European finance ministers today highlighted the European Investment Bank’s crucial role strengthening innovation, cohesion, convergence and climate action. At the Annual Meeting of the EIB Board of Governors in Luxembourg, ministers welcomed the EU Bank’s crucial countercyclical activities following the economic crisis, delivering increased support under the Investment Plan for Europe and for public and private investment around the world.
Climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. This is one of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with.
Today, the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, is publishing a new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, offering a tool for decision makers to improve local responses to soil loss and land degradation.
A recent article co-authored by JRC and international experts reports that the benefits of increasing global wheat yield are significantly offset as a result of increasing concentrations of ground-level ozone.
One of the most widespread impacts of climate change will be the increased frequency and severity of urban flooding due to peaked storms with intense rainfall. This has the potential to impact thousands of citizens throughout Europe.
Under Argentinian presidency, this year’s theme of the ministerial is ‘Energy Transitions Towards Cleaner, More Flexible and Transparent Systems’. Delegates from G20 member and guest countries, as well as international organizations, discuss public policies to help promote the transition towards more flexible, more transparent and cleaner energy systems.
Environmental policy making is not an easy task. On the one hand, Europeans want to enjoy the benefits a well-functioning economy provides. On the other, there are significant environmental and health costs attached to our lifestyle choices. A systemic understanding of how nature, economy and human health are connected is essential for identifying the best policy options available. The European Environment Agency aims to support policy making by providing exactly this kind of knowledge.