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Policy Watch

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Growing the EU’s Online Economy

Proposals to encourage more online commerce would make it easier to shop on the Internet across the EU – contributing to economic growth and job creation. Electronic commerce offers many potential benefits for consumers and businesses: lower prices, increased access to goods, development of innovative services and creation of new jobs.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

New EU Data Protection Rules Talk Tough

The EU plans sweeping changes to its dated data rotection law, including the “right to be forgotten” and 24-hour breach notification. The changes could have far-reaching implications for the Net industry. Tougher rules on data protection are coming to the European Union with far-reaching implications for Web giants like Google and Facebook. On Wednesday, the

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Expanding Usefulness of Geospatial Data Standards

While many organizations see the clear advantages of establishing and using geospatial data standards, obtaining compliance from constituents continues to be a frustrating, and costly, problem.  Users are frequently reluctant to adopt a new standard given the potential cost of modifying applications that use an existing, custom schema or simply having a ‘not invented here’

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Statement by the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, On The Keystone XL Pipeline

“We are obviously disappointed with today’s announcement regarding the Keystone XL pipeline. This project would create thousands upon thousands of jobs both in the US and Canada and would contribute to energy security in the US. We continue to believe this project is in the best interests of both countries. Our Government respects the right of the

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

New JPAC Chair Calls for Greater Public Involvement In Environmental Issues

“We face new challenges every day: climate change, the loss of ecosystems, pollution, the flow of trade and all of their environmental impacts,” said Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo, 2012 chairman of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), as part of a video message to the citizens of Canada, Mexico

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Fast Action Climate Measure Can Prevent 0.5°C of Global Warming

A new study in Science to be published 13 January identifies 14 fast action measures to reduce air pollutants that can deliver major benefits for climate, public health, and agriculture.  The measures reduce emissions of black carbon and ground-level ozone, preventing 0.5°C of warming by 2050, half of the warming otherwise expected.   The reductions in

Friday, January 6th, 2012

No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules

A Missouri federal judge ruled the FBI did not need a warrant to secretly attach a GPS monitoring device to a suspect’s car to track his public movements for two months. The ruling, upholding federal theft and other charges, is one in a string of decisions nationwide supporting warrantless GPS surveillance. Last week’s decision comes as

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Council Adopted Conclusions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

The Council adopted conclusions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 focusing on the concrete measures required to achieve its main targets: protect species and habitats, maintain and restore ecosystems among others. In addition, Environment Ministers also adopted conclusions on the Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe proposal.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Scottish Building Standards

Council staff will continue to be the only government appointed verifier for new homes and buildings in Scotland. Verifiers protect the public by independently checking building work – from design through construction to completion – to make sure new homes, offices and public buildings meet all relevant building regulations. Ministers have decided, following a recent consultation, that

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Planning for Natural Hazards Under EU and International Programmes

We present case studies regarding the application and analysis of open data for heritage management. In particular case studies of selected medieval hill towns in the Abruzzo Region analysed several solutions during and after the 2009 Aquila earthquake. Case studies of Haiti hinterland (immediately following the devastating earthquake in January 2010) will test hydrographic technologies

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