News: EU approves €250 million funding for new environmental protection projects under LIFE+

[tweetmeme] Brussels, 23 July 2010.  The European Commission has approved funding for 210 new projects under the third call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent … Continue reading

Scaling up ecosystem benefits – A contribution to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study

A new EEA publication titled „Scaling up ecosystem benefits – A contribution to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study“ presents options for scaling up existing estimates of ecosystem service values to larger geographical scales. It also presents a case study of wetlands at the European level and discusses the results and policy applications.  … Continue reading

Guidelines for Reporting Climate Finance Information

The World Resources Institute issued a new working paper today titled “Guidelines for Reporting Information on Climate Finance.”  This paper provides valuable guidance on how to improve the current system for reporting and compiling information on public financing for climate change. Its goal is to help Parties to the UNFCCC develop robust reporting processes for … Continue reading

JRC – Economic assessment of post-2012 global climate policies

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre (an entity under the European Commission) has evaluated the economic aspects of greenhouse gas reduction policies from 2012 forward.  This uniquely informative study focuses on two analytical models to provide professionals, policy makers and other interested stakeholders with an understanding of the estimated direct … Continue reading

Beyond Abundance: Self-Interest Motives for Sustainable Consumption in Relation to Product Perception and Preferences

Over the last decade, it has become apparent that more eco-efficient industrial processes, as well as the design of greener and more ethical products, will not be sufficient to ―achieve sustainable development. A significant number of scholars have concluded that, in addition to these types of innovations, the consumption of greener products must be accompanied … Continue reading

Economic Inequality Predicts Biodiversity Loss

Human activity is causing high rates of biodiversity loss. Yet, surprisingly little is known about the extent to which socioeconomic factors exacerbate or ameliorate our impacts on biological diversity. One such factor, economic inequality, has been shown to affect public health, and has been linked to environmental problems in general. We tested how strongly economic … Continue reading

The economic benefits of environmental policy (2010)

This report describes the areas in which environmental policies deliver Europe’s current economic priorities, often more successfully than other forms of economic policy intervention. It provides evidence of the role of environmental policy both in providing a short term economic stimulus and in building a sustainable, efficient and resilient economy in the long term. It … Continue reading

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