Archive | 2015

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris on Saturday, December 12. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. The universal […]

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Paris, the place where we should stop burning our food

Raul Cazan Paris COP // Land use // Development //    A decade ago, I had the joy to meet and interview Carlo Petrini, the president of Slow Food. I thought it was another elitist concept beautifully designed for bourgeois slackers and their selective consumerism. When Petrini started talking I was stunned: it revealed that […]

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Governments and businesses called to end fossil fuel subsidies

An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations has called today for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. On the opening day of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21), New […]

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75,000 deaths from diesel fumes the legacy of Europe’s lax vehicles limits (T&E)

Today’s finding by the European Environment Agency that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution is responsible for an estimated 75,000 premature deaths in Europe shows how deplorable EU governments’ watering-down of diesel car NOx emissions limits is. For the first time the EEA has estimated the number of premature deaths from nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is […]

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World Leaders Arrive at Paris Climate Summit Amidst Record Breaking Public Calls for Strong Deal

Over 130 Heads of State have arrived in Paris to kick off two weeks of negotiations which should result in a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, and as negotiations kick off, countries are working find accordance on key issues, reads a Climate Action Network (CAN) press release. Revised figures show that on the weekend the biggest ever climate marches […]

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Draft Climate Change Agreement Forwarded to Paris

Following five days of dedicated work in Bonn, the draft text of the new, universal climate change agreement and its accompanying decisions will be dispatched to Paris, where a final agreement will be reached in December 2015. The draft text of the agreement enjoys full ownership by the governments of the world and represents a […]

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First draft for a climate agreement presented to governments

Work towards a new universal climate change agreement was today strengthened through the issuance of the first comprehensive draft of the agreement. The Co-Chairs of the Ad hoc working group on the Durban platform (ADP), the body tasked with negotiating the agreement, prepared the draft, which contains the basis for negotiation of the draft Paris […]

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels, reads an organisation’s press release. The Inventory tracks nearly 800 […]

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VW’s cheating is just the tip of the iceberg

by Greg Archer The prospect of Volkswagen being fined $18 billion for manipulating air pollution tests in the US caused its shares to fall 22% and is sending shock waves through the automotive industry. VW has been ordered to recall nearly 500,000 cars, meaning a massive bill to correct the vehicles and potential class action […]

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Climate change claims its share in the refugee crisis

by Raul Cazan There is definitely a link between climate change and international refugee movements, says Gregory White, associate professor at Smith College and author of Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World. “But as soon as one acknowledges and explores that link it has to be deeply contextualized. The linkages […]

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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 […]

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 […]