Analysis and opinion on environmental issues. Updated first of each month.

EEB, Environmental crime is a crime – it’s time to act like it

The legal arsenal to tackle environmental crime is lacking both at national and European level.


1 Mar 2023

Oil majors investing 8 times more in biofuels than hydrogen

Charge that oil producers are not being serious about investing in genuinely clean fuels, but choosing the easy, unsustainable biofuels option


1 Feb 2023

EEB, The Elephant in the Room of EU Climate Action

Emission reductions in agriculture should take explicit priority in the EU’s climate policy


1 Jan 2023

EEA, Energy prosumers and cities

How prosumers (producer-consumers) of renewable energy can help to accelerate the transition to a decarbonisation of society


1 Dec 2022

Peter Lehner and Nathan Rosenberg, “Farming for Our Future: Opportunities Abound”

How agriculture can be transformed to help stabilize our climate.


1 Nov 2022

EEA, Beating cancer – the role of Europe’s environment

A brief overview of the evidence on the environmental and occupational determinants of cancer in Europe and of EU policy responses.


1 Oct 2022

Barry McMullin, Andrew Jackson, Paul R. Price and John Sweeney, “Irish Sectoral Emissions Ceilings under the first Carbon Budget Programme: Flawed both in law and in science”

The Irish government’s flaws in dealing with Sectoral Emissions Ceilings under the first Carbon Budget Programme


1 Sep 2022

EEB/META, World’s First Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders now at the other end of the line

The world’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders under the Aarhus Convention


1 Aug 2022

Methane at Sea: Finding the Invisible Climate Killer

So-called ‘green’ liquid natural gas (LNG) contains significant amounts of invisible methane being released into the atmosphere.


1 Jul 2022

EEA, Europe’s air quality status 2022

The status of concentrations of pollutants in ambient air in 2020 and 2021 by pollutant, with both EU air quality standards and the WHO guidelines


1 May 2022

EEA, Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure

On World Water Day 22 March 2022, an overview of the state of groundwater in the EU


1 Apr 2022

Michael Northrop, “Financing fails to deliver at COP26”

Finance is uniquely positioned to save the planet, but has already financed 1.5֯ C of warming,


1 Mar 2022

An Taisce action on Kilkenny cheese factory planning decision

An Tasice’s role in protecting the heritage and environment of Ireland


1 Feb 2022

T&E, “That inedible dish called the EU Taxonomy”

Trying to preserve the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities and warding off greenwashing


1 Jan 2022

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, “Ethical lobbying in a post-COVID world”

If enough people want to change an approach, want to redefine ethical lobbying in a post-COVID-19, climate-challenged world, then change can happen.


1 Oct 2021

Nick Evans and Matthias Duwe, “The contribution of national advisory bodies to climate policy in Europe (EEA)”

Growing importance of national climate advisory councils across Europe


1 Sep 2021

EEB, “Why EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ is unfit and unfair”

The European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package is high on planet-saving rhetoric but low on ambition.


30 Jun 2021

Transport & Environment, “Electric car batteries need far less raw materials than fossil-fuel cars – study”

An electric vehicle (EV) battery uses up just 30kg of raw materials with recycling compared to the 17,000 litres of petrol burned by the average car.


1 Jun 2021

Kayle Crosson, Some Commentary on Pending Irish Climate Bill

Getting up to speed on the new pending Irish Climate Bill


1 May 2021

Frank Convery and Thomas Sterner, “Framing the Challenge Towards a Deep Climate Collaboration (China, European Union, India, US) – DCC4”

On getting the four largest greenhouse gas emitters (China, the European Union, India and the US) to find ways to collaborate on climate action


1 Apr 2021