Analysts expect the European Central Bank (ECB) to acknowledge growing risks to the eurozone economy on Thursday while sticking to its patient course, kicking off a year that could see the Frankfurt institution mostly marking time.
Japan’s popular perception of the country’s ties with the United States worsened significantly this year, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, battered by US President Donald Trump’s hostile trade policies.
China is making progress in battling the damaging smog that can shroud its big cities, but in many areas — from parts of the giant Yangtze River to the coalfields of Inner Mongolia — its water pollution is getting worse.
Air quality in China's smog-hit northern regions, which include the capital Beijing, worsened in October despite overall improvements over the course of the year, the environment ministry said in a notice.
Greece’s financial recession is leaving its footprint on the environment. This follows 20 years of huge improvements in Greece’s air pollution. While most European countries struggle with the consequences of failure to control exhaust pollution from diesel vehicles, Greece benefitted from long-standing bans on diesel cars in the two biggest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.