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A fair comparison of or-ganic and conventional farming requires improved methods

The environmental impact of food and agriculture is intensively discussed. A com-mon method to assess these environmental impacts, including climate change, is life cycle analysis (LCA). 
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No. 2 May 2020

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Europe can be climate neutral by 2040 with solar and wind power

According to a new study, conducted by Finland’s LUT University and SolarPower Europe, Europe’s energy system could be fully renewable by 2040 in a “leadership scenario”, or by 2050 in a “moderate scenario”. 
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Editorial

The offshore wind industry has developed rapidly over the last 10 years. The technology has never had such a high output capacity, lower prices or a higher coexistence potential. The European Commission is to present a new strategy on offshore renewable energy which will be published in October as part of the European Green Deal. 
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Air pollution impacts fall as a result of Corona-related measures

The improvement in air quality as a result of the coronavirus lockdown led to 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution in western and central Europe in April.
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Climate change threatens biodiversity in the Tropical Andes hotspot

 A new report compiles evidence on how global warming can exacerbate biodiversity loss in one of the most important and severely threatened natural areas globally.   
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International Day of Clean Air

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 7 September as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. 2020 is the first year for this event, introduced to build on the “increasing interest of the international community in clean air, and to emphasise the need to make further efforts to improve air quality, including reducing air pollution, to protect human health”. More information at: http://www.un.org/en/observances/clean-air-day
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EEA Air Quality Viewer

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published on 4 April an online viewer that tracks the weekly average concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5). This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been developed to assess how it has affected concentrations of air pollution. The EEA viewer, along with information on the methodology used, can be found at:  http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/air-quality-and-covid19.
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CCS is not needed – new production methods can reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions

The real issue is not technology nor economics, but creating incentives to make industry green without using CCS.
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Trump weakens US air pollution control

Over a period of only three weeks, the Trump administration has eroded the basis for air pollution control in coal-fired power plants, declined to strengthen air quality standards, and finalised a rollback of vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
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