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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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COP 20 in Lima kicks off

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was inaugurated amidst great expectations, in Lima. In front of national and foreign authorities, Marcin Korolec, President of COP19, which was celebrated last year in Warsaw (Poland), transferred the Presidency of the COP to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peruvian […]

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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 […]

‘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 […]