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Alpine plants affected by temperature rise

The trends in temperature variability in the Alps are comparable to the differences recorded in the Himalayas; there is a 0.6 centigrade increase per decade warming of the average alpine temperature at least in the Swiss, Austrian and German Alps, says Ecoclimatology Professor Annette Menzel from Technische Universität München while summarizing her decade long research […]

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‘Climate and energy portfolio needs Commissioner unencumbered by conflicts of interest’

Despite three-hours of grilling by MEPs of the Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete failed to explain how there is no conflict of interest with his brother-in-law Miguel Domecq Solís being a director of two oil companies, reads a Transport&Environment press release. His responses lacked substance and his performance is best summarised […]

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Victory Speech for A Global Warming Fight

“We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” […] “I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better […]

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Green Growth Assessment Group Founded in London

A group of 15 leading environmental and development cooperation organisations launched the Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP). Designed to help governments strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis and peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is set to drive progressive green policy-making around the globe, reads a GGBP press release. Among the […]

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Alpine Fragility, Sacredness and Communities

The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared with the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness, says Arne Naess. This concept is not just a spiritual one, but one that leads us onto a quest to understand  mountains in a much deeper way. In the Tseringma region of Nepal, some say […]

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Harvard’s Stavins on Climate Deal

Creation of a market to limit pollution originated in the United States. The market was supposed to control emissions of sulphur dioxide. More than two decades ago “acid rain” was the global environmental hype. The cause of acid rains was the sulphur dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Instead of creating a tax or directly […]

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Sceptically yours, Bjorn Lomborg

A couple of years ago, just before some greedy banks were screaming out for bail-outs the developing world went through  what was known at the time “the food crisis”. I remember it was a boost for organic markets or for fair trade. In that context, I managed to squeeze out a phone interview from a […]

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‘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 […]

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 […]