Archive | February, 2014

Commission Takes Estonia to Court over Access to Environmental Information

The European Commission is taking Estonia to Court over shortcomings in its legislation on access to information regarding the environment. Under EU legislation, Member States have to ensure that citizens have easy access to information on the environment held by public authorities. After assessing Estonia’s legislation in this area, the Commission concluded that it contained […]

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Turning Tide on Europe’s Oceans and Seas

A new report paints a worrying picture of Europe’s seas. The Commission’s analysis, which will be presented at the “Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems” (HOPE) conference in Brussels on 3-4 March, shows a marine environment that will require urgent efforts to reach good status by 2020. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “The message is clear: […]

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Energy consumption down by 8% between 2006 and 2012 in the EU28

Over the last two decades, gross inland energy consumption1 in the EU28, which stood at 1 670 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 1990, rose to a peak of 1 830 Mtoe in 2006 and then decreased to 1 680 Mtoe in 2012. Between 2006 and 2012, gross inland energy consumption in the EU28 […]

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Soviet Climate Games at the Black Sea

Crimea and the Black Sea were not only sources of high international tensions, security threats or stage for warlords drunken with power. In the communist scientific mythology, Crimea was planned to be a hub of Geo-engineering and of… regional climate change. Following the grand Geo-engineering ideas expressed by Soviet scientists such as Igor Adabashev[1], Arkadiaei […]

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the […]

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Climate Change As Divine Punishment

Maybe you have wondered why Al Gore in his 2006 film proposed us to repent by taking shorter showers, saving the energy from our insignificant computer LED, and compulsively switching the light off. This behavior would have, alas!, stopped the hurricanes, fenced the infinite deserts and prevented the great flood. The cultural and merely cultural […]

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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 […]