EU 'invites' members to practice safe fracking

BRUSSELS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said member states are "invited" to follow a minimum set of guidelines for shale gas exploration.

European waters polluted with nitrates

BRUSSELS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Efforts to cut water pollution from the agricultural sector are making progress but stress on biodiversity is severe, Europe's environment commissioner said.

EU, China agree on joint green agendas

BEIJING, July 19 (UPI) -- European Union and Chinese governments said they agreed to launch a joint environmental policy dialogue with the aim of ensuring a sustainable future.
EU courts China on green agenda

EU courts China on green agenda

BEIJING, July 18 (UPI) -- China and the European Union are natural partners in terms of environmental protection and economic growth, an EU commissioner said Thursday in Beijing.

EU commits funding to low-carbon efforts

BRUSSELS, July 3 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Wednesday it approved funding for more than 200 projects meant to usher in a low-carbon economy.

EU approves compromise on 'shipbreaking' in South Asian countries

BRUSSELS, July 1 (UPI) -- Owners of old European Union-flagged ships will still be able to scrap them cheaply in Asian countries after a compromise on recycling such vessels was struck.

Go green locally, EU says

NANTES, France, June 14 (UPI) -- Green policies at the local level can help with broader goals for European economic recovery without harming the environment, a commissioner said Friday.

Nabucco, TAP near finish, but lots of room in EU

VIENNA, May 30 (UPI) -- A BP-led consortium working offshore Azerbaijan is expected to pick between the Nabucco West and Trans-Adriatic natural gas pipelines next month, though there may be enough room for more than one pipeline in the long term.
DANIEL J. GRAEBER, UPI Correspondent

Jury out on EU gas, commissioner says

WARSAW, Poland, May 14 (UPI) -- Natural gas from shale in Europe is an attractive option for energy, though "the jury is still out" on its potential, an EU commissioner said in Poland.

EU wants to make use of 'green' infrastructure

BRUSSELS, May 7 (UPI) -- The European Commission said it was examining green technology for use in flood protection and urban planning.

Slovenia seeks better water management

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, March 27 (UPI) -- Slovenia, which has some of most abundant fresh water supplies in Europe, should develop new strategies to preserve and protect them, ministers said this week.

Delayed EU phosphorus plans coming soon

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- A delayed strategy to preserve and recycle scarce phosphorus resources will hopefully be coming soon, the European Union's environment commissioner says.

Air pollution concerns European leaders

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The European Union needs better air pollution rules after new research finds more consequences for human health, said Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

Swiss, EU leaders hail mercury treaty

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Swiss and other European leaders this week hailed the adoption of a UN-backed global treaty curbing releases of mercury, known as the Minamata Convention.

EU members chided on air quality progress

BRUSSELS, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Member states are failing to live up to their responsibilities to reduce health-endangering emissions and improve air quality, an EU leader said this week.

EP passes sulfur fuel, efficiency bills

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The European Parliament this week approved stringent new rules for sulphur content in marine fuels as well as a new EU energy efficiency directive.

Disappointed EU cites Rio+20 bright spots

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (UPI) -- The European Union tempered its general disappointment over this weekend's Rio+20 U.N. climate summit by praising its endorsement of a "green economy."

European Union tackles electronic waste

BRUSSELS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The European Parliament says large electronics retailers must take back old equipment, considered "e-waste," without charge to consumers.

Italy gets more time to clean up Naples

NAPLES, Italy, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Italy has been given a two-month extension on a European Union deadline to clean up trash in Naples or face possible sanctions, officials said.

Belgium faces court action over pollution

BRUSSELS, April 6 (UPI) -- Belgium is referred to the European courts for failing to comply with air-quality standards set by the European Union, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Poland, Belgium warned on air pollution

BRUSSELS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Poland and Belgium have two months to respond to claims they aren't meeting European laws on air pollution before the case goes to court, an official said.

EU warns Britain on London air pollution

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government must convince EU officials London will meet European clean air standards if it is to avoid a court case, officials said.

EU, Sweden in debate over wolf hunt

BRUSSELS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The European Union's environment commissioner says he will take Sweden to court over that country's annual wolf hunt, saying it may be illegal under EU laws.

EU calls for environmental review

BRUSSELS, July 6 (UPI) -- The European community needs to make sure its environmental policies are suitable and up to date for all countries in the European Union, a commissioner said.

Report: Italy lags in beach water quality

BRUSSELS, June 11 (UPI) -- Water quality at European bathing beaches has improved in recent years but Italy "has work to do" on its bathing sites, a European Commission report says.
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