This book assesses the use of ‘new’ environmental policy instruments in European Union countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, and analyses whether traditional forms of top-down government have given way to less hierarchical governance instruments, which rely strongly on societal self-steering and/or market forces.
Recommendations from the LOWCAP (Low Carbon Regions in the North Sea) project have now been published online. LOWCAP is a partnership of organisations from the UK, Germany, Belgium and Norway working together to deliver a common approach towards carbon reduction and energy efficiency within the North Sea Region. The report describes how translating EU-wide targets into practical initiatives which deliver real change is a major challenge for policy-makers on all policy levels.
On 9th May 2013, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958. As reported on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website (http://researchmatters.noaa.gov/news/Pages/CarbonDioxideatMaunaLoareaches400ppm.aspx), the rate of increase has accelerated since the measurements started, from about 0.7 ppm per year in the late 1950s to 2.1 ppm per year during the last 10 years.
The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) has released its latest Quarterly Report on the future of the European Union Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) in light of the Rio+20 outcomes. The report is divided into five main chapters. The first chapter presents the Rio+20 process and its implementation at the EU level. The second chapter offers a comparative analysis of the Rio+20 outcome document and EU policy strategies, whilst the third chapter gives a description of those objectives included in the EU SDS of 2006 that have not been achieved yet.
The 2012 United Nations summit in Brazil required governments to create a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) that would be integrated into the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their 2015 deadline. Discussions on how to formulate these have continued in recent weeks at UN headquarters in New York. This article provides an overview of a recently published commentary by 10 scientists and development analysts who have proposed a fundamentally different way to approach this task.
There was no Annual Conference in 2011 as funding for the new phase of the Network was confirmed too late to allow sufficient time for conference organisation. However, an evening event was held in December 2011 to mark the launch of the new phase of the Network.