on everyone’s mind – Belgian physicist and climatologist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is not impressed by the efforts of politicians, not least the European ones.   Progressive Post: The...

Air Pollution in Paris

The ongoing fight for clean air is above all a social issue

By Kathleen Van Brempt / 8 June, 2018

According to the European Environmental Agency (EEA), exposure to air pollution throughout the EU causes around half a million premature deaths. Air pollution is first and foremost a social issue. It is the most vulnerable and the more socially disadvantaged groups who are suffering the most: young children, pregnant women...

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Improving the air that we breathe

By Teresa Ribera / 8 June, 2018

“Every breath you take, matters,” said Beijing citizens in the wake of the ‘Blue Skies Diplomacy’ undertaken by the Chinese Government ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that they hosted in 2015. You can “see” pollution in Delhi or Beijing. And, sometimes, you also “see” it in...

What protection is there for ‘climate refugees’?

By Hocine Zeghbib / 5 February, 2018

Global warming and environmental degradation are leading to the forced relocation of millions of people, which, for ease of reference we shall refer to as ‘climate refugees’. Should substantive law, which is unsuitable to protect them, be amended, be totally reconstructed or replaced with pragmatic solutions?   Proven inapplicability of...

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France’s continued pursuit of civil nuclear power is proving dangerous for Europe

By Benjamin Dessus / 11 December, 2017

In Europe, where nuclear power capacity has been declining since the early 2000s (from 31% of total electricity produced in 2005 to 25% in 2015), France alone produces 53% (not including Britain in the calculations). While crucial for France given that 75% of its electricity supply comes from this sector,...

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EU leadership the best response to Trump climate challenge

By Stephen Minas / 14 July, 2017

President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change has been a long time coming, and the European Union is well prepared. While the United States is not legally able to withdraw from the Paris Agreement until November 2020, Trump’s announcement has multiple...

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Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear

By Charlotte Billingham / 13 July, 2017

The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement rocked world news. Global leaders quickly reacted with strong public messages and civil society was keen to show its disappointment. However it was something he had always said he would do during...

An Enlightened Industrial Policy for Europe

By Tomas Wyns / 5 October, 2016

At a time when belief in the European Union as a project for peace and prosperity is challenged, an enlightened industrial policy that matches reducing greenhouse emissions with improving competitiveness could give oxygen to Europe’s workers and entrepreneurs. It can become the foundation of a new prosperous and low-carbon age...