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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 Roxana Bucata caught a glimpse into Shanks’ yet unpublished ideas on consumerism and pressure on ecosystems.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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Book: Protection of Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity in the Carpathians

Toward the Protection of Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity in Multi-Layered Systems (NOMOS Publishing, 2013, Baden Baden, Germany) aims at investigating the legal and policy instruments, which directly or indirectly affect biodiversity protection and ecological connectivity at the international, EU, regional (Alpine and Carpathian Conventions), national and subnational levels. At national and subnational levels, some of […]

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Mountain Communities Need Empowerment

Local community empowerment is essential to building climate change resilience in mountains, concluded participants at a  session moderated by Thomas Hofer, Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, at the Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland, during COP16, reads a Mountain Partnership press release. The session, called “Building Climate Change Resilience in Mountains, ” looked at […]

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Commission takes Bulgaria to Court for failing to protect endangered species

The European Commission is taking Bulgaria to Court over its failure to protect unique habitats and important species, reads a DG ENVI press release. The case concerns the Kaliakra region, a migratory route and resting place for highly endangered species, where large numbers of wind turbines and other developments have been authorised without adequate assessments […]

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FAO and the Edmund Mach Foundation to collaborate on world mountain forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining forces with the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM), a non-profit organization based in Italy specialized in agricultural, nutritional and environmental research, to elevate the position of mountain forests on the European and international agenda. The two organizations will work together to strengthen knowledge sharing […]

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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 […]

Schladming against Floods

  Following the rains and massive floods of Elba and Danube in 2002, EU decided to take action. In 2007 […]

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 […]