The EU vision for plastic-free oceans
12 Apr 2018 – 15:59 | No Comment

The European Commission has launched its plastics strategy, setting out an agenda to make all packaging recyclable by 2030, reduce single-use plastics and ban microplastics. European Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella outlines his plan to …

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European Bioplastics welcomes first plastics strategy in Europe
12 Apr 2018 – 15:53
European Bioplastics welcomes first plastics strategy in Europe

The European strategy for plastics, published on January 16, 2018 by the European Commission, sets clear goals to curb plastic waste, increase resource efficiency and create value and job growth in Europe. François de BIE, Chairman, …

Public policy interventions are urgently needed to tackle cardiovascular disease
12 Apr 2018 – 15:10
Public policy interventions are urgently needed to tackle cardiovascular disease

Despite the abundance of scientific evidence on the damaging effects of unhealthy food, inadequate diets have continually remained the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the number one killer in the EU accounting for …

Make two wheels part of the solution
12 Apr 2018 – 12:20
Make two wheels part of the solution

As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge. Marianne Weinreich, Chairman, Cycling Embassy of Denmark, suggests the two-wheels approach
Over the last …

Can a tax on plastics and carbon fund the European Union?
12 Apr 2018 – 09:30
Can a tax on plastics and carbon fund the European Union?

Our planet is approaching a plastic waste tipping point — scientist say that up to 90 percent of seabirds already have plastic in their stomachs. Commissioner Günter Oettinger floated the idea of a plastic tax …

High-level roundtable discusses efforts to promote healthy hearts
12 Apr 2018 – 09:11
High-level roundtable discusses efforts to promote healthy hearts

A complex health issue that is interlinked with a number of other chronic conditions, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one killer in Europe. The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) recently convened the Cardiac …

Prevention of cardiovascular disease should be the priority
12 Apr 2018 – 09:10
Prevention of cardiovascular disease should be the priority

Today, we all know the causal factors leading to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The most important risk factors for CVD are smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and abdominal obesity. In addition, factors such as …

We must clean up the air to protect our hearts
12 Apr 2018 – 09:03
We must clean up the air to protect our hearts

There’s something in the air and it’s affecting our heart health and now is the time to clean it up to protect our hearts, writes Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation.
It’s an invisible and potentially …

Europe cannot survive without improving resource efficiency
12 Apr 2018 – 09:00
Europe cannot survive without improving resource efficiency

It has been forecast that global demand for resources will triple by 2050. We already consume some 1.5 globes’ worth of resources every single year, and following the estimates, would need around four planets-full of …

European Commission takes action to protect workers against cancer
10 Apr 2018 – 11:09
European Commission takes action to protect workers against cancer

The European Commission has taken yet another important step to protect workers in the European Union from workplace-related cancer as well as other health problems. The latest legislative proposal could improve working conditions for over …

German Chancellor dismisses plan of ‘total’ diesel ban
23 Mar 2018 – 16:48
German Chancellor dismisses plan of ‘total’ diesel ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the country’s federal governments oppose any attempts to ban diesel car from the country’s streets and calls for ‘tailor-made’ efforts to control emissions.