Tag: Environment

Ursula von der Leyen must take on Europe’s biggest #Climate rebel: Germany

Ursula von der Leyen must take on Europe’s biggest #Climate rebel: Germany

| July 25, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen won’t assume the European Commission presidency for another four months, but the battle that will define her tenure is already underway. After years of sluggish European progress on climate change, Von der Leyen has committed herself to a bold new ‘Green Deal’, with the goal of securing carbon neutrality by 2050. […]

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Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

| July 18, 2019

There are more than a 1.1 billion smokers in the world, and it’s estimated that 8 million people die every year as a result of their addiction to cigarettes. By any reasonable metric, smoking is perhaps the greatest and most salient public health emergency of our time. The scale of this crisis is magnified even […]

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Five recyclable household items that need more #recycling

Five recyclable household items that need more #recycling

| June 28, 2019

As the world continues to confront a variety of complex environmental problems, recycling is one of the tools that we humans can use to reduce our overall impact on the ecosystem. Some items contain harmful, non-biodegradable materials that need to be properly processed and disposed of – such as certain electronic components – while others […]

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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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