CrisisWatch

Crisis

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...
Read more...

Ptolemaida V: a new economic disaster in the making?

by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak28dcd76f59a76d8778162a87c6aa3810').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy28dcd76f59a76d8778162a87c6aa3810 = 'n.mantzaris' + '@'; addy28dcd76f59a76d8778162a87c6aa3810 = addy28dcd76f59a76d8778162a87c6aa3810 + 'wwf' + '.'...
Read more...

EU releases unambitious and ambiguous vision for Paris climate negotiations

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak914732331009f89b9c5573f64dec11fa').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy914732331009f89b9c5573f64dec11fa = 'n.mantzaris' + '@'; addy914732331009f89b9c5573f64dec11fa = addy914732331009f89b9c5573f64dec11fa + 'wwf' + '.'...
Read more...

Commission recommends path to greener tax policies

Fixed in its original orientation towards economic growth, the Commission called on member states to promote greener tax policies through its European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination: “Environmental taxes remain underdeveloped in many Member States and their revenues in percentage of GDP declined during the period 1999-2008, despite efforts to move to a greener society. Revenues have however increased in 2009 2010 and 2011. The...
Read more...

Bulgarian green groups opposing ski resort receive threat calls

Threat calls from persons associating themselves with plans for further developments at the ski resort of Bansko (Pirin National Park) have been addressed to members of the  environmental coalition "For Nature in Bulgaria", of which WWF is a founding NGO. The coalition reported to the General Prosecutor's office that certain of its members received threatening telephone calls warning them to “take adequate, personal measures", with a request...
Read more...

People’s protests and falling oil & gas prices drive fracking out of Romania

The Romanian Government’s oil & gas fever will likely cool down after Chevron’s announcement that it intends to terminate its operations in the country. Following widespread protests and triggered by the falling prices and unsatisfactory exploration results, the US based energy giant Following a recent announcement by Chevron about its decision to quit shale-exploration in Poland “[t]hat leaves Romania, where we are in the process of...
Read more...

Environmental rescue  package in the hands of the new Greek government

Highlighting the most urgent actions and reforms for the protection of the environment and the development of a living economy that will safely lead Greece out of the economic crisis, WWF Greece addressed PM Alexis Tsipras, Minister of Economy George Stathakis, Minister for Productive Reconstruction & Environment Panayiotis Lafazanis and Alternate Minister Yiannis Tsironis. In the statement, WWF identifies a series of priority actions in the...
Read more...

Environmental law is a sustainable investment

A recent report by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) demonstrates the value of a smart and well enforced environmental legal corpus. The report covers 428 sets of regulations overseen by DEFRA, of which 53% are derived from EU or international law, the rest being national legislation. As stated in the report “Emerging Findings from Defra’s Regulation Assessment - First update covering 2012”, which was...
Read more...

Greece changes government and environmental policy 

The announcement of Greece’s new Government was followed by the surprising abolition of the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change and its merger with agriculture and industry under the title “Ministry for Productive Restructuring, Environment and Energy”. Panayiotis Lafazanis, an experienced MP, will head the ministry as Minister. Yiannis Tsironis, a member of the Ecologists-Greens party, was appointed as Alternate Minister i...
Read more...

Italian EU Presidency closes with sustainability deficit

The commitment for “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” and “green economy”, which marked the launch of Italy’s Presidency of the EU in July 2014, was not honoured. According to WWF Italy, the semester of the Italian lead of the EU Council came to its conclusion having failed to come up with the promised innovative proposal that would carve the country’s way out of the crisis and boost the EU’s economy as a whole. More specific...
Read more...