Posts tagged as climate

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…

EU commissioners to discuss energy projects, climate change with Lithuanian leaders

Friday, July 19, 2019

European Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is coming to Vilnius on Friday to discuss energy projects and climate change with Lithuania’s top officials.   Sefcovic, together with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, are scheduled to meet with President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meetings will focus on energy and climate policy priorities, the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the Continental European system, and the current situation…

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food,…

National energy and climate plan calls for developing climate neutral economy

Monday, June 24, 2019

In Latvia’s national energy and climate plan 2021-2030, proposed by the Economics Ministry, the emphasis is on developing a climate neutral economy, according to the draft document. The national energy and climate plan, 2021-2030, is a document for a long-time planning of Latvia’s energy and climate policies, setting forth the basic principles, goals and directions of national energy and climate policies for the coming decade. Each European Union (EU) member…