PEOPLE’S CLIMATE CASE: EU taken to Court for failing to impose a robust emission reduction plan

A Carpathian shepherd together with other families from Europe and outside are taking the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to the European General Court for allowing high level of emissions until 2030 and failing to protect the citizens with the existing inadequate 2030 climate target. “Year by year, says the Romanian […]

Is There Life after Skiing?

  Why do we have to ski all the time?, asks Dominik Siegrist, an actual avid skier and leader of whatsalp – a group of hikers that are crossing the Alps on foot from Vienna to Nice observing changes in the alpine realities in the last two decades. The answer probably lies in the business […]

‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, reads a press release of Euromontana. In June 2017, more than 100 mountain actors from all over Europe met in Brussels to participate in a conference […]

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Over 200 Indonesian community leaders speak out against palm oil for biofuels

Hundreds of Indonesian leaders of indigenous communities, farmers’ unions, smallholder organizations, human rights groups and environmental NGOs have signed an open letter to the EU Presidency, Europe’s Heads of State and the President of the Republic of Indonesia against the use of palm oil in biofuels. The community leaders say that the problems associated with […]

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A Forest Is A Levee

River Dora Riparia in Susa Valley is alpine however with particularities of plain running waters. “We are basically on a plain here, but at 1000m altitude,” says Anna Lannfranco, responsible with Water Management with the Region of Piedmont. We are in an alluvial zone and forestry must go in the flooded areas, she adds. Young […]

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Merano, A History Carved with Water

  In an unusual rain pouring cold morning Mayor Paul Rüsch, a rather non-political bonhomme, guided us through the history of his town and along the Passirio – Passer. Merchants from Verona on their way to Augsburg were stopping in long passed medieval times at the church by the river to touch the fortune bearing […]

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How Hydropower Turned Hohe Tauern into a National Park

  Nature protection history and ecological hotspots started in the 1970s, says Florian Jurgeit, planner with the Hohe Tauern National Park. Citizens started nature trails by their own volition. They balanced out the revenues and high nature values from hydropower plants that were about to be erected and the ecosystem services that might have sprung […]

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Schladming against Floods

  Following the rains and massive floods of Elba and Danube in 2002, EU decided to take action. In 2007 the European Floods Directive was out. In Austria it was transposed into national law in 2011. 390 areas of potential significant flood risk were identified merely in Austria and Schladming was under such a risk, […]

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Governments commit to strengthening cooperation on carbon markets

On 1 September 2017, high-level government officials from 25 national and subnational governments, including EU Member States, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, California and Tokyo, endorsed a joint statement pledging to strengthen action on climate change through renewed cooperation on carbon markets, reads an ICAP press release. The statement sends a clear signal that cities, […]

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Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits the rebels advocating for more effective controls (the European Commission and Parliament) against the regressive forces of the Empire (some national governments and the car industry), writes Julia Poliscanova. The final battle lines are now being […]

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Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her readers in Vilnius, Lithuania, brings about some radical perspective on how such trade deals can harm. To reassure her East European readers, she is also dissing centralized socialist/communist economies, stating that the green leap ahead […]

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Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks with improved direct vision to eradicate blind spots, need to be rolled out fast, the governments – which include those of France, Germany and Italy – told internal market commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska in a letter. […]

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Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb to high altitudes for good grazing grass and water. Rise in mean global temperature primarily affects plants and animals as they slowly “seek refuge” to higher altitudes. But it primarily affects thousands of mountain people, […]

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Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover only these topics since “we weren’t allowed by the regime to cover anything political; we did not have this freedom; if you wanted to cover political stuff you had to be a state journalist (reporter […]

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Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster and set off with determination towards a sustainable future.   The Paris Climate Change Agreement – the result of the most complex, comprehensive and critical international […]

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China and US Bring Early Paris Entry into Force Big Step Closer

Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of […]

80% of EU oil imports supplied by non-European companies

Non-European companies supply four-fifths of Europe’s oil imports, with Russian firms supplying more than one-third (36%) of imported crude, a […]

European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

  The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme ‘investing for a greener future.’ Participants discussed how to […]

Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22 signals the next […]

30 March: Commission publishes EU road safety statistics for 2015

On 30 March 2016, the European Commission will unveil the EU road safety statistics for 2015. They will include aggregated […]

330 km of new express roads in Poland to overcome bottlenecks in trans-European infrastructure

European Commission has approved ten major projects worth €3.3 billion for the construction of approximately 330km of new express roads […]