German football club with a mission to protect the climate

German football club with a mission to protect the climate

With thousands of fans travelling to matches and giant stadiums being built, football has a considerable climate impact. Clubs are increasingly aware of this and are trying to limit their carbon emissions. One club from the small city of Mainz has been leading the movement for a decade. Football is one of Europe’s most popular sports as well as a significant business. Last year, the European football industry generated 28.4 billion euros, an increase of 11% compared to the previous year. This year, 250 matches were played in UEFA alone….

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Aselle Tasmagambetova brought a report on endangered Caspian seal to international forum

Aselle Tasmagambetova brought a report on endangered Caspian seal to international forum

The annual International Economic Forum “Caspian Dialogue 2019” was held in Moscow. Participating countries have presented their innovations and programs aimed to environmental protection of the largest lake on the planet. Aselle Tasmagambetova, the president of Saby foundation has taken part as speaker for Republic of Kazakhstan. She presented a report dedicated to shrinking numbers of Caspian seal and the means of preventing it from total extinction. Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is endemic to the waters and coast of Caspian sea. Saby foundation in cooperation with Central Asian Institute for…

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Italian Conte rebukes opposition when debate over ECM reform erupts

Italian Conte rebukes opposition when debate over ECM reform erupts

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte called upon the right-wing opposition to act responsibly in talks over the reform of the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Conte blamed opposition parties including the far-right Lega of Matteo Salvini and the right-wing Fratelli d’Italia of Giorgia Meloni for “unscrupulous behaviour” in raising public opinion’s attention to the overhaul of the ESM. “The opposition is showing a poor culture of rules and a lack of respect for the institutions,” Conte told the Parliament on Monday (2 December). For Conte, the right-wing…

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Green finance sector expected to discuss climate justice at COP25

Green finance sector expected to discuss climate justice at COP25

Just before the COP25, which takes place in Madrid from 2-13 December, France’s leading financial institutions discussed the issue of climate justice and corporate social responsibility at the Climate Finance Day in Paris on 29 November. EURACTIV France reports. After a year marked by the ‘yellow vest’ movement in France, the acceptability of environmental measures has become a vital issue, including for the financial sector. As proof, trade unionist Laurent Berger, head of the French Confederation of Labour, participated in the opening debates of the Climate Finance Day and insisted…

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Airlines prepare to launch jet biofuel in Norway

Airlines prepare to launch jet biofuel in Norway

Airlines are confident of having sufficient supplies of biofuel-infused jet fuel to comply with Norway’s looming requirement, which takes effect next year, although they warn of additional costs. From January, jet fuel suppliers in Norway must blend 0.5% of biofuel in all their aviation fuel, a policy Oslo hopes will boost supply and demand and lead to lower CO2 emissions. Although aviation biofuel suppliers say it can cut the carbon footprint of airlines by up to 80%, it costs four times as much as normal jet fuel, which has so…

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Timmermans sees the “key role of hydrogen” in achieving EU climate goals

Timmermans sees the “key role of hydrogen” in achieving EU climate goals

The European Commission’s upcoming vice president for the Green Deal received a standing ovation at a forum in Brussels last week after he declared, “I see a pivotal role for hydrogen” in Europe’s efforts to achieve its climate goals. The potential of hydrogen energy to transform Europe’s energy landscape has become one of the most exciting areas of EU energy policy over the past year. Last week, Frans Timmermans added fuel to that fire, speaking at a forum of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in Brussels on Thursday…

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Kenes Rakishev conseillera le ministère des Affaires étrangères du Kazakhstan

Kenes Rakishev conseillera le ministère des Affaires étrangères du Kazakhstan

Kenes Rakishev a été nommé conseiller pour les investissements auprès du ministre des Affaires étrangères de la République du Kazakhstan le 27 juin 2019. Confirmé par le ministre des Affaires étrangères par intérim, Shakhrat Nuryshev, cette nomination reflète les contributions substantielles de M. Rakishev à la création du potentiel économique du Kazakhstan. Kenes Rakishev travaillera avec diverses parties prenantes pour attirer les investissements étrangers, stimuler l’activité des entreprises et améliorer la coopération commerciale et économique. M. Rakishev, qui est déjà l’un des chefs d’entreprise les plus innovants et influents du…

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Serbia’s president accuses Russia of spying

Serbia’s president accuses Russia of spying

Serbian intelligence agencies have uncovered a wide-ranging intelligence operation involving Russian spies and members of the Serbian military, President Aleksandar Vučić said on Thursday (21 November). Vučić’s remarks came after a meeting of the National Security Council which he convened after a video showing a Russian intelligence officer handing money to a Serbian man in Belgrade was made public on YouTube over the weekend. The video, which was not made by Serbian agents, showed a man identified as Lt. Col. Georgy Kleban, a former assistant military attache at Russia’s embassy…

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Police investigate the murder of a journalist in Malta, as a result of which they arrest a local businessman

Police investigate the murder of a journalist in Malta, as a result of which they arrest a local businessman

Malta police arrested one of the country’s most prominent businessmen on Wednesday (20 November) as part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Yorgen Fenech was detained by armed forces as he tried to leave the Mediterranean island before dawn aboard his luxury yacht. The arrest came a day after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat offered to pardon a suspected middleman in the murder of Caruana Galizia if he provided legally binding evidence of who was behind the killing. Muscat told reporters he had ordered additional police…

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US calls on Europe to return Islamic state fighters

US calls on Europe to return Islamic state fighters

The United States on Monday (18 November) stepped up its push for European countries to repatriate and put on trial their citizens who fought for the Islamic State, launching talks with officials in Brussels. Days after the US and European allies clashed over the fate of thousands of jihadists jailed in Syria, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Sales arrived in Brussels to press Washington’s argument that returning fighters to their home countries is the most effective way to deal with them. Turkey started a programme to repatriate detained foreign…

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