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 […]

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 […]

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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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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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 greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer, reads an UNFCCC press release. “I would like today to thank China and the United States for ratifying this landmark agreement—an […]

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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 new study on Europe’s foreign oil dependency has found. Just two of the top 10 oil suppliers to the EU are European, and most of our imported oil is supplied from unstable countries. Rosneft and […]

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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 promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, […]

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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 step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development, reads an UNFCCC press release. UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s dictum […]

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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 and country-by-country figures. For the first time this year, the Commission will also be able to produce an EU-wide estimate of the number of people seriously injured on European roads. European roads are the safest […]

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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 in Poland. The projects will receive contributions from the Cohesion Fund of €1.2 billion and €493 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), reads a DG MOVE press release. Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, […]

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Aviation Emissions Stay Up

In matters of carbon emissions, aviation is a long and endless orgy of emissions. Aviation must therefore contribute to the global price of carbon. On the other hand, European aviation has imposed low cost business models that grew constantly over the last two decades. Indeed they opened unprecedented business opportunities. However, the main challenge for […]

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Death of the Field

The village of Dudestii Vechi in west Romania has survived communism, deportation and land fragmentation – but will the Italian agribusiness that has consolidated its land destroy it forever?   Text by Vlad Odobescu, Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina Courtesy of The Black Sea and of Casa Jurnalistului Hanging up on a wall in front of us, the village […]

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration. In its conclusions, the Foreign […]

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European Parliament rejects revision of EU Nature Laws

European Parliament’s voted on the own-initiative report on the Mid-term Review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, Europe’s strategy to halt […]

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future […]

Paris, the place where we should stop burning our food

Raul Cazan Paris COP // Land use // Development //    A decade ago, I had the joy to meet […]

Governments and businesses called to end fossil fuel subsidies

An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations has called today for accelerated […]

75,000 deaths from diesel fumes the legacy of Europe’s lax vehicles limits (T&E)

Today’s finding by the European Environment Agency that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution is responsible for an estimated 75,000 premature […]

World Leaders Arrive at Paris Climate Summit Amidst Record Breaking Public Calls for Strong Deal

Over 130 Heads of State have arrived in Paris to kick off two weeks of negotiations which should result in a comprehensive, […]