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Vote for your favourite LIFE green city project.

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On 23 May 2018 the LIFE Awards will celebrate the most successful projects from the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.

There are four categories: nature conservation and biodiversity, environmental technologies and solutions, climate action, and the people’s choice.

The People’s Choice Award is where you can vote for any of the nominated six green city projects.

The six projects are:

URBANCOWS, Estonia: the project restored the conservation status of boreal Baltic coastal meadows and coastal lagoons, as well as the characteristic species of these habitats, in the Pärnu Coastal Meadow Nature Reserve Natura 2000 network site.

PEHRT, Italy: How can people and goods move within historic towns in a more sustainable way? The PERHT project reduced traffic congestion in small and mid-sized towns like Treviso, for example, by setting up green urban mobility hubs.

Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes, UK: The project worked with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures in London Borough of Hammersmith, making social housing fit for the future.

EKO-LIFE, Austria: Although many people are aware of environmental problems, individual contribution to CO2 emissions remains very high. The project addressed the environmental consequences of global warming and our lifestyles, particularly related to nutrition and mobility.

Clean Air, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Poland: Every day, a person breathes in about 15,000 litres of air. Besides the essential oxygen, a lot of dangerous pollutants end up in people’s lungs. Any reduction in air pollution contributes significantly both to general health and to climate protection – in the end cleaner air means better quality of life.

AIRUSE, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK: Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem. The project identified cost-effective measures for ensuring better air quality in southern European cities such as Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece), Toscana (Italy), Porto (Portugal) and West Midlands (UK).

The deadline for voting is 25 April 2018.

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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.

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.