Archive | October, 2012

Agriculture and Immigration at Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto

“Reorganizing the work of immigrants in agriculture is one of the biggest and most important problems for the Italian agricultural system.” With these words, Gaetano Pascale, the president of Slow Food Campania, opened the conference “Agriculture and Immigration” at the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012. The main topic of the meeting was the […]

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Fighting Food Waste

Such was the title of the conference moderated by educator and president of Ecoquartieri Italian association Francesco Mele and held at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012 on Sunday October 28th. After reminding the audience of key figures such as the 95 kilos of food wasted per year by the average European citizen, he […]

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Terra Madre Opens in Turin

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012 was opened in the Palaolimpico stadium in Turin with an epic feast of speakers, music and spectacle in front of an audience of food communities, volunteers and the public. This morning, an inauguration at the Lingotto exhibition center marked the official opening of the event to visitors. The […]

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EU Countries on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets, Emissions Fall 2.5 %

Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union (EU) fell on average by 2.5 % from 2010 to 2011, although several countries increased emissions. Almost all European countries are individually on track towards their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol compared to last year, according to two reports published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). […]

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8 Cities Chosen for European Green Capital Award 2015

The deadline for submitting entries to become European Green Capital 2015 is now closed and the following cities have entered the competition: Bristol (UK) Brussels (Belgium) Bydgoszcz (Poland) Dublin (Ireland) Glasgow (UK) Kaunas (Lithuania) Kutahya (Turkey) Ljubljana (Slovenia) EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “This is the sixth year of the European Green Capital Award. […]

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European Commision Promotes Vague Standards for Biofuels

European Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%. This is to stimulate the development of alternative, so-called […]

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Green Growth Assessment Group Founded in London

A group of 15 leading environmental and development cooperation organisations launched the Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP). Designed to help governments strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis and peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is set to drive progressive green policy-making around the globe, reads a GGBP press release. Among the […]

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Lithuanians Oppose Nuclear Plant Construction

Lithuanians oppose construction of a new nuclear plant, as results of the first ever referendum of the kind in Eastern Europe. 62.7 percent voted “No”, while 33.96 percent were in favor of the construction.   The turnout was just over 51 percent, thus validating a referendum that requires a quorum of 50 percent.   The […]

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Biofuels, Source of Land and Water Grabbing

Are biofuels an excellent example of a big policy flop? Fritz Holzwarth, deputy director-general at Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry, says yes. “The biofuel hype – and I am calling it a hype – was generated through climate change mitigation and CO2 reduction,” he said. According to Holzwarth, one standard does not fit all in the […]

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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 […]

A recent history of biomass. Poland and Romania

In the name of EU climate policies, deforestation is sold as a green solution. This is not happening in far […]

A Recent History of Biomass in Poland and Romania (multimedia and glossary)

In the name of EU climate policies, deforestation is sold as a green solution. This is not happening in far […]

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 […]

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 […]