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Illegal refrigerants cause rise in GHG emissions in Europe

The European Union passed a law in 2013 that put limits on fluorinated gases used as refrigerants. New evidence shows that illegal imports of refrigerants containing fluorinated gases coming from China are flooding Europe, increasing GHG emissions.

EU to require all EVs to make artificial sounds below 12 mph

All new model electric vehicles (EVs) in the European Union are now required to make artificial noise under certain conditions. Acoustic Vehicle Alerts Systems (AVAS) will be mandatory on all hybrid and electric EVs by July 2021.

EU sets out plans for giant biometric database

The European Union is to go ahead with developing a giant biometric database, containing information pertaining to EU and non-EU citizens. The objective is to use the searchable system to assist with crime, border control and inward migration.

Costs and complexities mount as companies prepare for Brexit

Most companies in the U.K. are facing Brexit challenges, from small enterprises to big corporations. In the context of continuing uncertainty, different companies are having to put in place varying strategies to prepare for the exit from the E.U.

Trump tariffs casting large shadow over European car industry

President Donald Trump recently threatened to slap a 25 percent tariff on European car imports, aiming to punish the E.U. for what Trump claims are “very tough” restrictions on U.S. goods.

European Union invests €1.75 billion in microelectronics research

The European Union has committed to making a major tranche of investment in micro-electronic research and development, pledging to fund the industry to the tune of €1.75 billion.

Europe urged to end all petrol and diesel car sales by 2030

In order to address global warming, a new report calls on the European Union to end all petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 across all member states. This is seen as the only way to meet the Paris agreement.

What the Copyright in the Digital Market EU proposal means Special

This month the European Parliament approved amendments to the controversial Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the Internet age. Lawyer Ron Moscona offers an insight.

EU directive to use wood as fuel source will increase emissions

Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications.

Ford Focus may not be the last casualty of Trump trade war

Ford has announced that it’s abandoning plans to sell the Focus Active — which the company makes in China — in the United States because of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

No deal Brexit will impact science and research

The effect of a no-deal Brexit on U.K. science could be worse than previously thought. This is based on a new report which shows that U.K. researchers could lose access to most European Union funding.

FDA approves 'Natural Cycles' birth control app

The FDA has now granted marketing approval to an app that tracks a user's temperature and menstrual cycle in order to determine which days they are fertile and which days they aren't.

Europe launches four more Galileo satellites today

Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Wednesday, taking the number in orbit to 26 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system.

EU will launch retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports on Friday

Brussels - The European Union triggered the first phase of retaliation against the U.S. over import tariffs imposed for national-security reasons. Making good on its threat to hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs, the 'First Phase of Retaliation' begins on Friday.

Op-Ed: Trump brings his 'broken record' rants against G7 to Canada

U..S. President Donald Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum against some of his country's closest allies have set the stage for a potentially combative G7 leaders summit this weekend.

Trump hits Canada, Mexico and EU with tariffs on steel, aluminum

President Trump has announced he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Is it time for European businesses to learn to love GDPR?

According to a new review, instead of being something to worry about, the European GDPR provides new opportunities for businesses to keep customers happy, improve brands, and to improve business analysis.

European Union bans all outdoor uses of neonicotinoids

In a landmark decision, the European Union (EU) has announced a near-total neonicotinoids ban. Neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, have long been shown to hurt bee populations.

AI tool for GDPR compliance

A new artificial intelligence solution has been developed to help companies keep control over the requirement of the forthcoming European GDPR regulation. The software is called the MinerEye Data Tracker.

The little understood process of carbon capture and utilization

Responding to a push from industry, the European Union seems to be set on exploring ways to recycle carbon dioxide, through a technique called carbon capture and utilization (CCU). However, most of us know little about this technology.

Ireland joins three other EU nations in banning fracking

Ireland is now set to ban fracking after its Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that outlawed the controversial practice. Ireland now joins three other European Union countries - France, Germany, and Bulgaria - to ban fracking on land.

European Union mulls making end-to-end encryption mandatory

The European Parliament has proposed that end-to-end encryption should be used to protect all forms of online communication. The legislation would outlaw "backdoors" in software and seek to extend the digital privacy rights of EU citizens.

EU energy companies pledge no new coal-fired plants after 2020

Brussels - In a surprise announcement made at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, energy companies from nearly every European Union nation, represented by Euroelectric, have committed to outlawing the construction of new coal-fired power plants by 2020.

EU plans an extensive review of proposal to ban American lobsters

In a move that could hurt American and Canadian lobster fisheries, the European Union is conducting an extensive review of a proposal to ban lobsters imported from the U.S. and Canada.

EU to rollout ultrafast 100Mbps broadband across Europe by 2025

The European Union is planning to set ambitious new targets for universal Internet connections over the next decade. It wants to see everyone in Europe able to access 100Mbps ultrafast broadband by 2025, allowing for new online experiences.

Op-Ed: UK's Brexit vote will undermine environmental regulations

Reverberations from the Brexit vote continue to be felt in just about every aspect of life in the UK, EU and for that matter, around the world. But the environment was low on the list of priorities for voters in their decision to leave the EU.

Op-Ed: Libyan GNA permits EU training of the Coast Guard

Tripoli - Libya has given the European Union permission to begin training its coast guard to help stem the flow of immigrants from Libya to Europe.

British entertainment stars back remaining in EU

As the U.K.'s big decision on June 23 creeps closer, a host of film, music and television personalities have come out in favor of the U.K. staying part of the European Union.

Op-Ed: Legacy of corrupt governance haunts European ambitions of Belarus

Minsk - As Belarusian state policy is to forge ties with Europe, Europe should respond by pressuring the government to strengthen good governance; highlighting human rights issues, systemic corruption, and rampant smuggling across EU borders.

Will leaving the EU affect British science?

London - The U.K. referendum taking place in June on whether to leave the European Union is being discussed on many levels, from economic to nationalistic. Recently it was the turn of science: will British science be better or worse in or out?
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