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Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb to high altitudes for good grazing grass and water. Rise in mean global temperature primarily affects plants and animals as they slowly “seek refuge” to higher altitudes. But it primarily affects thousands of mountain people, […]

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Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover only these topics since “we weren’t allowed by the regime to cover anything political; we did not have this freedom; if you wanted to cover political stuff you had to be a state journalist (reporter […]

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Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22 signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development, reads an UNFCCC press release. UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s dictum […]

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30 March: Commission publishes EU road safety statistics for 2015

On 30 March 2016, the European Commission will unveil the EU road safety statistics for 2015. They will include aggregated and country-by-country figures. For the first time this year, the Commission will also be able to produce an EU-wide estimate of the number of people seriously injured on European roads. European roads are the safest […]

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330 km of new express roads in Poland to overcome bottlenecks in trans-European infrastructure

European Commission has approved ten major projects worth €3.3 billion for the construction of approximately 330km of new express roads in Poland. The projects will receive contributions from the Cohesion Fund of €1.2 billion and €493 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), reads a DG MOVE press release. Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, […]

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Aviation Emissions Stay Up

In matters of carbon emissions, aviation is a long and endless orgy of emissions. Aviation must therefore contribute to the global price of carbon. On the other hand, European aviation has imposed low cost business models that grew constantly over the last two decades. Indeed they opened unprecedented business opportunities. However, the main challenge for […]

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Death of the Field

The village of Dudestii Vechi in west Romania has survived communism, deportation and land fragmentation – but will the Italian agribusiness that has consolidated its land destroy it forever?   Text by Vlad Odobescu, Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina Courtesy of The Black Sea and of Casa Jurnalistului Hanging up on a wall in front of us, the village […]

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration. In its conclusions, the Foreign […]

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European Parliament rejects revision of EU Nature Laws

European Parliament’s voted on the own-initiative report on the Mid-term Review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, Europe’s strategy to halt biodiversity loss by 2020. The vote which received support from nearly all Members of the European Parliament highlights the importance of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the need to fully implement them. In its […]

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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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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 […]

‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article […]

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]