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Shipping emissions

The Commission has said that it will draft legislation this year to tackle the shipping industry's rapidly growing contribution to global warming. The plan is to include the sector in Europe's CO2 cap-and-trade system ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme).
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Transatlantic relations

Climate change is now at the top of the agenda and the EU must pressure the US to engage meaningfully in international efforts to tackle the problem. Civil and human rights concerns - whether over data-sharing, CIA renditions or Guantanamo - must also be addressed, as must foreign policy issues like the Middle East, Iran, Iraq and Afghani…
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Food or fuels?

Agro-fuel euphoria - a threat for global food security A shift of investments and land from food to fuel production puts global food security at a serious risk. Agro-fuels produced from grain, oilseeds and sugarcane - misleadingly called biofuels - result in an unsustainable use of land, water and e...
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Organic food - discounted?

Organic agriculture - a benchmark for sustainable development Over the past decades organic agriculture has become a benchmark for sustainable farming practices and responsible consumption of food. Organic farming includes the protection of nature and animals as well as the conservation and use of b...
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Emissions trading scheme

Officials and politicians from California were in Brussels this week to study the EU's ETS and discuss other climate-related policies. California has plans to start ist own state scheme in 2012 which is the last year of the EU ETS's second phase.
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Solar power

One of the world's larget solar energy plants, located in southern Portugal, started delivering electricity to about 8,000 homes this week.It is expected to produce the most power worldwide compared to other existing solar energy plants.
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Transport subsidies

In a report issued last week, the European Environmental Agency quantified the transport subsidies in Europe.It concludes that environmental objectives are "not a significant motivation" for the majority of subsidies...
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Dirty energy

On 15 March Russia, Greece and Bulgaria concluded a deal on the construction of an oil pipeline that links the Bulgarian port of Burgas and the Greek port of Alexandroupolis. While localised environmental problems along the pipeline are expected, the project might also get EU public fundings. To tackle climate change the EU supports dirty…
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Nuclear error since 1957

On Friday 23 March, the EU anti-nuclear organisations will give to the Commission a petition calling for an abolition of the Euratom Treaty and a phase out of nuclear power across Europe. The success of this petition confirms the results of the last Eurobarometer poll which clearly shows that the majority of the EU citizens are against nu…
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EU Spring Summit

On 9 March the EU heads of government agreed on future climate and energy targets. The 20% targets by 2020 in climate, renewables and energy efficiency are the final most important results.