Tag Archives: Vilnius

Vilnius is more motorized than L.A. !

Vilnius and Athens are among the most motorized cities in the world. Infrastructure and consumer spending are the main causes of such high private cars’ affluence. Conversely, metropolitan areas such as London, New York or Tokyo have motorization rates lower than the average in the country; excellent infrastructure and pro-public transport policies impose themselves despite […]

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EU Forest Strategy Beefing Up

EU Forest Directors urged European Commission to release a Communication on New Forest Strategy without further delay. Lithuanian Presidency expressed its willingness to start discussions on this document as Working Party on Forestry immediately after its publication. Negotiations on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (LBA) Lithuanian Presidency made a presentation on the […]

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Single European Sky might cut some emissions

The SES initiative (Single European Sky) main environmental trait is to abolish unnecessary extensions to the length of flights through the defragmentation of European airspace and the implementation of functional airspace blocks. Optimizing air traffic management will lead to lower emissions (estimated at a 10% decrease in CO2 emissions) and reduced fuel consumption in European […]

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Climate Action. Public Debates Start Over in Eastern Europe

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard is launching a series of public events to engage European citizens in the climate change debate and to encourage individual action to combat it. Over the next two months, Commissioner Hedegaard will hold a series of dialogues with citizens, companies and authorities in five countries in eastern and […]

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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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Vilnius, or Why Urban Civilisation Hides in the Forest

Vilnius is a blessing for your lungs. While I was researching for a short climate change-related article it bounced as a surprise that the Lithuanian capital enjoys the cleanest air among urban agglomerations in Europe. At the time I thought that the answer to such low levels of CO2, CO, NOx or heavy metals in […]

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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 […]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of […]

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 […]