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[24.07.2014]

European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030

The proposed target goes beyond the 25% energy savings target which would be required to achieve a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030.

[21.07.2014]

Change in the North Sea

Long-term studies have revealed obvious changes in the North Sea’s biota.

[17.07.2014]

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity

People who say they are concerned about climate change use more electricity than those who say the issue is 'too far away to worry about', government-commissioned study finds.

[16.07.2014]

The 'green economy' can encourage jobs and innovation - study

Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.

[15.07.2014]

New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

“Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in organically-grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses.” Baranski, M. et al. British Journal of Nutrition, July 15th 2014.

[12.07.2014]

World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments

Campaigners hail 'major victory' as council representing half a billion Christians says it will stop investing in fossil fuels

[11.07.2014]

Climate action: Commission uses polluters' revenues to fund clean energy projects across Europe

The European Commission today awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding programme.

[10.07.2014]

The Tyranny of Experts

Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

[07.07.2014]

Energy- and Climate Atlas Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine

Regions undergo a renaissance in this globalised world, re-emerging as vital domains of collective life, sources of cultural identity, as planning territories and economic spaces – and as autonomous energy systems.

[05.07.2014]

What leaders of automotive industry could learn...

Another view about from one of our e-mobile event-pirates.

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Syria: War’s Toll on Women

Activists, Others Detained and Abused by All Sides in the Conflict. Women in Syria have been arbitrarily arrested and detained, physically abused, harassed, and tortured during Syria’s conflict by government forces, pro-government militias, and armed groups opposed to the government, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) will conduct a review of the situation for Syrian women on July 4, 2014, in Geneva.

"Listen to the bees" to create healthy rural landscapes, says Sussex study

Honey bees’ foraging preferences can provide valuable information for governments about how to better manage rural landscapes, say University of Sussex researchers.

In the past two decades, the European Union has spent €41 billion on Agri-Environment Schemes (AES), which aim to improve the rural landscape health by implementing changes, such as the creation of areas for wildlife around crop fields. There are different levels of AESs, although few studies exist evaluating how wildlife responds to the schemes.

Energy poverty and access to electricity in the Pacific

Energy poverty is widespread in the Pacific. It is estimated that 70 per cent of households in the region don’t have access to electricity and 85 per cent don’t have access to clean cooking energy technology. These access rates are low by both international and regional standards, being equivalent to those in sub-Saharan Africa and slightly below the average for low income countries. This is despite higher income levels in much of the Pacific. By Matthew Dornan

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Ways of a new water policy 4/4

A vision for the future: if the Bundestag, i.e. German Parliament, passes a water conservation law that requires builders to install efficient fixtures, promotes private retrofits such as water-saving showers, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers and demands a water penny from large consumers, we will soon consume only half as much water as we do today. Every year 25,000 liters of water per capita would thus be saved, i.e. 250,000 liters in ten years. A family of four would save a million liters of water without sacrificing any comfort.

Water in trouble 3/4

Even in today’s water-rich Central Europe we are heading for a water shortage. Our water is being used, contaminated and wasted. Poison in water, chemical waste, fertilizers and air pollution threaten our most important means of survival.

So water is more than H2O 2/4

All founders of religions, philosophers and wisdom teachers from all periods and civilizations knew about that. The wonderful young man from Nazareth, an ecologist even 2,000 years ago, said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Responsible handling of water is religious service. And to those who wanted to follow him, ecologically-minded Jesus called out; “Be springs of living water.” He did not speak of impure or contaminated water. Parson Kneipp taught in the 19th century: “Aqua sanat – water heals!“

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