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- 17-12-02: Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by Canada link 5
European Environment Commissioner Margot WALLSTRÖM today welcomed Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under this Protocol, Canada will have to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 6% by 2008-2012 compared to 1990 levels.
- 27-11-02: First EU Civil Protection Forum: Protecting Europe's citizens from Terrorism and Natural and Technological Disasters link 6
On 28 November EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström will launch the European Commission's first Civil Protection Forum, in Brussels (28-29 November 2002). The aim of the Forum is to promote an in-depth exchange of information, best practices and experience on issues linked to natural and technological risks as well as terrorist attacks.
- 21-11-02: Commission launches strategy to reduce air pollution from ships link 7
The European Commission has just adopted a new strategy to reduce the impact of ship's atmospheric emissions on the environment and human health. The main aim of the strategy is to reduce the impact of emissions from seagoing ships on local air quality and acidification.
- 16-11-02: Protection of citizens in the event of a terrorist attack: Commission announces large-scale European simulation exercise (EURATOX 2002) link 8
The first European Community Civil Protection exercise is scheduled to take place on 27 - 28 October 2002 in France (Var) at the camp of Canjuers. Euratox 2002 will be a simulation exercise involving radiological and chemical fall-out resulting from a terrorist attack. Margot Wallström, Commissioner for the Environment and Civil Protection Coordination, and the French Minister of the Interior, Nicolas Sarkozy will be on-site and will hold a press conference late morning on Monday 28 October.
- 16-10-2002: EU research looks into Europe’s carbon sinks link 9
Are European forests, soil and grass the dustbins for carbon dioxide (CO2)? On 18 October 2002 the European Commission will present the CarboEurope research initiative in Valencia (Spain). It is a cluster of 15 research projects supported by the European Commission with a budget of €25 Million. The project brings together around 160 research institutions from over 20 countries. It looks at whether the biosphere, and above all forests, can reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the principal cause of climate warming.
- 11-10-02: Commission proposes an ambitious roadmap for enhanced protection and conservation of marine ecosystems link 10
The European Commission today presented a radical new approach to protect and conserve marine ecosystems and promote sustainable use of marine resources. Responding to the threats faced by our oceans and seas, this new approach seeks to develop an integrated policy for the marine environment.
- 03-09-02: "Water for Life": European Union launches global initiative to achieve World Summit goals link 11
In Johannesburg the European Union today formally launched a major global Water Initiative aimed at creating strategic partnerships to achieve the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) goals on clean water and sanitation. Within this new framework the EU has already reached "Water for Life" agreements with Africa and with eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia.
- 19-07-02: Environment: Commission proposes new scheme to protect Europe's forests link 12
A new scheme to monitor and safeguard Europe's forests has been proposed by the European Commission and the European Parliament. The scheme, called "FOREST FOCUS", aims to offer better protection for forests and to develop awareness of the importance of forests to our environment.
- 18-07-2002: Marine algae a weapon against global warning? link 13
"Parforce" an EU-funded research project has discovered a new link between marine algae and climate change. Researchers working on the project found out that iodine vapours, released from algae or plankton, condense over oceans to form aerosols.
- 03-06-02: European Union ratifies the Kyoto Protocol link 14
The European Union has ratified the Kyoto Protocol today. This act reaffirms the commitment of the EU and all its Member States to pursue multilateral solutions to issues of global concern. As the ratification papers were deposited at the UN Headquarters in New York, the European Union was represented in New York by the Spanish President of the Environment Council, Jaume Matas, and EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström, as well as several EU environment ministers.
- 15-05-2002: Health and the Environment: European research on endocrine disrupters receives major boost link 15
Europe's leading researchers on human health and wildlife impacts of endocrine disrupters will be brought together under a new research "cluster" supported by DG Research which is to contribute €20 million. This cluster project will provide a critical mass for new and existing research on endocrine disrupters and their effect on human health and on the environment. Endocrine disrupters are suspected of causing problems for human health and wildlife. For instance, cases have been reported of fish, frogs and alligators changing sex as a result of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in polluted aquatic environments.
- 13-05-2002: Research for the protection of our cultural heritage: a pan-European challenge link 16
European cultural heritage is symbolic of our common cultural identity, and constitutes a fundamental reference point for the new European society. On May 16 2002, a press conference will be held in the Slowacki Theatre in Krakow, with the participation of the Mayor of the city of Krakow and representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament. At the conference, three EU-funded projects will be presented to the media in order to demonstrate the important role research can play in mobilising all relevant actors and successfully integrating Eastern European expertise to improve the protection of Europe's cultural heritage'.
- 30-04-2002: Research and Water: Global visions, local actions link 17
Water is and has been determinant for life. Its presence and quality conditions human settlements, economic development and ecosystems. Unavoidably, industry consumes water, and waste originating from production processes often has negative impacts on the environment and on human health.
- 19-03-2002: Commission kicks off action plan for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security link 18
Philippe Busquin, Research Commissioner and responsible for space policy, opened the first meeting of the GMES Steering Committee in Brussels today. This meeting gathered, for the first time, the users and suppliers of GMES services and technologies. The steering committee will assist in the implementation of the EU's Action Plan on Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES). The goal set by the European Union is to develop by 2008 an operational and autonomous European global monitoring capability for environmental and security purposes.
- 06-03-02: Commission requires cadmium batteries for electric vehicles to be replaced with safer substitutes by 2005 link 19
The European Commission has today decided to propose a ban on the use of cadmium batteries in electric vehicles from the end of 2005. Cadmium can cause serious damage to human health and the environment, and alternatives to cadmium batteries already exist on the market.
- 30-01-2002: Improving mobility in the city through research link 20
Every citizen dreams of spending less time in traffic jams, away from polluted air, while continuing to enjoy the same level of mobility and quality of life as today. On Thursday, 31 January, Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin will participate in the conference 'Towards Sustainable Urban Mobility' jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Parliament. The objective of this Conference is to present a network of ten projects in the field of land use and transport funded under the EU’s current research Framework programme. Its conclusions will show the possible impact of the new approach adopted by the network and open the road towards sustainable mobility!
- 24-01-02: Frequently asked questions on the Commission's proposal on Environmental Liability link 21
- 17-01-02: Nature Conservation: Commission approves specially protected sites in the Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira link 22
The Commission has approved the first list of sites of Europe-wide importance for conservation under the EU's Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). This list covers the biogeographic region of Macaronesia the Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira.
- 10-01-02: Commission Adopts Reference Documents on Best Available Techniques link 23
The European Commission has formally adopted the first reference documents on best available techniques for large industrial installations in accordance with Council Directive 96/61/EC concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC).