Archive | 2009

Messner: Man in the Clouds

Interview by Raul Cazan. Museum in the Clouds or Messner Mountain Museum is the highest expositional structure in the world, situated at 2181 metres altitude. One cannot access it but on mountain paths or on an old mountain road by a coach especially dedicated to the “ascension in the clouds”. The great alpinist, activist and […]

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Slow Food’s Petrini on Climate and Food Change

Carlo Petrini, president of Slow Food, speaks about climate change and food security, Central and Eastern Europe and socialism’s heritage. Petrini focused on the manifesto’s eighth point, knowledge transition for climate adaptation. “This is the central point, the most important cultural and political point,” he stated. “Virtuous practices already exist in the cultural biodiversity of […]

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Climate Change Positives. Giddens’ Track Record

Anthony Giddens says that all the books about climate change that he read proposed revolutionary solutions. Although, with his latest book – The Politics of Climate Change, Polity Press 2009, the prestigious sociologist brings into the public sphere new concepts and original approaches climate policy or risk society, he records numerous positive steps. I propose […]

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CO2 Fraud Infects the European Union

Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs, which investigates tax fraud, said earlier this month that it has arrested 8 people in Scotland and 13 more in the rest of the UK over suspected tax fraud in the emissions trading market. “There has been a search of 81 premises including businesses and residential addresses. Eight people in […]

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Florestania: Amazonian Social Development in the Heart of the Forest

Building on the legacy of Chico Mendes’ socio-environmentalism, in the last twenty years his followers in the state of Acre have developed and implemented the most successful sustainable development strategy in the Amazon basin. The pioneering work of the father and martyr of Brazil’s environmental movement has flourished in a series of innovative approaches guided […]

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Harvard’s Stavins on Climate Deal

Creation of a market to limit pollution originated in the United States. The market was supposed to control emissions of sulphur dioxide. More than two decades ago “acid rain” was the global environmental hype. The cause of acid rains was the sulphur dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Instead of creating a tax or directly […]

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Sceptically yours, Bjorn Lomborg

A couple of years ago, just before some greedy banks were screaming out for bail-outs the developing world went through  what was known at the time “the food crisis”. I remember it was a boost for organic markets or for fair trade. In that context, I managed to squeeze out a phone interview from a […]

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Biomass and consequent biodiversity loss are the tricky issues for the Green Deal

In a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels with representatives of Climate Action Network Europe and 2Celsius, vice-president designate […]

People’s Climate Case: EU insists to prevent access to justice for families hit by the climate crisis

On 3 December, the European Parliament and the Council have submitted their responses on the appeal of the legal action challenging the […]

First step towards a Carpathian Macroregion

The governor of Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Władysław Ortyl, invited the European Commission in the plenary of the Committee of the Regions […]

Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’. Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with […]

Pathological consumption and climate change in one photo

Initially I was in awe as my eye was moving over the picture’s pixels. Then it was fear. It looked […]

Mountain Dimension of Cooperation in Europe

  Rise in mean global temperature primarily affects plants and animals as they slowly “seek refuge” to higher altitudes. But […]