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In this number the following articles are present:

What is the EU doing about truck CO2 emissions? (Euractive.com)

The European Commission is expected to propose a new method for measuring trucks’ CO2 emissions this summer, marking the EU’s first step towards regulating carbon dioxide from heavy duty vehicles. The computer simulation tool, called VECTO, has been several years in the making, and was developed jointly with truck makers. VECTO is one crucial step […]

A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux (Mark Trahant, YES!Magazine)

My ears perked up when I heard that Hillary Clinton was giving a speech on American Exceptionalism. I cringe every time this is a topic; the idea is far too close to Manifest Destiny. “The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best hope of Earth. We’re still Reagan’s […]

Congo: its past, present and link to Hiroshima (Talking Humanities)

On 6 August – Hiroshima Day – I participated in a groundbreaking event at the South African Museum in Cape Town entitled ‘The Missing Link: Peace and Security Surrounding Uranium’. The event had been organised by the Congolese Civil Society of South Africa (CCSSA) to put a spotlight on the link between Japan and the […]

Molentargius (ONE TEAM)

Molentargius is the Sardinian word for “donkeys handlers”, as the salt extracted was carried by mules. The salt industry was the richest in the Cagliari area for centuries. Until the mid-800 salt marshes were entirely natural, salt collected in basins or coastal ponds where it crystallised spontaneously. Given the high revenue arising from the sale, […]

Climate change pledges not nearly enough to save tropical ecosystems (Jeremy Hance, Mongabay.com)

The Paris Agreement marked the biggest political milestone to combat climate change since scientists first introduced us in the late 1980s to perhaps humanity’s greatest existential crisis. Last December, 178 nations pledged to do their part to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels — […]

The hidden virtues of environmental taxes (Eusebio Loria)

Economic instruments for pollution control and natural resource management are an increasingly important part of environmental policies in the EU Member States. The range of tools available includes environmental taxes, fees and charges, tradable permits, deposit-refund systems and subsidies. Eurostat defines the green tax as “a tax whose tax base is a physical unit of […]

Is there a way back for CCS in the UK? (Toby Lockwood)

The development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) suffered a surprise blow last November when the United Kingdom’s widely admired ‘CCS Commercialisation Competition’ was quietly cancelled by the government, just a couple of months before the winning project was to be decided. Already used to store CO2 emissions in underground rock formations at a handful […]

Welcome to Greendia (Alice Masili)

In medio stat virtus. Sure, when we look at the BRICS, virtue stands in the middle. The “I” of India has gradually increased its profile, despite being sandwiched in between the other so-called emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. There is something new going on there. India, given its geopolitical position and […]

Just One Degree (ONE TEAM)

Colder springs and summers. Excessive rainfall. Late spring and early frosts. Years without summers. Crop failures. Starvation. Increased Poverty. Pestilence and Plagues. Mass Death. Fear. Disorder. Turmoil. Scapegoats. Witch trials. These related calamities appeared sporadically throughout the period known as the Little Ice Age. The Little Ice Age, from approximately 1300 to 1850 A. D., […]

Africa’s alternative route to climate adaptation (Jez Abbott)

A recently launched World Bank plan sets out what is needed to boost both climate resilience and low-carbon development to protect growth and fight poverty in Africa. “The consequences of climate change for Africa are devastating and threaten to push millions of people into extreme poverty by 2030,” said the bank’s environment and natural resources […]