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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

Articles from Science for Environment Policy

DG Environment News Alert Service

Green Economy promotes economic and social development
Adopting the Green Economy approach will reap greater environmental, social and economic benefits, compared with a society that focuses on economic growth as the measure for future development, according to a recent UN report. Using two per cent of global GDP to 'green' key sectors could be enough to trigger the transition towards a green economy. Download article (PDF)

Citizens encouraged to help monitor wild bird species
The public can help assess the human impact on wild birds through amateur 'citizen science' networks, according to new research. Scientists evaluated the suitability of data collected by amateur bird-watchers for long-term monitoring of European bird populations. Their findings suggest that citizen data may significantly improve the accuracy of existing official survey methods, as well as help increase public awareness of wild bird conservation. Download article (PDF)

Comparing the purchase of eco-labelled products across Europe
Ecolabels can help encourage sustainable consumption. A new study has compared the national organisation of environmental (eco and organic) labels and its impact on purchases of labelled products in 18 European countries. Levels of ecolabelled product purchasing varied across the countries, with the highest rates in Northern Europe. Download article (PDF)

Careful guidance needed for farmers using biochar with pesticides
Biochar is increasingly mixed into farm soils to improve crop productivity and maintain carbon stocks. However, it can change the way that pesticides applied to the same soil behave, according to a new study. The researchers suggest that farmers may also need to follow new guidelines on pesticide application if they add biochar to their soil. Download article (PDF)

Health impacts and costs of air pollution in European cities
A new study has shown that life expectancy and monetary benefits increase significantly when levels of fine particles are reduced further in European cities. It also reveals that living near busy roads could be responsible for a substantial amount of poor health attributable to air pollution. Download article (PDF)

Dutch study shows policy effective in reducing packaging
Policies to reduce packaging are effective as long as they remain in place for at least five years and aim for an absolute reduction in packaging volume, experiences from the Netherlands suggest. A study of Dutch packaging policy found that packaging levels fell when such policies were in place, but that the amount of packaging has since risen as policies have become more short-term and focused on reducing packaging levels relative to changes in GDP. Download article (PDF)

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