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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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Big Oil dilutes EU dirty fuel law

After five years of heavy-handed lobbying by Canada, the US and oil majors, the European Commission today published fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. Agreed in April 2009, the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) for the first time obliges fuel […]

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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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The soot energy policy of Warsaw

by EVA KONZETT * Coal is the Polish treasure, at least according to the German government. However, the mining industry is outdated and, additionally, the coal is imported from Russia. When it comes to the European climate protection policy, Poland acts as a troublemaker that defeats the ready to be signed agreements for CO2 reduction. […]

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G7 for a Climate Deal in 2015

The world’s leading industrialised nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum, reads a REUTERS piece. The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, which will run […]

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World’s land and forests at threat from Europe’s demand for bioenergy

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe’s bioenergy needs by 2030, reveals new research released by Friends of the Earth. The new analysis by Vienna University of Economics and Business for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of crops and wood […]

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Romanian biofuel targets pushed back so government can raise money for the state budget

Mihai Stoica reports A 7 eurocent tax per liter of fuel at the pump will take effect on the 1st of April in Romania, pushing higher intermediate targets for biofuel blends in gasoline and diesel closer to 2020. Romanian PM Victor Ponta negotiated this measure with fuel producers in December last year in an attempt […]

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Energy consumption down by 8% between 2006 and 2012 in the EU28

Over the last two decades, gross inland energy consumption1 in the EU28, which stood at 1 670 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 1990, rose to a peak of 1 830 Mtoe in 2006 and then decreased to 1 680 Mtoe in 2012. Between 2006 and 2012, gross inland energy consumption in the EU28 […]

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Romanian Gendarmes Storm Villagers Protesting Against Chevron

On  December  2nd ( right after The Romanian National Day), at 4 a.m., more than 40 Police cars, togetheter with Chevron trucks gathered in Vaslui county, moving to Pungești village. Meanwhile, Gendarmerie forces were sent from Bacău city to surround the protesters’ camp, which had been established last month. The protesters (around 100 people,  including villagers and […]

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Anti-dumping Duties for Argentine and Indonesian Biofuel

As of 27 November 2013 the EU imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The antidumping measures consist of an additional duty of on average 24.6% for Argentina and 18.9% for Indonesia. The measures are based on a decision taken this week by the Council, following a 15-month investigation carried […]

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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 […]

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 […]