EU Broke Air Pollution Limits in 2020 Despite COVID

EU Broke Air Pollution Limits in 2020 Despite COVID

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The European Environment Agency (EEA) found that a majority of EU countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year — despite COVID-19 lockdowns. In addition, 17 EU countries failed to stay below ozone pollution targets, which directly influence global warming; and eight EU countries failed to stay […]

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Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study reports that record-breaking flooding that killed 220 people in Western Europe earlier this summer was made between 1.2 and 9 times more likely as a result of climate change. Researchers warn that as the Earth continues to warm, these devastating floods will become more frequent and intense. […]

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The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

The Mediterranean, A Wildfire Hotspot

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Fueled by drought and scorching temperatures, the Mediterranean area is now regarded as a “wildfire hotspot,” according to European Union scientists. Turkey is experiencing its most intense fires on record, where 11 fires in six provinces still are burning out of control. Yesterday, one fire spread into a coal-fired […]

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It’s Getting Hot in Europe, Too

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer It’s not just the U.S. experiencing dangerous climate change-fueled heatwaves this week. Eastern Europe and Siberia are also experiencing temperatures that residents and infrastructure aren’t prepared to endure. This month, Moscow temperatures hit around 95 F, highs the city hasn’t experienced since 1901. Other capitals across the region like […]

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The Mediterranean Is Turning Tropical, That’s a Problem

The Mediterranean Is Turning Tropical, That’s a Problem

The Mediterranean Sea, one of the world’s most important bodies of water, is rapidly changing as a result of climate change. A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund warns that with temperatures going up 20% faster than the global average, and sea level rises expected to exceed one meter by 2100, the Mediterranean is […]

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Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS:  As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]

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