Archive | March, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

VISUAL PRESENTATION. Human interference with the climate system is occurring and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems. The assessment of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability in the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report evaluates how patterns of risks and potential benefits are shifting due to climate change. It considers […]

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IPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist for effective responses

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the […]

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Romanian biofuel targets pushed back so government can raise money for the state budget

Mihai Stoica reports A 7 eurocent tax per liter of fuel at the pump will take effect on the 1st of April in Romania, pushing higher intermediate targets for biofuel blends in gasoline and diesel closer to 2020. Romanian PM Victor Ponta negotiated this measure with fuel producers in December last year in an attempt […]

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Maritime Emissions in Limbo between EU and IMF

Despite issues of maritime security (piracy on the high seas of the Indian Ocean) and of safety (Costa Concordia and crew member casualties), emissions from maritime operations stay on the agenda of European Commission’s Transports Directorate General as well as with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) whilst greenhouse gas from maritime operations increases at short […]

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A Forest Is A Levee

River Dora Riparia in Susa Valley is alpine however with particularities of plain running waters. “We are basically on a […]

Merano, A History Carved with Water

  In an unusual rain pouring cold morning Mayor Paul Rüsch, a rather non-political bonhomme, guided us through the history […]

How Hydropower Turned Hohe Tauern into a National Park

  Nature protection history and ecological hotspots started in the 1970s, says Florian Jurgeit, planner with the Hohe Tauern National […]

Is There Life after Skiing?

  Why do we have to ski all the time?, asks Dominik Siegrist, an actual avid skier and leader of […]

Schladming against Floods

  Following the rains and massive floods of Elba and Danube in 2002, EU decided to take action. In 2007 […]

Governments commit to strengthening cooperation on carbon markets

On 1 September 2017, high-level government officials from 25 national and subnational governments, including EU Member States, Mexico, the Republic […]