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The adoption of the European Green Deal (EGD) marked a new chapter for EU efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The EGD envisages Europe’s ambition to become first climate-neutral ‘bloc’ and move towards efficient use of resources and circular economy. However, in order to undertake ambitious climate actions and achieve sustainability goals,… » read more

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On the 13th of February 2021, Mario Draghi, former President of the European Central Bank, was appointed as Prime Minister of the new Italian government, the 68th in 75 years. Although having a wide range of politician members in his cabinet (15 out of 24), it is mainly technocrats that the ministries in charge of… » read more

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Při sledování pouze českých médií by se mohlo zdát, že Evropská zelená dohoda je odepsaná, budoucnost evropské ekonomiky leží v jádru, uhlí a spalovacích motorech a dosažení klimatické neutrality do roku 2050 už nikdo nevěří. Realita je ale zcela odlišná. Napříč Evropskou unií se stále častěji a hlasitěji ozývají hlasy pro zachování zelených cílů a… » read more

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The new European Commission’s cardinal goal has been the promotion of a sustainable Europe through the introduction of the European Green Deal. However, the current world-wide COVID-19 crisis could potentially have a strong impact on environmental policies, EU’s effort to promote climate neutrality, and the willingness of some Member States to maintain the climate ambitions… » read more

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Over the past decade, and particularly within the past one and a half year, climate change has seemingly finally become acknowledged as a real issue amongst world leaders and progressive societies alike, with a few notable exceptions such as President Trump. One could argue this realization was long overdue; for decades, the prevailing consensus amongst… » read more

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Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It hosts 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and it plays a significant role in soil conditioning, clean air, the water cycle, and a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. However, the most recent analysis suggests a sharp growth in deforestation over… » read more

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A recent European Council vote on cutting carbon emissions showed that Czech Republic is not so eager to move towards further European integration. And that perhaps Visegrad Four is soon going to be Visegrad Three. An idea that different parts of the European Union (should) integrate at a different pace, also known as differentiated integration,… » read more

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The British ministers have recently decided that the country should use past overperformance in the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions to relax the targets set out in the plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.   The plan to tackle climate change entails the commitment of the government to a series of five-year… » read more

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“The UN’s latest climate meeting ends positively. But there is a lot more to do if global warming is to be stopped” says The Economist about the 24th UN Conference of Parties, the so-called COP24, which came to an end in Katowice on Saturday 15th December. “The agreement struck in Poland is not strong enough,… » read more

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Last week the European Commission released new information that Czech Republic and 8 other member states are behind schedule on reducing emissions. All countries in question; Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have until mid-March to deliver documents proving genuine effort to meet the quotas. If there… » read more

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