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The paradox of so many going hungry and so many others wasting food
Part 2 – More Bejesus Needed, But for Whom?PAST 1 Apr 2017
How to phase out coal by 2030, with different plans for different coal-dependent countries
The use of vans has exploded since the 1990s, yet vans are truly the neglected outlier of Europe’s freight transport policy
Richard K.F. Unsworth, Jessie Jarvis, Len McKenzie, and Mike van Keulen, “Seagrass is a marine powerhouse, so why isn’t it on the world’s conservation agenda?”
Seagrass, around since dinosaurs, keeps the world’s coastlines clean and healthy, and supports many different species of animal, including humans
In the wake of the 2nd Cork Declaration on Rural Development, Thomas Quinn weighs up the chronic imbalances of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
“Range anxiety” from driving electric cars is very rapidly going to become an anachronism.
It’s time to break the mantra that reducing the sector’s climate impact will be costly
Berna van Vilsteren and Vincent Harmsen, “Clean air bought the farm: agro-lobby decimates air quality directive”
The inside story of how the agriculture sector lobbied to weaken EU air quality standards with serious consequence for the health of Europeans
China is pushing the developing world into the lead on renewables
That’s a key reason almost everything you know about climate change solutions is probably outdated.
The so-called “greening” of the CAP is a fundamentally flawed EU policy model, especially for semi-natural or High Nature Value pastures
European Environmental Bureau, “Smoke and mirrors as Commission issues Circular Economy Package with weaker waste targets”
The EU Commission withdrew waste targets in 2014 to deliver more ambitious targets, only to offer weaker targets in 2015
On the disturbing and well documented problems with TTIP and why the proponents of TTIP are worried
On the International Energy Agency projection that renewables account for half of additional global generation and will overtake coal around 2030 to become the largest power source
Samantha Page, “Bill Gates Plans To Invest $2 Billion In New Renewable Technology. That’s Not A Great Idea.”
Gates wants to invest in “new” technology when we already have scalable, workable technology for renewable energy that needs support
A view of the Paris climate talks from India’s leading environmental writer
Samantha Page, “A Global Agreement On Climate Change Likely Won’t Include Carbon Pricing: But is carbon pricing ‘inevitable’?”
While Paris talks may not include carbon pricing, is it an idea whose time has come?
How reports about the global warming impact of methane compared to carbon dioxide are outdated and wrong.
The broken records inside the 2014 “State of the Climate” report from the AMA and NOAA
Why diesel vehicles cause more problems than they are worth
On the failure of EU to protect biodiversity by 2020 and possible solutions – legislation, communication, valuation
European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Client Earth (CE), Justice and Environment (JE), “Open Letter to European Commission on Access to Justice”
On the need for EU Commission to take action to assure access to justice on environmental matters
Not likely going to get commitments in Paris for steady post-2030 cuts that ultimately lead to 2 degrees C. But not all is lost.
Idea of ‘fixing’ the climate by hacking the Earth’s reflection of sunlight is wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad