- Down to earth
- The quality and nature of soil plays an important role in a range of subjects from food production to urban infrastructure. With these topics being increasingly discussed from a global viewpoint, the European Soil Bureau is encouraging an international approach to the collection of soil information.
- Something in the water?
- Europe's invisible subterranean reservoirs are dirtied by pollution and diminished by abstraction. Governments are slowly improving their conservation efforts, yet until recently they have had no overall map to guide them. The European Environment Agency's pan-European survey attempts to fill this information gap.
- Tank goodness for gas
- Today's motor vehicles depend on petroleum for their fuel. Could a change to natural gas, biofuels or hydrogen give us a cleaner environment and reduce Europe's reliance on oil imports? The International Energy Agency is betting on gas.
- The green light for green business
- Are the EU's eco-industries - pollution control, environmental consultancy and waste management - doing as well as they could? There's plenty of export potential, says the Commission's Environment DG, but both companies and policymakers will have to work hard.