Archive | June, 2013

Invest. Divest. Most Radical Climate Related Discourse of a Chief of State

Excerpts from President Obama’s inspirational speech on Climate Change and plan to cut carbon pollution, held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society. Sticking your head in the sand […]

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Obama Climate Change Strategy Coming Within Weeks

President Barack Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, his top energy and climate adviser said and quoted by Reuters. Obama will take several steps to make tackling climate change a “second-term priority” that builds on […]

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UN climate talks in Bonn: Progress towards a deal in 2014

The United Nations climate change body said it has made concrete progress towards a new universal agreement on climate change during its latest round of talks which wrapped up today in Germany. “This has been an important meeting because Governments are moving faster now from the stage of exploring options to designing and implementing solutions,” […]

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FILM: Slow Food Story

“They say we are what we eat, but the way we eat is destroying the planet. Fortunately, some people are fighting back,” says Azio Citi, introducing Carlo Petrini in the new documentary Slow Food Story. “But who is Carlo Petrini? He’s my best friend.” Slow Food Story offers a personal account of how the Slow […]

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Study. Modifying the 2C Target

A study carried out by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) concludes that the 2 centigrade target by 2050 has to be re-assessed. In the 20 years since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted, progress in global climate policy has been modest. Annual greenhouse gas emissions have increased by […]

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Hedegaard gets on her bike for public debate on sustainable transport in Lisbon

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard hosts a public debate in Lisbon to discuss how innovative, low-carbon solutions in the transport sector can contribute to reducing Portugal’s emissions while improving mobility and boosting economic growth. Commissioner Hedegaard will cycle to the event at the Electricity Museum of Portugal with the Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, […]

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Popov on Failure of Climate Change Politics in Eastern Europe

by Carmen Albisteanu // Julian Popov is currently the Minister of Environment of Bulgaria and an ex-consultant for the European Climate Foundation. He has worked as a consultant on numerous projects on institutional development, public relations and education policy.  Among his clients have been the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the […]

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Film Premiere. Tar sands – To the Ends of the Earth

  MEPs Fiona Hall, Satu Hassi and Linda McAvan together with Friends of the Earth Europe invite you to the premiere of Christopher Walker’s documentary Tar sands – to the ends of the Earth on June 12th at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The documentary follows the efforts by local communities in Madagascar to protect […]

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Debate on energy efficiency in Bulgaria with Commissioner Hedegaard

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard hosted a public debate in Sofia to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of creating an energy-efficient, low-carbon society in Bulgaria. Buildings account for around 40 per cent of Europe’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. This is therefore one of the sectors with the greatest energy savings […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]