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Report: 7.7 million jobs in renewables worldwide

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry, reads  a new report issued by IRENA, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of […]

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Clean Energy Label in 4 FAQs

Steven Vanholme, a Belgian expat in Helsinki, wanted to pay his electricity bills only for clean green energy. So he started a hefty European network of green label for electricity. 1. What is EKOenergy in brief? EKOenergy is the European ecolabel for electricity. Electricity sold with the EKOenergy label fulfills strict environmental criteria and funds […]

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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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Energy consumption down by 8% between 2006 and 2012 in the EU28

Over the last two decades, gross inland energy consumption1 in the EU28, which stood at 1 670 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 1990, rose to a peak of 1 830 Mtoe in 2006 and then decreased to 1 680 Mtoe in 2012. Between 2006 and 2012, gross inland energy consumption in the EU28 […]

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Poland backs coal industry

Poland will continue to back coal and invest in the coal-mining industry, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk declared in the long wake of climate talks in Warsaw this November. His government has no intention of phasing out coal burning plants nor to expand green energy projects. “Poland’s economy will continue to be based on coal, […]

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Of Atoms and Men

In Europe – Germany, Austria, and Italy have renounced nuclear energy, while in Lithuania and Bulgaria the transitions away from nuclear power are not so clear cut, write Lubomir Mitev and Edoardo De Silva for Revolve Magazine. The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in March 2011 marked an outcry of public opinion in different countries against the […]

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Lithuanians Oppose Nuclear Plant Construction

Lithuanians oppose construction of a new nuclear plant, as results of the first ever referendum of the kind in Eastern Europe. 62.7 percent voted “No”, while 33.96 percent were in favor of the construction.   The turnout was just over 51 percent, thus validating a referendum that requires a quorum of 50 percent.   The […]

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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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An Anti-Car Manifesto. Robert Hurst

Following science, the human machine is not more efficient than  typical gasoline engine. Each one of them converts less than a quarter of its intake of fuel energy into work while the rest is wasted. However, the bicycle-and-rider is the unsurpassed star among transport modes, says Robert Hurst in his “Cyclist’s Manifesto”. The cyclists need […]

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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 […]