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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 the European Union to the European General Court for allowing high level of emissions until 2030 and failing to protect the citizens with the existing inadequate 2030 climate target. “Year by year, says the Romanian […]

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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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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 greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer, reads an UNFCCC press release. “I would like today to thank China and the United States for ratifying this landmark agreement—an […]

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Draft Climate Change Agreement Forwarded to Paris

Following five days of dedicated work in Bonn, the draft text of the new, universal climate change agreement and its accompanying decisions will be dispatched to Paris, where a final agreement will be reached in December 2015. The draft text of the agreement enjoys full ownership by the governments of the world and represents a […]

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First draft for a climate agreement presented to governments

Work towards a new universal climate change agreement was today strengthened through the issuance of the first comprehensive draft of the agreement. The Co-Chairs of the Ad hoc working group on the Durban platform (ADP), the body tasked with negotiating the agreement, prepared the draft, which contains the basis for negotiation of the draft Paris […]

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Climate change claims its share in the refugee crisis

by Raul Cazan There is definitely a link between climate change and international refugee movements, says Gregory White, associate professor at Smith College and author of Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World. “But as soon as one acknowledges and explores that link it has to be deeply contextualized. The linkages […]

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Agreement on Text to Negotiate for the 2015 Climate Deal

At the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8), delegates agreed on a text that will serve as the basis for negotiating a new climate change agreement. This new agreement is anticipated to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference […]

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Obama’s America to Lead Combat against Climate Change

President Obama noted in his State of the Union Address that “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.  Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does – 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.” “I’ve heard some folks try to […]

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Lima Call for Climate Action, Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris

The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015, reads a communique of IISD. INDCs are expected to make up the basis […]

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Green Climate Fund Exceeds $10 Billion

The Governments of Australia and Belgium today joined other nations in pledging to the Green Climate Fund, committing AU$ 200 million (Australia) and EUR 51.7 million (Belgium) to the Fund, respectively. The announcements were made at the High-level Ministerial Session on Climate Finance that was held at COP20 in Lima, bringing total pledges of contributions […]

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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 […]