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The potential consequences of Drax's legal defeat on biomass subsidies

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:40
Drax had thought it was favourite to get two 'contracts for difference', designed to encourage investment in renewables

It is hard to keep up with the twists in the tale of Drax's attempts to win fixed-price government subsidies to help convert two of its dirty coal-fired units to run on biomass pellets.

Short version: the company thought it was nailed-on favourite to get two so-called contracts for difference, which are designed to encourage investment in renewables by guaranteeing prices on generated electricity for 15 years. It applied for two units and they were ranked joint first in the provisional ranking of projects last year.

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UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:50
The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.
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ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:49
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16 - 31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.
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Invasive Species May Spread Via Wildlife Corridors

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:04
Nature World: Invasive species such as fire ants may be able to spread via wildlife corridors - strips of land used to reconnect habitats separated by human activity - according to a new study. Wildlife corridors are supposed to promote biodiversity, but researchers from the University of California show that they in fact can sometimes be a sort of gateway to the spread of invasive species. The findings, published in the journal Ecology, are particularly relevant to Florida, where invasive species like Cuban...
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Smokey Bear, Iconic Symbol of Wildfire Prevention, Still Going Strong at 70

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:00
“Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” For more than 50 years, that iconic catch phrase grabbed the hearts and minds of generations of children, spurred a series of books, games and gifts, helped to change the face of wildland firefighting and prompted more than one child to grow up to be [...]
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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:45
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focused on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.
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India, US Consult on Climate Change

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:39
High-level officials from India and the US have met to discuss bi- and multilateral cooperation on climate change. The meeting, held on 30 July in New Delhi, India, constituted the first round of bilateral consultations under the India-US Joint Working Group on Climate Change. Discussions focused on two aspects: enhanced dialogue on an ambitious post-2020 climate agreement; and strengthening bilateral efforts in the areas of clean technology, smart grids, energy efficiency, adaptation strategies, and sustainable forestry and REDD+.
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Landmark for wildlife crime database EU-TWIX

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:34
Cambridge, UK 7th August 2014—EU-TWIX (European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) has reached the landmark of 40 000 records in its database of illegal wildlife seizures.
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UPM posts strong Q2 2014

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:13
UPM recently published its Interim Report Q2/2014. Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 186 million, 7.6% of sales (138 million, 5.5% of sales), due to the successful profit improvement programme.
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Singapore passes trans-boundary haze act

Metla Finland - Thu, 2014-08-07 15:59
Jakarta Post: The Singaporean Parliament has passed the 2014 Trans-boundary Haze Pollution Act , which will enable regulators to sue individuals or companies in neighboring countries that cause severe air pollution in Singapore through slash-and-burn agricultural practices. The act was first proposed in 2013 after a huge rise in the number of forest fires on the neighboring Indonesian province of Riau spread smoke to Singapore, adding to the city-state’s pollution levels. Global Director of Forestry Programs...
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Team SCA races for charity

Newsfeatures SCA - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:54

On August 7, Team SCA will participate in Artemis Challenge. The winner of the 50-mile sprint gets to donate £10,000 to a charity of their choice. Participating in a race like this goes hand in hand with SCA's ambition to make a positive difference in people's lives.

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Commission publishes summary of state of play in TTIP negotiations – latest version now available

Trade Europe - Tue, 2014-07-29 00:00
Commission publishes summary of state of play in TTIP negotiations – latest version now available
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The EU and Cameroon implement an economic partnership agreement

Trade Europe - Mon, 2014-07-28 00:00
The EU and Cameroon implement an economic partnership agreement
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EU statement on the implementation of the Bali ministerial decisions

Trade Europe - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:00
EU statement on the implementation of the Bali ministerial decisions
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