Archive | May, 2013

OECD Study: Comparing Definitions and Methods to Estimate Mobilised Climate Finance

At the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2010, developed countries formalised a collective climate finance commitment made previously in Copenhagen of “mobilising jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries…from a wide variety of sources, public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources” (UNFCCC, 2010). […]

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Berlin. Assaults on Memory

Besides good sewage systems and green parks, urban ecology entangles memory. It is commonly known that urban sprawl leads to the extension of suburban areas into natural ecosystems. However, nowadays there is an inner sprawl, a pressure towards the city’s center that is almost all the time exerted by private developers allied with a weak […]

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World Bank and IETA release annual reports on the carbon market at Carbon Expo

During Carbon Expo 2013, the World Bank and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) will present reports on the current status of global carbon markets. Both documents will be launched on Wednesday, May 29, the first day of the conference. Also on the first day, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention […]

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Sweden, Leader in Climate Adaptation Financing

The future of climate adaptation financing and project implementation will be based in part on the successes and lessons learned by the Adaptation Fund, a pioneer in the field. That was the consensus of climate adaptation and finance experts who gathered at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on May 22 to discuss the […]

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Carpathian Convention Turns 10

It is pretty much the same even when considering the whole European geographic area because they belong to the very same orogeny, Carpathians, Alps, Pyrenees… They are the mountains of Europe and they are pretty much neglected from the political perspective, neglected by the European policies, the interests of people in the mountains are not […]

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EUR 31.5 Million in Commission Funding for Environmental Solutions

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals of EUR 31.5 million for the best 45 eco-innovation projects. Businesses throughout Europe have until 5 September 2013 to put in their proposals for bringing novel environmental solutions to the market in the following 5 areas: material recycling water sustainable building products green business the food […]

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EU Exceeds Fast Start Finance Targets

The European Union provided €7.34 billion in ‘fast start’ climate finance to developing countries in 2010-2012, slightly more than the €7.2 billion it had pledged. The final figure is given in a report adopted by the Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin) Council today. “Despite difficult economic circumstances, the European Union has met and even surpassed […]

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ETS. Emissions Decline, Allowances Increase

Emissions of greenhouse gases from stationary installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) decreased by 2% last year to 1.867 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry. First year of emissions responsibility for aircraft operators Verified 2012 emissions reported by airlines amount to almost 84 million […]

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Climate Action. Public Debates Start Over in Eastern Europe

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard is launching a series of public events to engage European citizens in the climate change debate and to encourage individual action to combat it. Over the next two months, Commissioner Hedegaard will hold a series of dialogues with citizens, companies and authorities in five countries in eastern and […]

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Potocnik on Shale Gas: A Mosaic of Different Legal Frameworks

The main challenges that have been pointed to concern notably water use, water pollution, air emissions, and the management of waste water. To reassure the public, all of these risks should be prevented, managed and reduced. As I already said, techniques and good practices exist; important parts of the necessary regulatory framework are in place. […]

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‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]