Category: Environment

Deficit cuts and the obious link with recession

It is a debated issue in these times, that of deficit cuts, along with the less famous theme of the “end of growth” and that of the finite nature of resources on hearth. In his Museletter 249, Richard Heinberg connects them in a summary of thoughts which may turn useful to those aiming to understand why …

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First gas extraction from methane hydrate

A Japanese energy explorer said on Tuesday it extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits for the first time in the world, as part of an attempt to achieve commercial production within six years. (Reuters) Methan hydrate is an interesting source of energy, due to its high energy density: one cubic meter of combustible ice …

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Horizon 2020 for EU reseach and innovation

295 days left before Horizon 2020 launch. Read the official documents of the European Commission here and download the Programme proposal for Council decision: Horizon 2020 draft Programme.

Europe: calls

Environment Financial support for New Knowledge for an integrated management of human activities in the sea. Open call for proposals PP/ENV/SEA 2012  in the framework of the Pilot Project “New Knowledge for an integrated management of human activities in the sea”. Finance available: EUR 2.000.000. Deadline for applications: 19 December 2012, 17:00 hrs (Brussels time) …

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Europe: calls

Innovation and RTD ICT EU-Brazil Coordinated call for small and medium projects in the FP7 Cooperation Programme. Deadline: 12.12.2012. FET Open Xtrack call for Future and emerging technologies in small and medium projects in the FP7 Cooperation Programme. Deadline: 29.01.2013. Environment 2 October 2012 is the final date to submit LIFE+ proposals 2012 to the …

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Increase of land with protected state required in the world

Land and waters protection should raise to 17% and 10% respectively by the end of this decade, according to a report by the United Nations environment programme (Unep) and others, published at the 2012 edition of the World Conservation Congress. An area more than twice the size of Argentina would have to be designated on …

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Arctic ice forecast models

Most computer models of climate change indicate the ice could disappear in summer in 30 to 40 years, said Lars-Otto Reiersen, head of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. “But there are models that indicate 2015 as an extreme,” he said to Reuters. Suggested by Petrolio.