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EU’s emissions reduction 2030. No ambition

EU heads of state today agreed three modest climate and green energy targets for 2030, which lack the ambition needed to put Europe on track to meet its own 2050 climate commitments and will not do enough to cut dependence on fossil fuels. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) says that now targets have […]

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Human chain against coal mines crosses Polish-German border

Claudia Ciobanu reports for Bankwatch // Over 7.500 people came together to form a human chain between Poland and Germany, in opposition to the expansion of lignite mines in the border area. The action, which was organised by Greenpeace with help from other NGOs across Germany and Poland, was meant to show solidarity with villagers […]

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Poland backs coal industry

Poland will continue to back coal and invest in the coal-mining industry, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk declared in the long wake of climate talks in Warsaw this November. His government has no intention of phasing out coal burning plants nor to expand green energy projects. “Poland’s economy will continue to be based on coal, […]

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European Commision Promotes Vague Standards for Biofuels

European Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%. This is to stimulate the development of alternative, so-called […]

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Green Growth Assessment Group Founded in London

A group of 15 leading environmental and development cooperation organisations launched the Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP). Designed to help governments strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis and peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is set to drive progressive green policy-making around the globe, reads a GGBP press release. Among the […]

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The Green Collar Bicycle

The bicycle manufacturing market may have had a scarce outlook. But recent ecological concerns suggest otherwise. Overlooking the fact that the bicycle is the most sustainable vehicle, meaning “perfect carbon 0”; successful projects developed by NGOs, local authorities, and companies bring forward the idea of “green collar jobs”, of domestic green production. For an ecologist, […]

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Third Industrial Revolution Kicks In

Three years ago I was obsessed with cutting carbon and carbon markets. The smartest and most inspirational people I was meeting at the time were blowing whistles at “pressure on ecosystems”. If in those times companies were getting shallowly into green business and coming forth with loads of disgusting greenwash, I was there wishing to […]

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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 […]