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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 However, the mining industry is outdated and, additionally, the coal is imported from Russia.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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Chevron leaves Lithuania

Chevron has notified the Lithuanian government of its plans to withdraw from the tender on the use of hydrocarbon resources, the government’s press service said in a press release. The measure is due to fiscal, legislative and regulatory changes in the country. “Significant changes to the fiscal, legislative and regulatory climate in Lithuania have substantially […]

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European Parliament vote leaves biofuels up in the air

The European Parliament voted today to limit the expansion of land-based biofuels, but did not give the rapporteur of the file, MEP Corinne Lepage, a mandate to negotiate the agreement with the EU countries and the European Commission. This creates further uncertainty on the future of biofuels in Europe, reads a Trasnsport & Environment press […]

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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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‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article […]

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]

Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover […]