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Blessed be… a green shift away from the financial crisis

In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not prioritising people and the planet over profits. In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not p...
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Environmental groups call for a halt to Spain’s environmental rollback 

Spain’s major environmental groups have criticised the autonomous governments for serious rollback on vital environmental policies since the wake of the crisis and issued a list of environmental and social policy priorities, following the elections of May 24th.  The economic crisis in Spain, now running in its seventh year, has offered excuse for an unprecedented rollback on key environmental and social policies, according to the report “Ra...
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#NatureAlert: vital EU nature laws are threatened

Today over 100 environmental NGOs across Europe will launch a joint online action to save European nature from Commission President Juncker’s deregulation agenda. An internet action called Nature Alert will allow citizens across the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission public consultation and, by doing so, save the laws that protect nature in Europe. The International NGOs BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Frien...
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Austerity and EU environmental policy 

Since 2010, European responses to the global financial and economic crises have been dominated by a narrative of austerity. European governments have sought to bolster confidence in their economies by rolling back public spending. This narrative of austerity has been the backdrop to the European Union’s (EU) environmental policy-making. The extent to which austerity is necessarily a barrier to ambitious environmental legislation is a crucial co...
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New law undermines Hungary's natural wealth

Budapest, Hungary, 28 April - Today the Hungarian Parliament accepted a bill which endangers the country's natural resources by taking land management rights away from state nature conservation organisations. This act leaves no doubt that the government has the intention to further decrease the level of nature conservation. Decisions in recent years have already put the conservation system in Hungary on a downhill run. Hungary was in the foref...
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Industries speak for governments in EU pollution standards working group

The ongoing process for the revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive’s environmental performance standards for large combustion plants, including coal power plants, has sparked severe criticism by environmental and corporate watch groups, due to the increased and intransparent participation of industry representatives in national delegations. According to a March 5th report published by Greenpeace, “the whole process has been captured b...
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Businesses use trade associations and crisis to weaken EU climate policies

According to a report published on March 30th by the University of Westminster’s Policy Studies Institute (PSI), business lobby groups that often represent companies with strong sustainability strategies use their political influence in order to undermine the EU’s climate policies. According to the report “Lobbying by trade associations on EU climate policy”, the promotion of shale gas, ending the support to renewables and undercutting th...
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Industrial decline in the EU results in increased resource productivity 

Resource productivity (i.e. the total amount of materials directly used by an economy, measured as domestic material consumption (DMC), in relation to GDP) in the EU has increased by 27% in the period between 2002–13. Reduced activity by material-intensive industries (primarily in the manufacturing and construction sectors) during the economic crisis has caused a sharp drop in domestic material consumption, which has in turn increased resource...
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Ptolemaida V: a new economic disaster in the making?

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EU releases unambitious and ambiguous vision for Paris climate negotiations

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