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Study. Modifying the 2C Target

A study carried out by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) concludes that the 2 centigrade target by 2050 has to be re-assessed. In the 20 years since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted, progress in global climate policy has been modest. Annual greenhouse gas emissions have increased by […]

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EU Exceeds Fast Start Finance Targets

The European Union provided €7.34 billion in ‘fast start’ climate finance to developing countries in 2010-2012, slightly more than the €7.2 billion it had pledged. The final figure is given in a report adopted by the Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin) Council today. “Despite difficult economic circumstances, the European Union has met and even surpassed […]

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Warsaw, the New Global Emissions Postponement

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said that, at its Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) held recently in Doha, Qatar, governments “took the next essential step in the global response to climate change.” The next “essential step” will be taken next year at COP 19 in […]

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Doha in Detail

Since journalists were deprived of big news, activists of any protests, and politicians of headaches, here is a summary of the COP 18’s decisions in Doha, Qatar. 1)     Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto Protocol, as the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases, has been amended […]

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50-50-50 Starts in Cancun

By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the globe, by 50% more than today. To that date, the UN is also aiming at reducing carbon-equivalent emissions by 50%. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, named this morally binding target the 50-50-50. This is going to start in Cancun as one of the […]

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Jeffrey Sachs: Global Reality in Climate Action

“There are clearly three dominant players right now and then the rest of the world that cares a lot about this. There’s the U.S., there’s the European Union and there’s China. Copenhagen was essentially the U.S. and China saying ‘ we’re not going to do very much’. Europe was left on the sidelines.” ( Jeffrey […]

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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 […]