Environment

Climate change to have further impact across Europe

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In a new report, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) said that the observed climate change has already led to a wide range of impacts on environmental systems and the society. The report ‘Climate change, impacts...

EU budget: steps towards a sustainable future?

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Wrangling between EU member states over the budget is weakening Europe at a time when it needs strength to compete in a globalised world, campaigners are warning. EU heads of state and government gather on...

Potočnik: We must reverse land degradation

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The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission launched a conference on 'Land and soil degradation post Rio+20' in Brussels on 16 November 2012. The objective of this conference was to discuss the results of...

Commission presented a new European strategy on the protection of Europe’s water resources

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The European Commission has launched the Blueprint a new European Strategy on the protection of Europe’s water resources. Blueprint’s main objective is to ensure good quality water for European citizens, environment and economy. Environment Commissioner...

EU to “stop clock” on ETS, aviation emissions

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After the last week's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard stated that EU will “stop the clock” on the implementation of its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)...

EU to promote green growth and resource efficiency

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European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik delivered a speech at the European Resource Efficiency Forum "Vision 2020 – the role of resource efficiency for Europe's future", held today in Berlin, Germany, explaining green growth’s...

EU celebrates Montreal Protocol’s 25th anniversary and calls for reduction of HFCs emissions

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European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, spoke today during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol that took place in Geneva, Switzerland. In her speech, she expressed her satisfaction over...

Commission urges for climate action

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The European Commission proposed yesterday a new Regulationto replace the existing one on fluorinated greenhouse gases (Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006). The proposed...

EU launches €5 million programme for the protection of the Mediterranean from disasters

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The European Commission announced today the adoption of a new civil protection programme in the Mediterranean region, based on the previously successful Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and...

European Council promotes use of cleaner marine fuels

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The Council of the European Union announced today the amendment of the directive regarding the sulphur content of marine fuels. The new directive aims to reduce emissions from shipping that increase air pollution due to...

Commission launches public consultation on sustainable development

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The European Commission launched a public consultation with the purpose of gathering views and ideas in order to achieve the full implementation of sustainable development both on global and EU level. The consultation is...

Commission updates environmental impact assessment procedures

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The European Commission published today a series of proposals for law amendments in order to improve environmental impact assessments. The proposals aim to lift administrative burdens and facilitate access to potential impacts of major...

EU tackles Biodiversity loss

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The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) was held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012. It was organized during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) as declared by...

Eight candidate cities for the European Green Capital Award 2015

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Eight cities will compete for the European Green Capital Award 2015, according to today’s announcement. These cities are: Bristol (UK),Brussels (Belgium),Bydgoszcz (Poland), Dublin (Ireland),Glasgow (UK), Kaunas (Lithuania), Kutahya (Turkey) and Ljubljana (Slovenia). As EU Environment...

New guidelines on inland navigation and nature protection

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The Commission is preparing new guidelines on inland navigation and nature protection. The new guidelines will be structured in a way to be compatible with the EU environmental and natural legislation. The guidelines presented...

A sustainable future for development?

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Several days after the European Union received the Nobel peace prize, to much congratulation, self-congratulation and bafflement, its worthiness was still being debated. At the European Development Days conference, which took place in Brussels...

AOA report urges protection of East Antarctic marine environment

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In the context of the upcoming Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting focusing on marine protection, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has published today a report regarding the need...

Primates on the verge of extinction

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A report of the world’s 25 most endangered primates has been published today during the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP11. The report entitled “Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2012–2014”...

Vulnerability to natural disasters quantified

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Countries most vulnerable to natural disasters are not necessarily the ones facing the most environmental degradation, a new report finds. According to WorldRiskReport 2012, prepared by the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security...

Plant based biofuels back in the spotlight

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Last September the European Commission admitted that it needs to revise its policy regarding biofuels since their use may involve certain risks. Plant based biofuels seem to have an impact on food prices at...

EU approves lukewarm directive on offshore drilling rules

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On 9 October, the European Parliament’s Energy Committee approved a draft law under which energy firms would have to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before getting a license to drill offshore...

Kick-starting the economy through green policies

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If the last round of global climate talks are considered a failure, then Europe should have the courage to step up and fill the gap left between international positions, taking like-minded partners with it,...

Potočnik: EU must forge ahead with green economy

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As Europe struggles to get itself out to the economic crisis, it is vital for member states to “adjust and reform” their economies, according the the EU’s environment commissioner. Speaking at the annual conference of...

My Arctic

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On 28 September, Total told New Europe that the French energy group gives priority to gas when it comes to exploration and production in the Arctic. On 26 September, in a statement that was music to...

Fracking causes serious health and environmental problems – report

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Shale gas exploration could “lock Europe into continued dependency on fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy, energy savings and significant reductions in climate-changing emissions, a new report states. The report, Unconventional and Unwanted:...

Oil firms to be liable for damage costs

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Oil and gas firms should be liable for costs of environmental damage in the event of an accident, the European Parliament’s environment committee has said. Voting on EU draft legislation on offshore oil and gas...

Chain mail

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It could be any town or city in Europe. The sight of crowded roads and town centre streets and pavements being blocked by endless streams of vans and trucks as drivers let their vehicles...

European Parliament committee adopts transparency report

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The European Parliament has endorsed a new report on transparency in the oil, ags and mining sectors. The parliament’s legal affairs committee back a report by UK member Arlene McCarthy, would require all European-listed, as...

Rising food prices linked to biofuel demand

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Oxfam international has expressed concern about the impact which EU biofuel mandates have on millions of people around the world in a new report examining the influence of EU biofuels on food prices. ‘The Hunger...

EEA: 2011 greenhouse emissions down 2.5 %

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According to estimations made by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), the EU's total 2011 greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.5 %, despite higher coal consumption and a growing gross domestic product (GDP). In addition, the...

Asia-Pacific agreement on ‘green’ technology

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A new step forward on clean technology has been took. The group Asia-Pacific nations had decided to promote “green” technologies and, according to a senior US official, the American country is also urging them...

Human right to water to be first EU Citizens Initiative?

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 Are all Europeans guaranteed the right to drinking water?  According to the organisers of this European Citizens Initiative action more needs to be done and universal 100 percent coverage within Europe is still lacking. "Europe...

Netherlands wants new rules for energy exploitation in Arctic

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The Netherlands wants to see international rules introduced for energy exploitation in the Arctic to prevent environmental damage, said Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in a speech at the international...

Dutch greenhouse gas emissions fall 6.5% in 2011

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Greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands were more than 6.5% lower in 2011 than in 2010. This was caused by a decrease in energy consumption of nearly 7%. Emissions of greenhouse gases were 8%...

Denmark: Vestas in talks with Mitsubishi

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Shares in Vestas Wind Systems AS surged 19% on 29 August, after the world’s largest wind-turbine maker confirmed it’s in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd over a strategic pact, it was reported. The Denmark-based...

ETS link-up possible on a ‘world wide scale’

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The European Commission and Australia have announced a link up between their emissions trading systems, in a commitment to cut the amount of carbon pollution and increase liquidity in the market.   Initially the plan...

Australia, EU link emissions trading systems

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The European Union and Australia have reached agreement on linking their emissions trading systems Under an interim agreement, Australian businesses will be able to use EU allowances to help meet liabilities under the Australian emissions...