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This week’s UN summit on biodiversity ended with some hopeful results but there is still a lack of full awareness that protecting the planet’s eco-systems is much more than a moral obligation. “We have a moral obligation to be careful stewards of the planet for future generations”, said EU Commission President Barroso in his speech… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Hot political issues come in cycles. One year, politicians think people worry most about jobs and therefore launch big jobs and growth programmes, one year later the media and surveys tell them to concentrate on climate change. So, the question is: will the current interest of politics in the global warming issue be a passing… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso briefly met with the European press today. Pelosi is visiting Europe together with a bipartisan US Congress delegation to talk about transatlantic policies on climate change and trade. The delegation visited Greenland first and went from there to Berlin to speak to German Chancellor… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The joint declaration on energy security, efficiency and climate change issued at the end of the EU-US summit cannot hide the fact that the Bush administration remains unconvinced by Mrs Merkel’s and President Barroso’s arguments and targets for climate change mitigation. In the same day as the signing of this EU-US diplomatic agreement, American government… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Dutch environment minister Jacqueline Cramer presented on 27 April the final report of an expert group on biomass use. The “Cramer Commission” has defined criteria for the sustainable use of biomass in transport, electricity and chemicals production. The European Union is preparing similar criteria for Europe-wide application. The report is available in Dutch only. Reuters… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Commission President Barroso clearly has a good doctor who helped him shake off his climate change fever as quickly as you and I can say “European emissions trading scheme”. In an article in the British Telegraph yesterday, Barroso is said to have taken the side of all these innocent citizens who might become victim to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer