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Less than a year ago, 197 countries came together for the first time to deliver a universal climate Paris Agreement. And with it, a promise to work together to limit global temperature rise to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Today, that agreement becomes the law of the planet — entered into force almost… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

By Geneviève Pons, Director, WWF European Policy Office Saving the planet, transforming development, reforming the economy: EU Environment chiefs have a weighty agenda lined up for their meeting in Brussels this Friday. They will talk about implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda the EU and other world leaders adopted last autumn. Meeting the Agenda’s Sustainable… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

By Hilary Jeune, EU Policy Advisor on Development Finance at the Oxfam EU Office Poffertjes and poverty are on the table for EU development ministers in Amsterdam tonight, as they get together for the first time this year. Over dinner, they will discuss the European Union’s future relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Guest blog post by Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Co-chair of the Civil Society Alliance for the European Year for Development 2015. Sergi Corbalán argues that the universality of the new Sustainable Development Goals’ framework is one of the most important features as it eliminates the old division between… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Paris was a landmark deal! A major achievement to save the planet! The beginning of the end for the fossil fuel industry! The platitudes of the leaders on the Paris Agreement were rich; the reality of the text was very poor. The Risk-Monger read the COP-21 document to see what the excitement was about and… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

By Leia Achampong, Climate & Energy Assistant at WWF European Policy Office Week two of COP21 opened with a new text handed over to ministers from negotiators, with a mid-week deadline for an agreed text. The conference is on track to a fruitful outcome, but must embody the necessary strength, durability, and ambition to ensure… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

In November 2015, the independent High Level Expert Group has released its report containing an ex post evaluation of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, as required by the European Parliament Decision and European Council decision setting up FP7. In early 2016 the Commission will publish its response. The objective of this Group was… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

It is natural that, after giving birth to a child, all parents want their newborns to have a good, healthy, productive and fruitful life. In that respect it is not surprising that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have the same feelings and emotions. In an open letter posted on Facebook yesterday and… » read more

  Posted by FEPS Fresh Thinking

  By Jan Vandermosten     A quote from Goldman Sachs perfectly summarizes the structural decline in which the global coal market finds itself today: ‘just as a worker celebrating their 65th anniversary can settle into a more sedate lifestyle while they look back on past achievements, we argue that thermal coal has reached its… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

Oceana calls on the EU states to follow scientific advice in setting TACs and prioritise stock recovery in their final decisions Today, the European Commission has presented its annual proposal of catch limits (TACs) for the Baltic Sea. The proposal is based largely on scientific advice, issued by the International Council on the Exploration of… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

The United Nations Financing for Development Conference was held in Addis Ababa this week. Yes, Ethiopia may not be Heard in Europe’s usual patch, but our spies are everywhere. Developing countries, 77 of them in fact, were pushing for the creation of a global tax body overseen by the UN. They want it because they… » read more

As it happened, I was unable to attend the lecture by Prof. Finn E. Kydland and Prof. Edward C. Prescott, entitled ‘The Poor Economic Performances in the EU and the US: Problems are Political, not Economic’, which took place on June 24th in Warsaw. I was in Sopot at that time, presenting the energy and… » read more

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