>> 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
European Commission welcomes agr
European Commission welcomes
agreement on new renewable energy target
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 Cañete 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
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.
New World Atlas of Desertificati
New World Atlas of Desertification
shows unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources
The Atlas provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land
degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective
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.
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Caspian littoral states agree to
Caspian littoral states agree to
start neighbourhood watch for the environment
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 other’s 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.
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ADB to Provide USD 80 billion fo
ADB to Provide USD 80 billion for
Climate Action in Asia-Pacific Region
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
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.”
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