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EU Climate Czar Frans Timmermans Quits Job to Lead Center-Left Coalition in Dutch Elections

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s climate chief quit his job in the EU’s executive arm Tuesday and will lead a broad center-left coalition of social democrats and greens going into the Dutch elections in November. Social Democrat Frans Timmermans, 62, was the only candidate and won 91.8% of votes cast by party members of both groups Tuesday. […]

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EVs: Win-Win for the Environment and Drivers’ Wallets

Buying an electric vehicle (EV) is an investment that starts paying off the moment its owner starts driving it. Indeed, a study by Energy Innovation has found that in most states, “financing and owning an EV is cheaper on a monthly basis than financing and owning an equivalent gasoline car.” This is a major reason that an […]

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Environment – World Ocean Day (June 8, 2023)

On this World Ocean Day, France reiterates its commitment to ensuring that the oceans are at the top of the international agenda. They cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and help safeguard major environmental balances, regulate global warming and constitute invaluable biodiversity reserves. President Macron’s commitment to protecting the oceans and marine […]

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Nations Meet to Strike Plastic Pollution Treaty

Norway’s climate and environment minister played down calls for strict caps on the production of plastic but said the manufacture of so-called “virgin plastic” should be reduced, as talks on a global treaty to stop the mounting plastic pollution crisis opened on Monday.  More than 145 countries are hoping to hammer out a treaty by […]

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UN Talks on a Treaty to End Global Plastic Pollution Open in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A United Nations committee is meeting Monday in Paris to work on what is intended to be a landmark treaty to bring an end to global plastic pollution, but there is little agreement yet on what the outcome should be. The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for Plastics is charged with developing the first […]

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UN Envoy Calls for Sustainable Political Settlement of Yemen Crisis

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on Wednesday called for efforts toward a nationwide cease-fire and a sustainable political settlement of the conflict. The overall military situation in Yemen continues to be relatively stable. Since a truce came into effect on April 2, 2022, Yemeni men and women have experienced almost a year of […]

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Pakistan Supports Developing Countries To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: PM

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that his country would continue to support developing countries to achieve sustainable development goals, according to local media reports. Pakistan stands in solidarity with the developing countries in their quest for social progress and economic prosperity, and will continue to advocate several specific steps to advance sustainable […]

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UNECA Urges Africa to Prioritize Green Mineral Value Chains for Sustainable Industrialization

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has urged African countries to prioritize green mineral value chains for sustainable industrialization. The call was made by Acting Executive Secretary of the UNECA Antonio Pedro during a panel discussion on “Building a regional battery mineral value chain in Africa” that was held Sunday. Pedro emphasized that in […]

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Bourbon Launches Harsh Environment Offshore Partnership with Horizon Maritime

French offshore oil and gas services company Bourbon is teaming up with Newfoundland and Labrador-based Horizon Maritime to launch a new joint venture company focusing on the North Sea and Canadian offshore markets. The new company, named Bourbon Horizon AS, will be based out of Norway with offices in Fosnavåg and St. John’s. It will […]

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Greek Ship Owner and Operator Ordered to Pay $2 Million Criminal Fine for Environmental Crimes

The Greek-based shipowner and operator of a Marshall Islands-registered bulk carrier have been ordered to pay a combined $2 million criminal fine for tampering with the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment and failing to immediately report hazardous conditions on the Mississippi River. The two related companies, Empire Bulkers Limited and Joanna Maritime Limited, were sentenced for […]

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