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Invest. Divest. Most Radical Climate Related Discourse of a Chief of State

Excerpts from President Obama’s inspirational speech on Climate Change and plan to cut carbon pollution, held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society. Sticking your head in the sand […]

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Popov on Failure of Climate Change Politics in Eastern Europe

by Carmen Albisteanu // Julian Popov is currently the Minister of Environment of Bulgaria and an ex-consultant for the European Climate Foundation. He has worked as a consultant on numerous projects on institutional development, public relations and education policy.  Among his clients have been the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the […]

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Berlin. Assaults on Memory

Besides good sewage systems and green parks, urban ecology entangles memory. It is commonly known that urban sprawl leads to the extension of suburban areas into natural ecosystems. However, nowadays there is an inner sprawl, a pressure towards the city’s center that is almost all the time exerted by private developers allied with a weak […]

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Fracking Comes to Europe

by Elena Rastei for Resource // One of the men holding a huge banner in front of the mayor’s office with the message ‘Chevron is the worst American dream. Wake up people!’ suddenly shouts from the bottom of his lungs: “Next time, we won’t come here with flags, but with guns!” Around him, people smile […]

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Neonicotinoids. Slow Food Demands Ban on Bee Killers

The Member States of the EU did not achieve on the 15th of March a decision for the ban of three widely used insecticides directly linked to bee losses. 13 Member States voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal, i.e. for the ban of the three neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Unfortunately, 5 Member States […]

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Bullshitting Climate Change

Starting Copenhagen 2009, abbreviations and acronyms became a source of turmoil amongst participants at the international climate talks. Indeed, UNFCCC communication often goes beyond ridiculous as it abuses dozens of acronyms, whilst apparently all the effort is to keep the climate treaty in a stalemate. “In order to close a FAB deal at the COP/CMP, […]

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Happy New Year, 2013!

Happy New Year! We are two years away from the great millennium goals, we are enjoying significant progress on the climate global negotiations and the world became a better place in 2013! Ain’t true? Peace out!

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8 Cities Chosen for European Green Capital Award 2015

The deadline for submitting entries to become European Green Capital 2015 is now closed and the following cities have entered the competition: Bristol (UK) Brussels (Belgium) Bydgoszcz (Poland) Dublin (Ireland) Glasgow (UK) Kaunas (Lithuania) Kutahya (Turkey) Ljubljana (Slovenia) EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “This is the sixth year of the European Green Capital Award. […]

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Alpine Fragility, Sacredness and Communities

The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared with the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness, says Arne Naess. This concept is not just a spiritual one, but one that leads us onto a quest to understand  mountains in a much deeper way. In the Tseringma region of Nepal, some say […]

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UNCCD’s Sergio Zelaya. Passing from Knowledge to Action

Sergio Zelaya, Coordinator of the Policy Advocacy and Global Issues Unit (PAGI) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, answers Karsten Schulz’s questions on the role of social sciences in UNCCD processes, revitalization of the UN body, land management or local governance.   KARSTEN SCHULZ: How do you perceive the role of […]

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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 […]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of […]

China and US Bring Early Paris Entry into Force Big Step Closer

Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of […]