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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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EU: Impact assessment of projects now simplified

New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment entered into force. The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive will offer better protection for the environment while reducing administrative burdens stemming from EU law, in line with the European Commission’s drive for smarter regulation. It will also enhance […]

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Biofuels, Source of Land and Water Grabbing

Are biofuels an excellent example of a big policy flop? Fritz Holzwarth, deputy director-general at Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry, says yes. “The biofuel hype – and I am calling it a hype – was generated through climate change mitigation and CO2 reduction,” he said. According to Holzwarth, one standard does not fit all in the […]

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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 […]