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European Union - 02/03/24 

Don't miss the New European Bauhaus Festival, where imagination intertwines with sustainability and inclusion. The event will take place in Brussels from April 9 to 13, at the Cinquantenaire Park and the Museum of Arts and History. During interactive sessions, workshops and artistic performances, the public will discover the great potential that Europe has in building a common future; the New European Bauhaus Festival is an artistic spectacle that puts the focus on collective well-being.

elDiario.es - 02/28/24 

Germany, France and Italy have blocked the directive with which the EU intended to curb the violation of human rights and the negative impact of large multinationals in third countries. This law envisaged fines for large companies that failed to comply with their obligations in relation to child labor, labor exploitation, pollution or deforestation, among others.

Euronews - 02/27/24 

With 329 votes in favor, 275 against and 24 abstentions, the European Parliament has approved the controversial Nature Restoration Act . The law will now pass to the Council, where the final vote will take place before it enters into force. It aims to rehabilitate at least 20% of the European Union's land and marine areas by 2030 and all degraded ecosystems by 2050.

Euronews - 02/26/24 

On the same day that agriculture ministers from European Union member states are meeting in Brussels, farmers from several countries have flo cked to the Belgian capital to protest against the Green Pact and European agricultural standards, causing chaos on the roads of the metropolis.

France24 - 02/24/24 

Farmers have been protesting in Europe for more than a month. Tractors and trucks have blocked the streets of countries such as France, Belgium, Poland, Italy and Spain. Their argument is that the regulations that the European Union has in place to reduce pollution and protect biodiversity, go against agricultural development and especially put them at a disadvantage with farmers in other countries.

El País - 02/19/24 

At the end of his meeting with the Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, Carlos Mazón announced an emergency plan for the Albufera of Valencia and declared that the natural area needs an additional 10 cubic hectometers of water. The drop in the water levels of the Albufera in the months of November and December has set off alarm bells among public administrations and environmental organizations, which are calling for a permanent water control table for the lake in the face of the lack of rainfall and the heat.

Europa Press Valencian Community - 16/02/24 

During the Congress, more than 230 experts discussed the role of wetlands in climate change mitigation. Valencia, the only Spanish city recognized as a Wetland City, hosted this event organized by Global Nature together with the UV, the Generalitat and the City Council in the framework of the European Green Capital 2024 program, with the aim of sharing the latest scientific and technical advances on wetlands and climate change.

Valenciaplaza - 02/14/24 

Unfortunately, the councilman of Devesa-Albufera of the València City Council, Pepe Gosálbez (Vox), has denied the existence of climate change at the opening of the International Conference on Wetland Conservation and Management. "The problem of a wetland like the Albufera is not climate change; climate alarmism I would say or climate religion if you prefer. That discourse has served only for ideological finger-pointing and waste of public money".

The New York Times - 02/13/24 

By 2025, U.S. natural gas will flow through a Pacific export terminal located on Mexican territory- a true transformation of the global energy landscape. By channeling the gas into a shipping terminal located on Mexico's Pacific coast, the new route will reduce travel time to energy-hungry countries in Asia. The terminal symbolizes a huge shift in the gas trade, influencing the entire world's use of fossil fuels and triggering consequences for the energy transition.

EuroNews - 02/13/24 

The European Union Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution allowing farmers to use some land that had been forced to lie fallow until now for environmental reasons.

The measure will allow farmers to use fallow areas if they are nitrogen-fixing crops or catch crops, where no phytosanitary products have been used on 4% of their land.

UN News - 12/02/24 

A report by the UN Environment Program states that about 44% of the migratory species monitored are in decline. In addition, the document reveals that 22% of the 1,200 species are threatened with extinction. The species are threatened by overexploitation, habitat loss, pollution and climate change. They are songbirds, sea turtles, fish, whales, sharks and other migratory animals that move to different environments with the change of seasons. 

France24 - 08/02/24 

The year 2024 begins with a record: for the first time since the industrial era, the planet has recorded temperatures above 1.5°C warming for twelve consecutive months (from February 2023 to January 2024). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that there is a 50% probability that the 1.5°C threshold will be reached permanently during the years 2030-2035.

Press release European Commission - 06/02/24 

The Commission recommends a 90% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 compared to 1990 levels and is launching a debate with all stakeholders. A legislative proposal is expected to be presented after the European elections.

Levante - 05/02/24 

Teresa Ribera has assured that Catalonia will be able to use, from the beginning of June, the water from the Sagunto desalination plantto guarantee water resources in the face of the drought. The Valencian plant has sufficient capacity to produce up to 40,000 m3 of water with which to load two ships a day from the Sagunto desalination plant to the port of Barcelona.

