A rat feasts on sewage: Almost a million people are served by 121 water treatment plants officially classified as “at risk”. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth

Putting a price on water prompts us not to waste it, decreasing the overall amount that must be treated and pumped. Remove water charging and the fina(...)

A decision by the European Commission in respect of tax rulings by the Irish Revenue in relation to the corporate taxation of Apple is expected. Photograph: Kimihiro   Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands to recover unpaid tax from Fiat and Starbucks in the region of €20 millio(...)

The IFA, like other farming lobbies, is strongly opposed to methane limits

A majority of EU countries want to drop a plan to introduce methane emission limits, a move strongly opposed by farming lobbies, including the Irish (...)

 The promenade from the Claddagh to the lighthouse on Mutton Island is one of the few places left in Galway city where citizens can walk without being deafened by traffic noise. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It can be hard to be physically active at this time of year but walking by the sea in Galway is an easily made health choice. The promenade from the C(...)

Drax power station in the UK, which was included in the emissions assessment by the European Environment Agency.

Air pollution from Europe’s large industrial plants and coal-fired power stations, including Moneypoint on the Shannon Estuary, cost society at least (...)

The 3.4 per cent fall in greenhouse gas emissions in the US in 2012 has been linked  to low natural gas prices, helped by a shale gas boom and a shift from coal, a mild winter and greater efficiency in transport. Photograph:  John Giles/PA Wire

Industrialised nations’ greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.3 per cent in 2012, led by a US decline to the lowest in almost two decades with a s(...)

The satellites will deliver visual and sensor information on land use, for example providing crop yield predictions or assessing the extent of national forests. Air pollution can be monitored also as can the ash from an active volcano

Europe will have a new eye in the sky when the Sentinel 1A (...)

Tourists enjoy the sunny weather in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris. Swathes of France, including the French capital, are on maximum alert over air pollution. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France will introduce driving restrictions in Paris tomorrow to tackle dangerous pollution levels, the first such ban for twenty years as polit(...)

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, a favourite with location with tourists, but visitor numbers to the city were down 22 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.
How Madrid lost its mojo

It sits, grey and unpainted, just outside central Madrid, on the city’s northeastern industrial outskirts. With one side of its semi-circular roof til(...)

Europe’s winemakers may need to relocate their vineyards as a result of climate change, according to a new report. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/GettyImages

Europe’s winemakers may not only need to change the grape varieties they cultivate but may need to relocate their vineyards “in some cases” as (...)

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