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Emissions trading

Early compromise on reform

The current surpluses of over two billion EU emissions trading allowances negatively impact on the scheme's incentive effect. Thus the Environment Committee of the European Parliament gave a mandate for the trialogue with the European Council and Commission on the market stability reserve. more

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Hendricks: Germany will reach its climate goal

The German cabinet adopted the Climate Action Programme 2020 on 3 December 2014. It will ensure that the German government achieves the goal it set in 2007 of cutting greenhouse emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990. more

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Soil Conservation

2015: year of soils

Soils are indispensable for the protection of our climate, biological diversity and security of food supply. Representatives from politics, science and civil society discuss possible ways of soil conservation. A wealth of activities in 2015 will raise awareness of the essential importance of soils.  more


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Nuclear Safety

On 9 February 2015 a diplomatic conference on the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) was held in Vienna. An important outcome of this conference was the adoption of the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety. more

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International Climate Policy

In line with the decisions taken in Lima, the negotiators agreed on a basis for their work in Geneva this week. A text was drawn up that is accepted by all Parties. more

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Biological Diversity

At its most recent meeting in Bonn, far-reaching decisions were made by IPBES on the focus of its work in the future. Under the new programme of work, more thematic assessments are to be carried out on biodiversity and ecosystem services. more

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