Archive | October, 2014

EU’s emissions reduction 2030. No ambition

EU heads of state today agreed three modest climate and green energy targets for 2030, which lack the ambition needed to put Europe on track to meet its own 2050 climate commitments and will not do enough to cut dependence on fossil fuels. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) says that now targets have […]

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Police raid shows ‘attack on civil society’ in Hungary. Green NGOs not spared

Hungarian NGOs are calling on the Commission to enforce its own regulations, after police raided the offices of a foundation coordinating the distribution of money from western Europe to Hungarian NGOs. T&E’s member organisation the Clean Air Action Group is one of the NGOs that have suffered from a climate that is making it increasingly difficult for […]

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Big Oil dilutes EU dirty fuel law

After five years of heavy-handed lobbying by Canada, the US and oil majors, the European Commission today published fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. Agreed in April 2009, the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) for the first time obliges fuel […]

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Will climate make Juncker Commission go off?

By Valéry Laramée de Tannenberg //  Journal de l’environnement //   Deemed sexist and pretty ignorant of issues related to conflict of interest, the commissioner candidate for climate action and energy did not convince MEPs during his oral exam on Wednesday (October 1, 2014). His rejection, however, seems unlikely, the EP leftist seeking to protect […]

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‘Climate and energy portfolio needs Commissioner unencumbered by conflicts of interest’

Despite three-hours of grilling by MEPs of the Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete failed to explain how there is no conflict of interest with his brother-in-law Miguel Domecq Solís being a director of two oil companies, reads a Transport&Environment press release. His responses lacked substance and his performance is best summarised […]

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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 […]

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 […]