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  >> European Commission welcomes agreement on new renewable energy target
>> New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources
>> Caspian littoral states agree to start neighbourhood watch for the environment
>> ADB to Provide USD 80 billion for Climate Action in Asia-Pacific Regio



31.7.2018 European Commission welcomes agr

European Commission welcomes agreement on new renewable energy target

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2018-07-05

An ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached on 14 June between the European Commission, Parliament and Council. The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU of 32% by 2030.

This will allow Europe to keep its leadership role in the fight against climate change, in the clean energy transition and in meeting the goals set by the Paris Agreement. The rules agreed will accelerate public and private investment in innovation and modernisation in all key sectors.

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Caete said: Renewables are good for Europe, and today, Europe is good at renewables. This deal is a hard-won victory in our efforts to unlock the true potential of Europe's clean energy transition.

By boosting renewable energy, which can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal and biomass, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe.


31.7.2018 New World Atlas of Desertificati

New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources

 

Source: europa.eu, 2018-07-21

The Atlas provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre (JRC), said: "Over the past twenty years, since the publication of the last edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, pressures on land and soil have increased dramatically. To preserve our planet for future generations, we urgently need to change the way we treat these precious resources. This new and much more advanced edition of the Atlas gives policymakers worldwide comprehensive and easily accessible insights into land degradation, its causes and potential remedies to tackle desertification and restoring degraded land."

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, added: "The World Atlas on Desertification will help us understand the growing problem of desertification and land degradation, and how we can address the issue. The Atlas shows an EU increasingly affected by desertification, underlining the importance of action on soil protection and sustainable land and water use in policy areas such as agriculture, forestry, energy and climate change. That's the approach recommended in the EU Soil Thematic Strategy, and it's our best hope of achieving land degradation neutrality in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Atlas provides examples of how human activity drives species to extinction, threatens food security, intensifies climate change and leads to people being displaced from their homes.

Read more at:
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-4202_en.htm


31.7.2018 Caspian littoral states agree to

Caspian littoral states agree to start neighbourhood watch for the environment

 

Source: unenvironment.org, 2018-07-22

Littoral countries to the Caspian Sea have made a groundbreaking commitment to evaluate the likely impact that development projects will have on the environment in each others states.

High-level representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan today signed the Environment Impact Assessment Protocol under the Tehran Convention.

Under the Protocol, countries must follow a set of harmonized practical procedures for assessing the impact that a project will have on the environment in another state.

Impacts on human health, fauna, water and soil are among factors to be accounted for when installing oil refineries, building major power plants or undertaking major deforestation, for example.

Countries that stand to be affected by a project will have the opportunity to comment on plans underway. They will then be entitled to receive an explanation as to how these comments were taken into account if the development goes ahead.

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/caspian-littoral-states-agree-start-neighbourhood-watch-environment


31.7.2018 ADB to Provide USD 80 billion fo

ADB to Provide USD 80 billion for Climate Action in Asia-Pacific Region

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-07-31

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to provide $80 billion in climate financing to South Asia and the Pacific over the next decade under its new Strategy 2030.

Due to the disastrous impacts of climate change, countries in Asia and the Pacific are at the highest risk of plummeting into deeper poverty and disaster if mitigation and adaptation efforts are not quickly and strongly implemented.

Asia and the Pacific has made great progress over the last half century in poverty reduction and economic growth, but there are unfinished development agendas, said ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao. Under Strategy 2030, we will combine finance, knowledge, and partnerships to sustain our efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and expand our vision towards a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable region.

Read more at:
https://unfccc.int/news/adb-to-provide-usd-80-billion-for-climate-action-in-asia-pacific-region

     

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