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Carpathian Convention Turns 10

It is pretty much the same even when considering the whole European geographic area because they belong to the very same orogeny, Carpathians, Alps, Pyrenees… They are the mountains of Europe and they are pretty much neglected from the political perspective, neglected by the European policies, the interests of people in the mountains are not […]

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Neonicotinoids. Slow Food Demands Ban on Bee Killers

The Member States of the EU did not achieve on the 15th of March a decision for the ban of three widely used insecticides directly linked to bee losses. 13 Member States voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal, i.e. for the ban of the three neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Unfortunately, 5 Member States […]

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GRAIN Report: Biofuels Drive 300 Large-Scale Landgrabs

  Biofuels have driven nearly 300 large-scale land grabs worldwide, a new report by GRAIN reveals today, on the eve of a meeting of EU energy ministers (22 February 2013) to debate the future of biofuels in Europe. EU targets have put Europe at the forefront of increasing global demand for environmentally and socially damaging […]

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Terra Madre Opens in Turin

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012 was opened in the Palaolimpico stadium in Turin with an epic feast of speakers, music and spectacle in front of an audience of food communities, volunteers and the public. This morning, an inauguration at the Lingotto exhibition center marked the official opening of the event to visitors. The […]

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Alpine Fragility, Sacredness and Communities

The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared with the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness, says Arne Naess. This concept is not just a spiritual one, but one that leads us onto a quest to understand  mountains in a much deeper way. In the Tseringma region of Nepal, some say […]

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Vilnius, or Why Urban Civilisation Hides in the Forest

Vilnius is a blessing for your lungs. While I was researching for a short climate change-related article it bounced as a surprise that the Lithuanian capital enjoys the cleanest air among urban agglomerations in Europe. At the time I thought that the answer to such low levels of CO2, CO, NOx or heavy metals in […]

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Messner: Man in the Clouds

Interview by Raul Cazan. Museum in the Clouds or Messner Mountain Museum is the highest expositional structure in the world, situated at 2181 metres altitude. One cannot access it but on mountain paths or on an old mountain road by a coach especially dedicated to the “ascension in the clouds”. The great alpinist, activist and […]

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Florestania: Amazonian Social Development in the Heart of the Forest

Building on the legacy of Chico Mendes’ socio-environmentalism, in the last twenty years his followers in the state of Acre have developed and implemented the most successful sustainable development strategy in the Amazon basin. The pioneering work of the father and martyr of Brazil’s environmental movement has flourished in a series of innovative approaches guided […]

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Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’. Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with […]

Pathological consumption and climate change in one photo

Initially I was in awe as my eye was moving over the picture’s pixels. Then it was fear. It looked […]

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 […]