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Forest in Brazil - Joao Tzanno
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EU-Mercosur agreement

This is the first time that the European Parliament has sent such a clear signal that the EU-Mercosur agreement in its present form cannot be ratified by the Parliament. The alarming situation in the Amazon played an important role in the vote.
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Europe's Regions must play key role in EU Recovery Plan

Diana Riba i Giner
Opinion by Diana Riba i Giner
EFA MEP Diana Riba has called for Europe's regions to play a key role in the the EU's forthcoming recovery plan, designed to help the EU's economy and society recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Diana Riba was speaking in the European Parliament's debate on the recen...
©sergio-souza
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Time to put the European Green Deal at the heart of trade policy

Saskia Bricmont Anna Cavazzini
Opinion by Saskia Bricmont & Anna Cavazzini
Trade Commissioner nominee Valdis Dombrovskis faces a packed in-tray. The EU’s trade policy needs a complete overhaul in order to be adapted to the EU’s new sustainability goals and to harness globalisation.
Climate March Sign 'There is no Planet B' / CC0 Markus Spiske
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The European climate targets by 2030

The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in 2015. They all agreed on the core objective of keeping the global average temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Five years later, not one of those 195 countries is in line with its target. We need rapid and radical action…
Fruits and vegetables in a wooden box/ CC0 Shelley Pauls
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Farm to fork strategy

Agriculture is both hugely responsible and affected by climate change. The food we eat, how it’s made and where it comes from plays an important role in the system change that we are fighting for, since our global food system accounts for nearly one third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
iStock
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The EU Commission’s Renovation Wave must put people first

Ciarán Cuffe
Opinion by Ciarán Cuffe
Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and the renovation rate in Europe is a win-win. It’s a chance to tackle poverty, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Ciarán Cuffe, Greens/EFA MEP and rapporteur on the European Parliament’s report: ‘Maximising the energy efficiency of the EU Building stock’.
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Radical transformation of our agricultural system needed, not GMOs

Biodiversity and ecosystems are under extreme threat, with around one million species facing extinction. To avert the worst consequences of runaway climate change, urgent action needs to be taken now.In order to respond to these unprecedented and closely interlinked crises, our food and agricultural systems need to be rapidly transformed.…
Slash and burn amazon ©Matt Zimmerman (CC BY 2.0)
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The Mercosur Trade Agreement: A lose-lose deal

When you go to the official website of the EU-Mercosur agreement, the first sentence you see is: ‘A union of countries working as one to secure the well-being of their people’. This is outrageous when you realise that this agreement will emphasize deforestation, biodiversity loss, land grabbing, violation of human rights and adding to …
©lina-yatsen
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MEPs denounce reports of political espionage

François Alfonsi Diana Riba i Giner
Opinion by François Alfonsi & Diana Riba i Giner
EFA MEP Diana Riba (ERC) has submitted a written question to the European Commission which denounces the revelations of political espionage against leading Catalan politicians, published this week by the Guardian and El Pais newspapers. The initiative has been supported by about fifteen MEPs from...
People standing under solar panels/science-in-hd
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Green hydrogen & renewables

Damien Carême Henrike Hahn
Opinion by Damien Carême & Henrike Hahn
On Wednesday 8 July 2020, the European Commission presented its so-called “Hydrogen Strategy”. Our MEPs Henrike Hahn and Damien Carême, co-chairs of Greens/EFA's Green Industrial Policy Campaign look at why hydrogen will be a key energy source to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. But not any type of hydrogen: green hydrogen only!