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  >> Water scarcity: taking action in transboundary basins and addressing health impacts
>> Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries
>> European Electricity Industry Pledges to Deliver on Paris Agreement
>> Bamako Convention: Preventing Africa from becoming a dumping ground for toxic wastes



31.1.2018 Water scarcity

Water scarcity: taking action in transboundary basins and addressing health impacts

 

Source: unece.org, 2018-01-03

Water scarcity and droughts are occurring more and more frequently and with increased magnitude, even in previously water-rich countries. Major causes include population growth and increasing water extraction, with climate change further exacerbating the situation. OECD and the Global Water Partnership estimated in 2015 that water insecurity costs the global economy $500 billion annually today, this figure could be higher still.

This has far-reaching impacts on health. Water scarcity can negatively affect water supply and sanitation services. Inadequate supplies of safe drinking water can compromise hygiene behaviours and increase the risk of diarrhoeal and other diseases.

Water scarcity may also limit economic growth due to a decline in agricultural production, affect the environment and biodiversity by reducing environmental flow needed to sustain ecosystems, lead to conflicts within and across countries and act as a migration push factor. According to existing climate change scenarios, water scarcity in some arid and semi-arid places may displace between 24 and 700 million people by 2030.

Read more at:
http://www.unece.org/info/media/news/environment/2018/water-scarcity-taking-action-in-transboundary-basins-and-addressing-health-impacts/doc.html


31.1.2018 Plastic Waste

Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries

 

Source: europa.eu, 2018-01-16

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.

It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU and by taking the lead in this transition, we will create new investment opportunities and jobs. Under the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.

Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter. And plastics are even reaching citizens' lungs and dinner tables, with microplastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. Building on the Commission's past work, the new EU-wide strategy on plastics will tackle the issue head on.

Today's plastic strategy will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU. Too often the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded fail to capture the economic benefits of a more circular approach. It harms the environment. The goal is to protect the environment whilst at the same time lay foundations to a new plastic economy, where the design and production fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed.

Read more at:
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5_en.htm


31.1.2018 European Electricity Industry Pl

European Electricity Industry Pledges to Deliver on Paris Agreement

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-01-25

EURELECTRIC, the association representing the interests of the electricity industry in Europe, has said the regions power companies intend to be both part of a competitive European economy and reliably powered by clean, carbon-neutral energy.

In a letter to UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, EURELECTRIC commits to play a central role in the shift to a more sustainable energy production. We recognise our responsibility and are fully engaged to playing our part in order to accelerate the clean energy transition. We look forward to leading this fascinating journey, says Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of EURELECTRIC.

In the light of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the European Union aims to reach a share of 20% of renewable energy in the total consumption by 2020. In order to meet the EUs targets, the energy sector is required to contribute with at least 35% of renewable energy production. We need to step up our efforts to make sure Europe delivers on the Paris Agreement, says the head of EURELECTRIC.

Read more at:
https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/european-electricity-industry-pledges-to-deliver-on-paris-agreement


31.1.2018 Bamako Convention

Bamako Convention: Preventing Africa from becoming a dumping ground for toxic wastes

 

Source: CENN, 2018-01-30

African nations have long been at the center of incidents involving hazardous waste dumping. From the leaking barrels of toxic waste in Koko, Nigeria in 1988 and the Probo Koala scandal in Cote dIvoire in 2006, to the current piles of e-waste threatening the health of West African communities; the continent continues to be disproportionally affected by the dumping of harmful chemical materials.

In an effort to prevent incidents such as Koko and Probo Koala from happening again, and to reinforce existing international treaties surrounding the shipment and disposal of hazardous waste as established in the Basel Convention and Bamako Convention African States will come together for the second Conference of the Parties (COP2) to the Bamako Convention.

The conference will be held from 30 January to 01 February 2018 in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire. While pursuing the objectives of the Convention, COP 2 will be a platform to discuss ways and means of ensuring that the continent rids itself of hazardous wastes and contribute to the achievement of a pollution-free planet.

"We have a collective responsibility to safeguard communities from the environmental and health consequences of hazardous waste dumping," said Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment. "The creation of regional Public-Private Partnerships could lead to the creation of adequate facilities to manage hazardous waste internally generated in Africa. Previous experiences have led us to establish these international treaties around chemical waste, and together we must ensure they continue to be adhered to.

Read more at:

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/bamako-convention-preventing-africa-becoming-dumping-ground-toxic

     

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