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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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 […]