Archive | May, 2014

World’s land and forests at threat from Europe’s demand for bioenergy

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe’s bioenergy needs by 2030, reveals new research released by Friends of the Earth. The new analysis by Vienna University of Economics and Business for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of crops and wood […]

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UNFCCC Note Discusses Options for Security Controls in Emissions Trading Systems

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note by the international transaction log (ITL) administrator, titled ‘Options for, and road map to, further implementation of information security controls in systems supporting emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol’ (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.6), reads an institution’s press release. The note reports on the Security Working Group’s (SWG) assessment of the impact of […]

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France and Sweden delay safer lorries norms

Representatives of EU Member States today reached an agreement on changing weights and dimensions rules for lorry cabins. The provisional agreement sets a delay of eight years before redesigned lorry cabs can be driven on Europe’s roads, even though design changes could save hundreds of lives and billions of litres of diesel fuel. The call […]

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EU: Impact assessment of projects now simplified

New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment entered into force. The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive will offer better protection for the environment while reducing administrative burdens stemming from EU law, in line with the European Commission’s drive for smarter regulation. It will also enhance […]

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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 […]

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 […]