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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 only these topics since “we weren’t allowed by the regime to cover anything political; we did not have this freedom; if you wanted to cover political stuff you had to be a state journalist (reporter […]

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Police raid shows ‘attack on civil society’ in Hungary. Green NGOs not spared

Hungarian NGOs are calling on the Commission to enforce its own regulations, after police raided the offices of a foundation coordinating the distribution of money from western Europe to Hungarian NGOs. T&E’s member organisation the Clean Air Action Group is one of the NGOs that have suffered from a climate that is making it increasingly difficult for […]

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Who’s gonna stand up?

Protect the wild, tomorrow’s child Protect the land from the greed of man Take down the dams, stand up to oil Protect the plants, and renew the soil Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth? Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough? Who’s gonna take on the big machine? Who’s gonna stand up and […]

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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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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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Climate Change As Divine Punishment

Maybe you have wondered why Al Gore in his 2006 film proposed us to repent by taking shorter showers, saving the energy from our insignificant computer LED, and compulsively switching the light off. This behavior would have, alas!, stopped the hurricanes, fenced the infinite deserts and prevented the great flood. The cultural and merely cultural […]

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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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FILM: Slow Food Story

“They say we are what we eat, but the way we eat is destroying the planet. Fortunately, some people are fighting back,” says Azio Citi, introducing Carlo Petrini in the new documentary Slow Food Story. “But who is Carlo Petrini? He’s my best friend.” Slow Food Story offers a personal account of how the Slow […]

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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 […]