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It is difficult to generate an accurate estimate for the number of children being educated in their home across Europe, but by many accounts, it appears to be a growing number. Education outside the traditional norm of the classroom is well established in the United States, where the U.S. Department of Education estimates that over… » read more

  Posted by The Freedom Blog

Conflict of Interest in international climate negotiations has been taking place from the very beginning of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a new report by Corporate Accountability shows. This visual summary guides you through 3 decades of corporate lobbying:

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

The Case Saúl Luciano Lliuya versus RWE, taking place in the German town of Hamm, has now gone into the evidentary phase. This historic lawsuit, in which a Peruvian farmer has sued a German energy giant, might have consequences for investors and firms around the world that might have to deal with more cases of… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

A seemingly insignificant debate is going on in the European Union, which will soon reveal its true magnitude if Brussels isn’t careful. A new regulation is being drafted, with a possible dramatic lowering of the cadmium levels admitted in phosphate-based fertilizers. The commission, lobbied by Russia, wants 20 mg per kilo, and Parliament barely voted… » read more

  Posted by Ethics, compliance and consumer goods

As negotiations to design the Paris Rulebook developed during COP23, finding an agreement on the sensitive topic of climate finance proved to be a major obstacle in bringing the guidelines for Paris forward. Specifically Article 9.5 of the Paris Agreement brought discussions to a full stop during the second week of COP23. But what is… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

Austria’s Swing to the Right

After the victory the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) during the Austrian Elections, Sebastian Kurz was asked by President Alexander van der Bellen to start coalition talks. Though widely criticized, but nevertheless not totally unexpected, Kurz started talks with Austria’s far right Freedom Party (FPÖ). The far-right party became third-strongest party. First analyses suggested voters had… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The ongoing plight of refugees represents a concrete humanitarian emergency and disaster; at present, there is an unparalleled 65.6 million of displaced people, of which 22.5 million are refugees in acute need of international protection. Over the last decade, armed conflict, persecution, human rights abuses and other life-threatening situations engulfing Africa and the Middle East… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

In the last days of COP23, a final text came out that defines the Tanaloa Dialogue, and thus lays out the path for an inclusive climate dialogue during 2018. The COP22 and COP24 presidencies consulted all the countries to agree on how this process will look like.   But what is the Tanaloa Dialogue? It… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

COP23: summary of week 1

The first week of COP23 has come to an end, and an army of delegates has been negotiating the details of how to implement the Paris Agreement. The second week is kicking off with a a lot at stake, while many of the negotiating points are being delayed. With ministers arriving in Bonn, the pressure… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

On 15 October 2017, early parliamentary elections took place in Austria. The total voters’ turnout reached 80 percent, which is a bit more than the average from last years. The reason for the high turnout can be attributed to the migration situation, increasing streams of Euroscepticism and general high public interest in politics. As expected,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

BONN, Germany The European Union and Australia told a global conference to discuss climate policy that discussions on finance should not be included in negotiations for loss and damage because “not every disaster is caused by climate change.” By Alanah Torralba Loss and damage refers to inevitable costs of natural disasters and slow onset events… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

On Sunday, October 15 2017, according to the Venezuelan National Committee, the ruling Socialist party surprisingly won the regional elections, specifically in 17 of the 23 states of Venezuela, after a prolonged period of civil unrest. The opposition has alleged that the elections were rigged and thus invalid. They also called on the South American… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

‘America’s Pledge’ is inspiring because it comes at a time when negotiations are not moving fast enough to keep up with climate science and citizens are realising that they’re on their own. By Aruna Chandrasekar Bonn: On a cold and rainy Saturday morning, a long queue snaked outside the US Climate Action Centre at the… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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