Archive | September, 2013

IPCC: Human influence on climate clear

Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, […]

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EU Forest Strategy Beefing Up

EU Forest Directors urged European Commission to release a Communication on New Forest Strategy without further delay. Lithuanian Presidency expressed its willingness to start discussions on this document as Working Party on Forestry immediately after its publication. Negotiations on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (LBA) Lithuanian Presidency made a presentation on the […]

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FAO: Beware forest managers, climate change is there!

Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world’s forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest […]

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Single European Sky might cut some emissions

The SES initiative (Single European Sky) main environmental trait is to abolish unnecessary extensions to the length of flights through the defragmentation of European airspace and the implementation of functional airspace blocks. Optimizing air traffic management will lead to lower emissions (estimated at a 10% decrease in CO2 emissions) and reduced fuel consumption in European […]

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ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. Have your say!

Angry about gold mining destruction like in Rosia Montana, Romania? Wanna take fracking to court? You want protected areas to actually stay  protected? Want wild animals to roam free in clean and pristine nature? There are few days left for public consultation on ways to improve access to justice in the field of the environment […]

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European Parliament vote leaves biofuels up in the air

The European Parliament voted today to limit the expansion of land-based biofuels, but did not give the rapporteur of the file, MEP Corinne Lepage, a mandate to negotiate the agreement with the EU countries and the European Commission. This creates further uncertainty on the future of biofuels in Europe, reads a Trasnsport & Environment press […]

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New EU Action to protect biodiversity against problematic invasive species

The European Commission proposed new legislation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species, reads a DG Environment press release. There are currently over 12 000 species present in Europe which are alien to the natural environment. About 15% of these are invasive and they are rapidly growing in number. The proposal is […]

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Poland backs coal industry

Poland will continue to back coal and invest in the coal-mining industry, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk declared in the long wake of climate talks in Warsaw this November. His government has no intention of phasing out coal burning plants nor to expand green energy projects. “Poland’s economy will continue to be based on coal, […]

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Director of ‘Gasland’ Supports Romanian Opposition to Fracking

Josh Fox showed his endorsement for the Romanian movement against shale gas exploitation at the premiere of Gasland 2 in Brussles, Belgium. Josh Fox is an American film director and environmental activist, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Gasland. In addition to this film, he is one of the most prominent public critics of […]

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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 […]

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 […]