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04/12/2016

Judge orders closure of low-cost Bridge International schools in Uganda

Sustainable Dev.


Energy 30-11-2016

Commission defends new energy rules and climate ambition

The European Commission today (30 November) defended its 30% energy efficiency target, as opposed to the higher goal called for by MEPs and campaigners, as it unveiled "clean energy“ plans to boost renewable use, cut waste and reduce subsidies for coal power.
Development Policy 30-11-2016

Young Gambians ready to vote out dictatorial Jammeh regime

With high unemployment among its youthful population driving people to flee to Italy, Gambia goes to the polls tomorrow (1 December) in a climate of dissent
Development Policy 29-11-2016

UK watchdog calls for clearer picture of how aid investments benefit the poor

The private sector arm of the UK’s aid programme is failing to demonstrate adequately how its investments improve the lives of the world’s poorest, according to the state spending watchdog, even as the government plans to ramp up the funds it channels through the body.
Sustainable Dev. 28-11-2016

Where are forests in Europe’s Sustainable Development Goals plans?

Forests are vital to achieving the SDGs and the aims of the Paris Agreement. Without action to protect forests, the problems posed by poverty and climate change will only get worse, writes Indra Van Gisbergen.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU's next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.

Innovation and industrialisation can speed up deep energy renovation

With the pending Winter Package, including an Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation strategy, the European Commission has a chance to show that the EU has reached a crossroads, write Oliver Rapf and Julia Reinaud.

Commission official: 'Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges'

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EurActiv Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.

COP22: Climate finance pushed back to 2018

COP22 ended last Friday (18 November), leaving the question of climate finance unanswered. For developing countries, this is a disappointing failure. EurActiv France reports.
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Energy 23-11-2016

EU throws in the towel over national energy support schemes

SPECIAL REPORT / EU member states have pressed ahead with a variety of schemes to remunerate energy generators for keeping power plants on stand-by, despite warnings from Brussels. It now seems certain that such "capacity mechanisms" will remain a fact of life, at least for the foreseeable future.
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Energy 21-11-2016

Winter package leaves doubts hanging over Europe's energy future

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's winter package is an awkward attempt at blending diverging national energy strategies and satisfy the advocates of coal, nuclear and renewables. EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 17-11-2016

An intelligent approach to intelligent buildings

What are intelligent buildings, why are they important and how can we realise their full potential? Christiane Egger takes a closer look at the growing market for intelligent buildings.
Development Policy 16-11-2016

Red Cross: Yemen situation 'is probably as bad as Syria'

Unseen and unheard crises, such as in Yemen and in the Lake Chad basin in Africa, are probably as bad as in Syria - where the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has already lost 57 aid workers, Jemilah Mahmood says.


Hollande to Trump: Paris Agreement is 'irreversible'

In an address directly aimed at Donald Trump, the French president said that abandoning the Paris Agreement was not an option. The US President-elect has promised to undo the climate commitments made by Barack Obama in 2015. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 16-11-2016

A year of Agenda 2030: The progress and challenges of the SDGs so far

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been in place for over a year and one of the biggest challenges remains the collection of useful data. EurActiv's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 16-11-2016

AidEx opens in Brussels, with ‘localisation’ top of the agenda

AidEx, the second-biggest event in the development calendar in Brussels, opens today (16 November), for 48 hours, in which the international aid community, NGOs, professionals come together to share experiences and expertise.

Africa suffers more than any other continent from climate risks

Africa has been the continent hardest hit by extreme weather events over the last 20 years, according to the latest Global Climate Risk Index, published on 8 November by the NGO Germanwatch. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

World Bank economist: ‘Better climate risk management could save the poor billions each year’

Natural disasters plunge 26 million people into poverty every year, according to a new report by the World Bank. The organisation believes the efficiency of aid could be improved by targeting climate risk management efforts on the most vulnerable, Stéphane Hallegatte told EurActiv France.
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Sustainable Dev. 14-11-2016

Steel for packaging: Model material for a circular economy

Steel can be used over and over again, allowing it to save resources, energy and emissions.
Sustainable Dev. 10-11-2016

Rethinking debt, redefining development

Europe cannot build healthy societies and vibrant economies on a degraded and diminished ‘natural capital’ as this ecological debt would ultimately lead to its demise, writes Demetres Karavellas.

Marrakesh climate conference: A litmus test for the Paris Agreement

The international community must tie its Paris Agreement commitments to the SDGs if it takes climate change seriously. The COP22 is the first test of our leaders’ resolve, write Steffen Bauer and Clara Brandi.

Commission won’t regulate toasters or hairdryers after Hoovergate scandal

The European Commission today (8 November) defended its decision not to consider hairdryers and toasters for green regulation, but admitted that negative headlines about meddling Brussels bureaucrats had influenced the executive’s thinking over Ecodesign rules.
Sustainable Dev. 08-11-2016

Study: Recycling scrap steel offers environmental and competitive benefits

The market for scrap steel is weakening, but the circular economy may offer a ray of hope. A new study claims that old steel products will become increasingly important to the industry. EurActiv Germany reports.

Hakima El Haite: 'We will have to start drawing up action plans' at COP22

A successful COP22 will address the issues of the oceans, the role of women in climate action and the deployment of private and public finance to help the vulnerable, Hakima El Haite said in an interview with EurActiv’s partner La Tribune.
Development Policy 07-11-2016

Judge orders closure of low-cost Bridge International schools in Uganda

Uganda's High Court has ordered the closure of a chain of low-cost private schools backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively the founders of Microsoft and Facebook.