Europe

European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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UNGA Tackles Climate Change, SIDS and Disaster Issues [viewed]

25 September 2010: The general debate of the UN General Assembly's 65th session started on 23-25 September 2010, in New York, US, with several speakers addressing issues related to climate change, disasters and small island developing States (SIDS).

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EIB to Support Clean Energy in Italian SMEs [viewed]

20 September 2001: The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a credit line of EUR 200 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Italy.

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Arctic Parliamentarians Discuss Consequences of Melting Ice [viewed]

15 September 2010: The Ninth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, from 13-15 September 2010, produced a statement addressing, among other things, climate change issues.

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European Commission Launches CCS Project Network [viewed]

17 September 2010: The European Commission has completed the launch of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project Network, the EU tool that supports early large-scale demonstration of CCS technologies.

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First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Endorses Ministerial Declaration and AEEP Road Map [viewed]

17 September 2010: The first High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place on 14-15 September 2010, in Vienna, Austria, to discuss energy access, energy security and renewable energy.

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EEA Creates Renewables Database [viewed]

14 September 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a database collecting figures derived from available National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) produced by EU member States, with a view to facilitating comparison of data across renewable energy technologies and between the EU member States.

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Event: UNEP GEO-5 Regional Consultation: Geneva [viewed]

The aim of the consultations is to agree on priority environmental issues/challenges and their related internationally agreed goals. Discussions will also be held on the development of the regional chapters and on the GEO-5 process.  

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EEA Reports Decline in EU GHG Emissions [viewed]

10 September 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new estimates, according to which the economic recession has resulted in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the EU in 2009.

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EIB Supports Waste-to-Energy Project in Finland [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is financing a project in Lahti, Finland, that will convert municipal waste into heat and power through the large-scale use of a novel method involving waste gasification, gas cleaning and high-efficiency combustion.

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