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There is no plan b sign during climate march/ CC0 Markus Spiske
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Getting out of the red: The Greenhouse Gas Budget

When the European Union decided to propose a European Green Deal to try and reach the climate targets of the Paris Agreement, they had to start with one important thing: reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission laid out their plans and proposed their own targets. Unfortunately, the targets that have been set are not being backed …
Chalk drawings of colourful houses/ CC0 Miki Fath
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Time for real EU action on housing and assistance for the homeless

Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Kim Van Sparrentak
Earlier this year, the Commission launched a public consultation on its action plan to put the European Pillar of Social Rights into practice. There’s still time to respond and call for action on housing rights in the EU.
Trees in Sequoia National Park/ CC0 Susan Yin
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How Trees Can Stop Climate Change

Trees are literally the lungs of the earth. They act as a ‘carbon sink’ absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into oxygen. After oceans, our forests are the world’s largest carbon sinks.
Cows / CC0 Stijn Te Strake
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It’s (already) time to save the Green Deal

Benoît Biteau Claude Gruffat
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Claude Gruffat
The farming population is in freefall, with Europe having lost 50% of its farmers in 20 years. Consumers are demanding healthier food produced as close to home as possible.
People sitting at a table with laptops/ CC0 Headway
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Put rights and freedoms at the centre of the upcoming Digital Services Act

Patrick Breyer Alexandra Geese Marcel Kolaja
Opinion by Patrick Breyer & Alexandra Geese & Marcel Kolaja
The farming population is in freefall, with Europe having lost 50% of its farmers in 20 years. Consumers are demanding healthier food produced as close to home as possible.
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.