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Carbon emissions

A latest study by the US "Earth Policy Institute" shows that worldwide CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are accelerating rapidly. Emissions grew 3.1% a year between 2000 and 2006, more than twice the rate of growth during the 1990s!
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Climate Package

Today and tomorrow the committees for Environment on one hand and for Energy on the other hand start the talks of the MEPs on the Commission's proposals. The new directives on renewables, the Emission Trading Scheme or Carbon Capture and Storage will be among the heated debates.
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Upcoming events

Several events will be organised in the coming months in the frame of the Greens/EFA climate campaign. Among them a hearing on biodiversity and climate change, a conference on the topic of "climate refugees" and anoter one dealing with tourism and climate change.
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Development and climate change

The committee on Development of the European Parliament organised a hearing on "Building a Global Climate Challenge Alliance between the EU and Developing countries". The different speakers highlighted the urgent need to integrate all climate related topics into development policies.
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Situation in Tibet

Greens/EFA firmly condemn the brutal repression by the Chinese security forces against Tibetan demonstrators and call upon the European Union and the Member States to seriously consider common actions vis-à-vis the People's Republic of China in case the situation does not improve.
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"Chernobyl Day"

At the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe on 26 April 2008, the Greens will take part in the international day of action against nuclear energy. It will be once more the occasion to show that nuclear is not a solution to climate change.
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Olympic Games

The Greens/EFA group regards the Olympic Games in China as much more than a sporting event: they must also be an opportunity to debate and contribute towards a visible improvement in democracy and human rights in China, as well as the situation of the Tibetan people and other ethnic and religious minorities.
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EU spring summit

Today's results confirm the suspicion that there is still no real move towards more sustainability. The spring Council has proved that economic interests still rank higher than environmental protection. Even the alarming scenario regarding security policy challenges that will arise from climate change could not bring any improvements.
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Energy funds

The European Parliament today gave the green light to setting up the world's biggest public private fund for investments in green energy, the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF).
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Hostages in Columbia

After the declaration presented by EP President in support of the hostages held by the FARC, Greens/EFA MEPs held up a poster of Ingrid Betancourt. The Greens/EFA Group hopes that this message from the European Parliament succeeds in reaching the FARC.