Tag: Environment

Commissioner Hogan opens #OurForestsOurFuture conference in Brussels

Commissioner Hogan opens #OurForestsOurFuture conference in Brussels

| April 25, 2019

Today (25 April), Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan (pictured) will open the Our Forests, Our Future conference which will celebrate forests for their role in combating climate change. The debates will also address the contribution of the forest sector to innovation, growth and jobs, with a specific focus on the bioeconomy. Commissioners Arias Cañete and Neven Mimica will also deliver speeches and participate […]

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Why is the Black-and-Yellow “Baba Vanga” silent about #Khatanga?

Why is the Black-and-Yellow “Baba Vanga” silent about #Khatanga?

| April 8, 2019

On April Fool’s Day, the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked for support in creating an Arctic cluster with the prospect of extracting 100 million tons of raw materials by 2030 – writes James Wilson. The situation is quite comical, as, according to the businessman, “the cluster […]

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EU urged to do more to tackle illegal trade in #ivory

EU urged to do more to tackle illegal trade in #ivory

| March 7, 2019

EU environment ministers are holding talks in the hope of agreeing a proposal for further ivory trade restrictions in the next two weeks to be presented at the CoP in Sri Lanka in May. Ahead of that meeting, the EU is being urged to “be brave” and close its markets now like other nations including […]

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#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

| December 18, 2018

From the outset of the COP24, international media coverage has harshly criticized the event’s Polish hosts for their “provocative” spotlighting of Poland’s coal industry and broader “coal addiction”. The controversies in Katowice have re-ignited tensions between Poland and the European Union over emissions targets, energy transitions, and the country’s enduring reliance on coal power. Beneath […]

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#ClimateChange – Global challenge requiring global response

#ClimateChange – Global challenge requiring global response

| December 4, 2018

Continued growth in emissions of greenhouse gases around the world has caused abnormal and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, and catastrophic torrential rains. These events are no longer just abstract future scenarios; they are happening today in all corners of the globe, writes Dr. Lee Ying-yuan, minister, Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan). […]

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#China – Failing #Climate leadership

#China – Failing #Climate leadership

| October 30, 2018

Katowice is ramping up to host this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (or COP24) in early December – but it will be the Chinese delegation and not the bustling Polish city that will be the centre of global attention. The conference comes fast on the heels of a recent IPCC report released earlier this month […]

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#Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production spread from the US to Europe

#Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production spread from the US to Europe

| September 28, 2018

As protests grow in the United States over the environmental and health impacts of the production of mineral wool, it seems these concerns are also spreading to Europe.  The effects of mineral wool production are increasingly under the spotlight, with a Rockwool plant being built in Romania this year, writes James Wilson. Protests have escalated […]

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