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Policy Watch

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Sustainable Transport Policy in Europe

SPEECH – RIGA, LATVIA  Sep 11/07 – EU COMMISSION –  It is a great honour for me to address you today as the Commissioner for transport.  I am a Member of the European Commission together with my friend Andris Piebalgs and Commissioners from the other 25 member States of the European Union. Read More

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Denmark and China Sign Environmental Agreement

COPENHAGEN POST – The environment ministries of China and Denmark signed an agreement Monday in Beijing for future co-operation for numerous environmental projects carried out through 2012. Starting next year, businesses, research institutions and public offices will be able to bid on projects which can lead to exchanges of knowledge, environmental seminars, guest visits by

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Global Blame Game Continues at Berlin Climate Conference

DEUTSCHE WELLE – During the opening of a two-day international environment conference in Berlin, developing and industrialized nations remained far apart on who should shoulder responsibility for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities

Introduction To achieve the objective of sustainable cities, an integral approach to urban issues must be chosen. In addition, the European structural funds should be made available for local projects that embrace this integral approach. This is the most important message of the Leipzig Charter, which was adopted by the European ministers responsible for urban

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

European Transport Policy for 2010 : Time to Decide

EUROPEAN UNION – Transport is a key factor in modern economies. But there is a permanent contradiction between society, which demands ever more mobility, and public opinion, which is becoming increasingly intolerant of chronic delays and the poor quality of some transport services. As demand for transport keeps increasing, the Community’s answer cannot be just

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The OGC Announces Styled Layer Descriptor & Symbol Encoding Specifications

FORBES – The members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) have approved the OpenGIS(R) Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) Implementation Specification (a profile of the Web Map Service) and the related OpenGIS Symbology Encoding Implementation Specification. The OpenGIS(R) Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) profile of the Web Map Service Implementation Specification defines an encoding that extends

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Guidelines for LIFE+ Programme Call for Proposals

EOPORTAL – The European Commission has published draft application guidelines for the 2007 call for proposals under the LIFE+ programme. LIFE+, the new Financial Instrument for the Environment, entered into force in June 2007. It comprises three components: “LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity”, “LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance” and “LIFE+ Information & Communication”. GMES is explicitly

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Environmental Impact Becomes Art

San Francisco-based artist, David Maisel, has turned large-scale aerial images that show the impact of human activities into art. His show is called Black Maps and it is scheduled to appear at the National Academy of Sciences Rotunda Gallery in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 4 to Dec. 5, 2007.  The artist illustrates the complexity of

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