Category Archives: Environment

Brexit and the fishing industry

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The implications of Brexit for the fishing industry are highly uncertain.  Prior to the introduction of a new Fisheries Bill, the House of Commons Library has produced a briefing paper entitled “Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?” on how negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy may affect fishing in the UK.  It is available here.

An earlier briefing paper by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) called Implications of leaving the EU: Fisheries examines issues for the Scottish sea fishing sector.  It is available here.

NATURE@work – photography competition

What does nature mean to you?  To highlight the important role nature plays in all our lives The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a photography competition ‘NATURE@work’, which invites you to capture how nature benefits you.

The  competition is open to all European citizens over the age of 18 and invites them to submit photographs that illustrate any of the following three themes:

  • NATURE provides:
  • NATURE protects:
  • NATURE inspires:

The winners in each category above will be awarded a cash prize. The closing date is 15th August 2017. Find out more here.

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change

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Earlier this week the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its report on Brexit: environment and climate change recommending key actions to ensure the environment is as well protected post Brexit as it is now.

The report discusses how policies and standards relating  to the environment and climate change are deeply embedded in EU Law and points out the complexity and scale of the task ahead.

Aberdeen University staff and students can access the full report on Public Information Online here.

Improving the implementation of European environmental policy

If you are interested in how EU environmental policies and laws are put into practice across Europe and seeing where there are implementation gaps, you may wish to have a look at the European Commission’s new tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law called The Environmental Implementation Review.

While the review shows that that environmental policies in general work, it identifies the most pressing  implementation gaps across EU Member States are in waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality.

Country reports are available showing national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses. Summary national factsheets are also available for each Member State. The one for the UK is available here

The European Commission has produced this short video below.

 

 

New European Commission interactive infographic: cleaner air for all

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Infographic detail © European Commission

The European Commission have released a new infographic highlighting the causes and consequences of air pollution and the steps the Commission proposes to take in order to tackle the issue. See the explanatory text from the Commission below and click here to view and interact with the infographic.

Every year, more than 400,000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes diseases such as strokes, asthma and bronchitis. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, impacting both vegetation and wildlife: almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems are threatened by the effects of air pollution. This interactive infographic explains how the European Commission proposes to address air pollution in Europe. Among others, the infographic explains what the main air pollutants and their effects are, where air pollution comes from, what action needs to be taken and what the benefits would be. All the graphics included in the infographic can be downloaded as image files.

Annual compilations of LIFE environmental programmes published

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LIFE is the EU’s financial mechanism supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects in the EU.  The successful projects for last year fall into four categories.  Click on the links below to find out more.

One of the supported projects is TRiFOCAL London Transforming City Food Habits for Life on ways to promote a reduction in food waste.

The European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library receives some LIFE publications in hard copy.  Recent titles include:

Natura 2000 Awards Finalists Announced

natura2000The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards  celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.

If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats.  Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.

The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film (in French) below.

Two UK projects shortlisted for the 2015 Natura 2000 Awards

Natura 200 Awards

The Natura 2000 Award 2015 finalists have been announced. Out of 93 applications, 23 projects have been short-listed, two of which are UK projects. They are the Alde-Ore Future for Wildlife and the IUCN UK Peatland Programme. There are five category awards on offer, plus the Citizens’ Award (voted for by the public), to be presented at the ceremony on 21st May, in Brussels.

This will be the second Natura 2000 Awards, and the first one that allows members of the public to vote. If you’d like to get involved, you can vote for a project here and if you’d like to attend the awards ceremony you can register your interest here.