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Green Economy: Don’t underestimate human stupidity!

By Roxana Bucata // Tim Shanks leads the Institute for a New Economic Future and is presently co-authoring “Beyond the Euro Crisis: Rebuilding the World Economy from Bottom Up”, which will be published next year. Roxana Bucata caught a glimpse into Shanks’ yet unpublished ideas on consumerism and pressure on ecosystems. Environmental problems We are […]

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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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Ljubljana, green capital of Europe

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, has won the European Green Capital Award for 2016. The award was presented this afternoon by EU Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, at a ceremony in Copenhagen, which holds the 2014 European Green Capital title. Ljubljana received recognition for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens, for its sustainability strategy ‘Vision 2025’, […]

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World Cup 2014: Brazilians lost it

Before heading to write about the World Cup’s sustainability, I asked my Brazilian journalist friend from Salvador da Bahia, “is Brazil going to win the World Cup?” “I sincerely hope not”, Diêgo Lôbo answered. “You know why? We have presidential elections in October – if we win, people will just forget the important issues, the […]

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EU: Impact assessment of projects now simplified

New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment entered into force. The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive will offer better protection for the environment while reducing administrative burdens stemming from EU law, in line with the European Commission’s drive for smarter regulation. It will also enhance […]

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Commission Takes Estonia to Court over Access to Environmental Information

The European Commission is taking Estonia to Court over shortcomings in its legislation on access to information regarding the environment. Under EU legislation, Member States have to ensure that citizens have easy access to information on the environment held by public authorities. After assessing Estonia’s legislation in this area, the Commission concluded that it contained […]

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Soviet Climate Games at the Black Sea

Crimea and the Black Sea were not only sources of high international tensions, security threats or stage for warlords drunken with power. In the communist scientific mythology, Crimea was planned to be a hub of Geo-engineering and of… regional climate change. Following the grand Geo-engineering ideas expressed by Soviet scientists such as Igor Adabashev[1], Arkadiaei […]

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Book: Protection of Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity in the Carpathians

Toward the Protection of Biodiversity and Ecological Connectivity in Multi-Layered Systems (NOMOS Publishing, 2013, Baden Baden, Germany) aims at investigating the legal and policy instruments, which directly or indirectly affect biodiversity protection and ecological connectivity at the international, EU, regional (Alpine and Carpathian Conventions), national and subnational levels. At national and subnational levels, some of […]

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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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Rosia Montana: Romanian politicians mine the environmental movement

In the contexts of the unprecedented anti-cyanide mining demonstrations in Romania, the most striking issues for the environmental journalist are, beyond the overt high rank corruption that the project has generated, the clumsiness of politicians, doubled by their volatile moral values and striking lack of knowledge in ecological matters. The thin red line of politicians’ […]

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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 […]