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Climate change preparedness: Scandinavia on top, Afghanistan lowest, Romania steepest decline

Norway is the best prepared country for climate change, and has been so for almost 20 years, according to data by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). Eastern and Central European countries rank between 30 and 100 with Romania recording the steepest decline (-39), reads a Notre Dame University press release. ND-GAIN […]

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TTIP, a Matter of Transparency

By Raul Cazan // European citizens’ greatest concern is not related to Russian aggression in the East, nor to the terrible and barbaric Islamic State, not even to creating jobs and public investment; they are concerned with safeguards related to consumer’s rights in food products and preservation of the environment. Funnily, this was triggered by […]

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Climate Change Furthers Desertification in Northern Africa’s Golden Coast

// by Francis Npong, Ghana The kind of ecological calamity that sent Ethiopia and Sunden’s Darfur from relative food sovereignty to food scarcity is here with us in Ghana, as Sahara Desert has continued to turn the Northern part of Ghana into wasteland and marches violently and unstoppably southwards. According to environmental expert Thomas Ayamga, […]

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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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Jeffrey Sachs: We need a sixth wave of green technologies

We have reached planetary boundaries – human pressures on finite, earth systems are at a tipping point. However, the technology to address this near catastrophe is now within our reach, according to expert in sustainable development, Jeffrey Sachs, who opened the 2014 edition of Green Week in Brussels. The situation is grave – in April, […]

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NATO: Climate Change Impacts on Security

Heads of State and Government participating in the Wales Summit of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the principal political decision-making body of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have declared that climate change and increasing energy needs will shape the Organization’s future security environment and could significantly affect its planning and operations, reads a press […]

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G7 for a Climate Deal in 2015

The world’s leading industrialised nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum, reads a REUTERS piece. The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, which will run […]

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UNFCCC Note Discusses Options for Security Controls in Emissions Trading Systems

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note by the international transaction log (ITL) administrator, titled ‘Options for, and road map to, further implementation of information security controls in systems supporting emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol’ (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.6), reads an institution’s press release. The note reports on the Security Working Group’s (SWG) assessment of the impact of […]

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the […]

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Climate Action Network to US: Stop spying, start listening!

The world’s largest network of NGOs working on climate change, Climate Action Network (CAN), today called on the United States and other governments accused of spying on climate negotiators during the Copenhagen summit in 2009, to publicly renounce such underhanded tactics. CAN condemns such actions. The work currently underway to secure a comprehensive, global plan […]

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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 […]