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Europe’s Fitness Test against Nature

by Raul Cazan // “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it,” Patricia Zurita, said with a smile. She is the CEO of Birdlife International and self-proclaimed ‘green economist’. Zurita believes that re-opening the European biosphere directives “risks destroying decades of hard work, dialogue between stakeholders and legal clarity built judgment by judgment, guideline by guideline.” […]

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On Citizens’ Science with Cristophe Randin

“We already have stone pine trees on the peak of Clocher d’Arpette in the massif of Mont Blanc at 2800 meters (9200 ft.) altitude. They are taller than 1.5 meters (5 ft.), that is a significant height, so they could be considered trees,” says Cristophe Randin, research associate at the Center for High Altitude Research […]

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Alpine plants affected by temperature rise

The trends in temperature variability in the Alps are comparable to the differences recorded in the Himalayas; there is a 0.6 centigrade increase per decade warming of the average alpine temperature at least in the Swiss, Austrian and German Alps, says Ecoclimatology Professor Annette Menzel from Technische Universität München while summarizing her decade long research […]

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Environmental policy in the EU, “generally successful”

A new report shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years, reads an EC communique’. Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more; while environmental policies drive jobs and growth. But the report warns that Europe’s long-term goal of […]

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Green Economy: Don’t underestimate human stupidity!

By Roxana Bucata // Tim Shanks leads the Institute for a New Economic Future and is presently co-authoring “Beyond the Euro Crisis: Rebuilding the World Economy from Bottom Up”, which will be published next year. Roxana Bucata caught a glimpse into Shanks’ yet unpublished ideas on consumerism and pressure on ecosystems. Environmental problems We are […]

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Forests sitting on lignite saved in Romania

Ionut Apostol reports for Bankwatch // Bankwatch and Greenpeace won a court case* in Romania this week, which will effectively prevent 59 hectares (the equivalent of 118 football pitches) of forest from being destroyed by the expansion of one of the open-pit coal mines at Rovinari, the largest lignite mining complex in Romania. Agreeing to […]

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Bringing back the European bison

text and photographs by Mihai Stoica * As the great beasts – Europe’s largest land mammals – were timidly trotting off their metallic confinements, another species – the human, Europe’s most wide spread mammal – was gazing curiously from behind the wooden barrier of an enclosure meant for its protection. Rewilding Europe in partnership with […]

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WWF’s new boss: big up for rewilding Romanian Carpathians

Brand new boss of WWF International, Marco Lambertini, is underlining the organization’s commitment to ecological connectivity and biodiversity – “bread and butter” of the teams under the sign of panda – and gives a big up to the Romanian branch for the amazing European bison rewilding program. The interview has been carried out at the […]

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Turning Tide on Europe’s Oceans and Seas

A new report paints a worrying picture of Europe’s seas. The Commission’s analysis, which will be presented at the “Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems” (HOPE) conference in Brussels on 3-4 March, shows a marine environment that will require urgent efforts to reach good status by 2020. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “The message is clear: […]

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UN highlights need to include mountains in global development agenda

Mountain countries and organizations urged the UN on 8 January 2014 in New York, USA, to include mountains in the Post-2015 development agenda as they are ‘vital to sustainable development’. Speaking at a side event of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), diplomats from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and […]

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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 […]