Category Archives: Climate change

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change


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Earlier this week the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its report on Brexit: environment and climate change recommending key actions to ensure the environment is as well protected post Brexit as it is now.

The report discusses how policies and standards relating  to the environment and climate change are deeply embedded in EU Law and points out the complexity and scale of the task ahead.

Aberdeen University staff and students can access the full report on Public Information Online here.

Ljubljana Green Capital 2016

green picLjubljana is the 2016 winner of the Green Capital Award. The European Commission has produced a booklet in which you can read about how the city went from being car dominated to being focused on public transport, pedestrian access and cycling networks. You can download this free publication from the EU Bookshop.


Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

16451794648_a4dde69226_o (1)With the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) set to get under way in Paris on Monday, the European Commission has stated their commitment to reaching ‘a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate deal‘, with emphasis on ‘accelerat[ing] the global shift to low carbon, climate resilient economies’.

Jean Claude Juncker and Miguel Arias Cañete, (respectively, President of the European Commission, and  the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy) will participate in the conference, With Arias Cañete speaking of “governments’ shared sense of urgency and political determination to make Paris the beginning of a new chapter in climate action”.

As part of a press release on the subject, the European Commission have produced a fact-sheet with their answers to FAQs on COP21. And here is their latest leaflet on climate change.

The weekly newspaper Politico EU published an article yesterday, detailing some of the differences of opinion between the EU and the US on the  fundamentals of climate action. Read it here.

Physical copies of Politico EU as well as lots of European Commission publications on climate change and the environment are available from the Taylor Library and EDC.

Meanwhile, here’s the Eurobarometer survey on public opinion regarding climate change, and a video of Arias Cañete’s press conference ahead of COP21.