The EEA consolidated its contribution to the European Community’s sixth environment action programme in a number of areas in 2004: climate change; nature and biodiversity; environment and health and quality of life; and natural resources and waste. In addition, the EEA developed further its information systems and networks. Other policy areas have been supported through contributions to sustainable development and sectoral integration; support to the European Parliament and meetings of the Council of Ministers; and initiatives in the wider world. The EEA has also provided support to member countries and to the European Commission, both as clients and through partnerships.
Corporate Injury Reporting
Are more people-centric metrics needed? A new study by Corporate Knights has looked at 4,469 large companies on 45 different stock exchanges to determine their level of voluntary reporting in 2014 in relation to seven sustainability-based performance indicators Their study reveals that only 19% of these companies were disclosing their injury rates compared to 62% who published information on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. The report’s authors noted this and commented that large companies seem to be...
Growing Hope, A Climate Change Report
While the world’s leaders met in Paris for COP21, the World Forestry Center convened 26 leading organizations working to address climate change in the region and worldwide. They discussed the role of global forests in addressing climate change, and interviewed The Climate Trust to showcase how they are #GrowingHope. Mik McKee, The Climate Trust’s Senior Forestry Analyst discusses The Trust’s carbon investment fund model, finding landowners to partner with, and the exciting trend of business...
Defining the balance in Recycling report
Our report examines industry sectors to show how businesses can focus on generating quality recycling by following the principles of the waste hierarchy. In the current climate there’s a huge global market for materials of the right quality and this provides a real opportunity for those businesses that produce consistently high quality material for recycling. Growth in global recovered paper demand alone is expected to increase 2.5 per cent per year, reaching 346 million tonnes by 2029. While there are...
Climate Change & Health
The heat accumulating in the earth (mostly in the oceans) because of manmade emissions into the atmosphere is roughly equal to the heat of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs exploding across the planet EVERY DAY.1 As a physician involved in environmental medicine for over 40 years, I certainly agree with the World Health Organization that climate change is the most significant health issue of this century. I also believe the Pope’s encyclical that climate change is the most urgent moral dilemma of our time. So...
Why development should focus on climate adaptation
Just as climate change disproportionately affects the poor, so must efforts to reduce its toll. One of the biggest threats to a thriving world today is that the world’s poorest people face disproportionate risk from climate change. The World Bank’s Turn Down the Heat report notes that climate change threatens to erode progress made on reducing poverty, while a Stanford study reveals that global incomes for 2100 could be 23 percent lower than they would be in a world without climate change. While it...