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Friday, March 20th, 2009

Siemens Publishes Study on Munich’s Progress Toward a Carbon-free Future

A city like Munich can cut its CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent by mid-century without impairing the quality of life for its inhabitants. This is the main finding of a new study entitled “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure: Munich – Paths toward a Carbon-Free Future.” Commissioned by Siemens, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change

On 17 December 2008 the Federal Cabinet adopted the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change. This creates a framework for adapting to the impacts of climate change in Germany.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Europe’s environment: the third assessment

This is the third pan-European state of the environment report produced by the EEA. It was prepared for the ‘Environment for Europe’ Ministerial Conference being held under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Kiev, Ukraine on 21-23 May 2003. This assessment is the most comprehensive up-to-date overview currently available of the

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Sustainable Mountain Development

The present report was prepared in response to General Assembly resolution 60/198, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixty-second session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions. The report describes the status of sustainable mountain development at the national, regional and international levels, including an overall

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Planning Tax: The Case against Regional Growth-Management Planning

Close to 40 percent of Americans live in states and regions where growth-management planning has reduced housing affordability. According to a new study by the Cato Institute, such planning is the primary cause of the recent housing bubble. Download Report (Dec. 2007)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Spatial Data Infrastructure to INSPIRE Scotland

S Ramage, 1Spatial – Member of the AGI Working Group for INSPIRE, OGC Europe Forum and ePSIplus contributor. Scotland is uniquely positioned to become the leading regional entity in Great Britain. The importance of federalism is self-evident to those in the European Community. This paper examines the opportunity to use spatial data to create an

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

A Sustainable Europe for a Better World:

At its meeting in Helsinki in December 1999 the European Council invited the European Commission “to prepare a proposal for a long-term strategy dovetailing policies for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development to be presented to the European Council in June 2001.” This paper responds to that invitation. It builds on the Commission services’ consultation

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The Road to 2050. Sustainable Development in the 21th Century

Along-term perspective on development o.ers some grounds for optimism. While gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been uneven across countries and over decades, developing countries have enjoyed signi.cant growth in life expectancy and levels of education since 1960. If GDP growth in developing countries can return to the rates of the 1960s and 1970s, then

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century

Despite widespread interest in the size of the renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) industries and the number of jobs these industries create, until now no one had conducted a comprehensive study of these industries. This American Solar Energy Society (ASES) study addresses this issue, and adds the following major contributions to the body of

Monday, November 12th, 2007

An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union

The seas are Europe’s lifeblood. Europe’s maritime spaces and its coasts are central to its wellbeing and prosperity – they are Europe’s trade routes, climate regulator, sources of food, energy and resources, and a favoured site for its citizens’ residence and recreation. Our interactions with the sea are more intense, more varied, and create more

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