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A year in #NatureAlert & hope for our living planet

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Recounting a year full of political heartbreaks, environmental and humanitarian threats, hopes and action, is quite a challenging task. As Europe’s economy shows little political hope for sustainable recovery, one would reasonably expect a rise in environmental pressures, widespread concern and fear for the future, even anger at the lack of lead...

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Portugal aims for 100% clean energy by 2030

Portugal’s Environment Ministry announced its strategy for 100% divestment from fossil fuels in the energy generation sector by 2030. The effort will start next year. During the presentation of Portugal's Climate KIC Initiative in Lisbon, João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that "the idea is that these plants will stop using coal, once Portugal is...

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Less debt more Earth

WWF opens dialogue on green debt relief for a living economy in Greece Seven years of crisis and austerity in Europe are placing great strain on the European project. In Europe’s nature, life goes on: Greece hosts a unique ecological treasury, which is threatened by increasing pressures for rapid but unsustainable growth and environmental deregu...

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Crisis deters industry from investing in waste management

In its recent judgment on the C-584/14 case “European Commission v Hellenic Republic”, the European Court of Justice ruled that Greece has violated key EU laws on hazardous waste management. The Court imposed heavy financial sanctions on the Hellenic Republic: a lump sum of 10 million euros, plus a penalty payment of 30,000 for every day of del...

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Lights off for solar in Greece

By Michalis Prodromou* The sector of renewables in Greece has been dramatically hit by a relentless offensive targeting environmental and green energy policies. All recent governments have offered strong support to the lignite-based electricity model (Greece is the 3rd largest lignite producer in the EU), both by planning the construction of two n...

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Will the EU still be a green leader after the crisis?

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By Dr Viviane Gravey* When thinking about the impacts of the crisis on environmental policy, we need to think about all the different steps and institutions involved in making and applying policy. Each of these may be weakened by the crisis, undermining green policies overall. In the EU, most environmental policies start as EU directives and reg...

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Portugal aims for 100% clean energy by 2030

Portugal’s Environment Ministry announced its strategy for 100% divestment from fossil fuels in the energy generation sector by 2030. The effort will start next year. During the presentation of Portugal's Climate KIC Initiative in Lisbon, João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that "the idea is that these plants will stop using coal, once Portugal is...

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Lights off for solar in Greece

By Michalis Prodromou* The sector of renewables in Greece has been dramatically hit by a relentless offensive targeting environmental and green energy policies. All recent governments have offered strong support to the lignite-based electricity model (Greece is the 3rd largest lignite producer in the EU), both by planning the construction of two n...

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Less debt more Earth

WWF opens dialogue on green debt relief for a living economy in Greece Seven years of crisis and austerity in Europe are placing great strain on the European project. In Europe’s nature, life goes on: Greece hosts a unique ecological treasury, which is threatened by increasing pressures for rapid but unsustainable growth and environmental deregu...

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Crisis turns businesses away from green certification

Research focusing on Italian and Spanish companies EMAS-certified has revealed that the economic downturn deters them from renewing their certificate. This trend appears particularly within the subgroup of companies basing their certification on government grants.   According to the researchers from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) a...

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Brexit brings risks for UK environment and leaves EU weaker

Responding to the result of the British referendum on EU membership, Geneviève Pons, Director of WWF European Policy Office said: “We much regret this decision by the British public to leave the European Union, as this brings risks and uncertainties for the UK’s environment, and also risks weakening the EU’s position in tackling internation...

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WWF responds to EU referendum result

On the 23rd June, the British People decided their future. WWF-UK campaigned for the environment to be integral to the debate and asked voters to consider the implications their choice would have for nature.  WWF-UK is concerned about the risks and uncertainties for the environment of the UK moving outside the EU.  There will now be many years o...

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