The European climate debate - getting hotter
The state of our planet was definitely at the forefront of the political agenda this week in both Paris and Brussels. At Unesco headquarters in Paris, five hundred scientists from the intergovernmental panel on climate change, the panel which inspired the Kyoto protocol, warned that global warming was already on the march, and that humans were to blame. The French capital was also home of the two day international environment’s conference hosted by French President Jacques Chirac. Meanwhile in Brussels, forty four seminars took place throughout the Belgian capital, as part of the European Union’s sustainable energy week.
End of an era for German coal
Germany is going to scrap its huge state subsidies for coal in this country, ending more than 200 hundred years of mining tradition of the only major natural resource to be found here. Government negotiators and mining company officials Sunday night thrashed out a deal envisaging the phase out of billions of euros in coal subsidies by 2018, however, with an option to revise the decision
Change ahead for Europe’s organic farm-isle
The southern Italian island of Sicily is better known for its organised crime than its environmental record. And for those who have choked on the horrific pollution of the capital Palermo, it may come as a surprise that Sicily is one of the biggest regional producers of organic produce in the European Union.
Culture clash creates tension Madrid suburb
In Spain, all eyes were on Alcorcón last weekend, a city just 20 kilometres from the capital Madrid. Many feared renewed street violence between Spanish and Latin American youths, after clashes the week before left four people wounded and the whole country in fear of escalation. Because of a huge police deployment this didn’t happen, but tensions remain high.
Krakow reaps the reward of new tourism trends
The historic city of Krakow, Poland’s former royal capital, is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for tourists from across Europe and beyond. What is the secret of the city’s fast-growing popularity?