Posts tagged as climate

EU climate funds may focus on Lithuania’s regional cities

Monday, March 2, 2020

The EU’s climate change funds could be directed to Kaunas, Telšiai and Šiauliai regions due to their high-emission economies, according to the European Commission. In a report published last week, the Commission says “these are a very important source of employment with almost 4,500 people employed directly and large numbers working in the supporting businesses”. “Based on this preliminary assessment, it appears warranted that the Just Transition Fund concentrates its…

Climate activists to rally in Vilnius after warmest year on record

Friday, January 31, 2020

Activists will rally in Vilnius for the Greta Thunberg-inspired Fridays for Future movement against  climate   change. The demonstrators will call for political action after 2019 was the warmest year in Lithuania since records began. The initiators are urging Vilnius’ authorities to overhaul the city’s public transport, expand green areas and accelerate the installation of electric car charging stations.  Read more:  Vilnius joins the global climate strike – photos  …

The fight against climate change

Friday, January 24, 2020

The fight against climate change was high on the agenda of the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which hosted a debate on COP25 and the European Green Deal. Urgent measures need to be taken to make climate protection and sustainable development happen, and the European Union must take the lead, the European Commission announced in a press release. At the debate held in Brussels…

Climate change

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

“I spent five dollars for a weather app on my phone. I got two dollars and fifteen cents back in ‘climate change’.”  

Are countries implementing their Paris agreement pledges?

Monday, December 2, 2019

In December 2018, at the COP24 climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice, almost 200 countries signed up to a rulebook for implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. The 156-page “rulebook” was described by the UN as a “robust set of guidelines” for implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The landmark agreement, reached in 2015 at the COP21, aims to limit global temperature rises to “well…

Climate change may make white Christmas in Lithuania a thing of the past

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Unusually warm autumn this year is a sign of things to come – climate change is likely to make cold white winters a thing of the past in Lithuania, scientists say. While exotic fruit growers may enjoy better yields, warmer weather may also introduce new pests and multiply the existing ones, like mites. Kristina Alešiūnienė is happy that her peach and apricot orchard produced abundant fruit last summer. If the…

Lithuanian govt to consider climate change action plan

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Lithuanian government is set to consider a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on Wednesday as EU member states have committed to draft such plans by the end of this year. EU member states are drafting such plans to implement the goal to transition to an economy without greenhouse emissions by 2050, Lithuania’s Ministry of Energy said. “The EU’s climate change effect is the third largest in the world,…

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

By Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco on Friday, September 27, 2019

President Trump’s statements concerning a proposal to purchase Greenland from Denmark were met with derision throughout the Western world, especially in diplomatic and journalistic circles. Other pundits even described such plan as a sign of his supposed ‘megalomania.’ Trump’s peculiar style is certainly unorthodox: his inflammatory tweets, his frequent disdain for some traditional American allies, and his willingness to disregard multilateral institutional frameworks often fuel criticism from various flanks. However,…

Global climate protests begin in Australia before UN summit

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Friday at rallies around Australia as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action to guard against climate change began ahead a U.N. summit in New York. Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a “global climate strike” kicked off in Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and the national capital, Canberra. Australian demonstrators called for their nation, which is the world’s…

Current ozone hole could be one of the smallest in 30 years

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The hole in the ozone layer could be held up as an example of hope in the fight against climate change. According to Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, the 2019 hole is expected to be the smallest in 30 years, thanks in part to the Montreal Protocol, adopted on 1987 to protect the ozone layer. In 1985, British scientists announced a terrifying discovery: there was a hole in…