El Mundo - 01/02/24

The declaration of drought emergency in Catalonia is already a reality. This has been decreed today by the Generalitat after an extraordinary meeting of the interdepartmental commission . Consumption will be limited to a maximum of 200 liters per inhabitant per day in the202 municipalities of Barcelona and Girona which, as of tomorrow, join the 37 that were already in the emergency phase. "The drought will be overcome, but we are in a new climatic reality in which it is more likely that there will be new droughts and they will be more frequent and intense," added the regional president. 

 

El Español - 01/31/24

Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Hungary. Those are the five countries singled out in the document by ECNO - theNet Zero Independent Monitoring Body- for pursuing "insufficiently detailed and incoherent" climate policies. The report's findings come a month after the European Commission published its assessment of the drafts submitted by European governments to update their respective energy and climate plans.

WWF News - 01/26/24

After 2023 was the hottest year on record, society is increasingly concerned about what the future holds with respect to the climate emergency. The year 2023 has materialized the future of climate change and made its consequences palpable.

WWFF makes a possible analysis of what could happen this year 2024.

 

Euronews - 01/25/24

European farmers, who are already suffering the consequences of the climate crisis, denounce contradictory, unfair and worrying policies for the future.

Roads have been blocked across France, manure and agricultural wastehas been dumped in front of public officesand hay bales have been scattered at fast food restaurants.

MITECO News - 01/25/24

The 11 Member States signing the letter demand concrete actions to reduce emissions, reaffirming the EU as a global leaderand sending a strong political signal to other major emitters .Ambitious climate plans must be guaranteed to keep the 1.5°C target alive before COP30, to be held next year in Brazil. The EC plans to presenta communication in early February to open the debate on Europe's climate ambition for 2040, hence the interest of Spain and the rest of its partners in letting the EU executive know that they expect a firm proposal in line with the science.

UN News - 12/01/24

The weather agency warns that July and August were the hottest months on record and that the planet's average annual temperature continues to rapidly approach the 1.5°C threshold. It stresses the need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources.

EFE - 11/01/24

Valencia Green Capital 2024 opens this Thursday with the aim of becoming "the lighthouse that will illuminate all European cities to be more sustainable, humane and prepared to combat the harmful effects of climate change". This was stated by the Mayoress, María José Catalá, in her speech at the inauguration of the Capital at the Palau de la Música, in which she called for the collaboration of all administrations and valued public-private collaboration. Valencia is the first Mediterranean city to achieve the Capital status (the first was Vitoria).

Levante - 08/01/24

The Palau de la Música will host next Thursday the opening ceremony of Valencia European Green Capital 2024 . Mayor María José Catalá will act as hostess during the two days of meetings and debates that will be held in the municipal auditorium on Paseo de la Alameda on January 11 and 12. More than 400 events are planned throughout the year 2024. Thus, Europe will turn its gaze towards the entrepreneurial core of the Marina, the green bed of the old Turia riverbed and the universal heritage of the wetlands of l'Albufera.

RTVE - 04/01/24 

Normally, autumn, winter and spring rains replenish water reserves that are then used to irrigate fields in summer and for other urban uses. However, the cycle has been broken after several years of insufficient rainfall in the wet season. How has this point been reached, and what should we do to avoid worst-case scenarios? Three experts in the management of this precious resource help us understand the 2023 drought, as well as outline what we can expect in 2024.

BBC News - 12/26/23

This year has seen some notable steps taken to address the climate and nature crises. But it is also true that our attention has been focused on the environmental disasters that have dominated the headlines.

If we add to this our "negative bias", which affects the information that most appeals to us, we can understand why the positive developments of the last 12 months seem so muted compared to the negative ones.

Global Compact News - 12/19/23

Under the umbrella of COP28, 198 countries have signed the Dubai Agreement.

It is a pact that recognizes the need for deep, rapid and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in line with 1.5ºC trajectories. This news item provides a schematic list of the main conclusions of the agreement.

BBC News - 12/13/23

The nearly 200 countries participating in the United Nations climate summit in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) have decided to end their dependence on fossil fuels and begin a "transition" to renewable and clean energies to curb climate change.

For their part, some small states vulnerable to climate change have questioned its effectiveness, as the agreement does not contain time frames or concrete commitments to stop burning fossil fuels.

UN News - 12/13/23

The countries meeting in Dubai have approved a roadmap for the "transition away from fossil fuels," a first for a UN climate conference. But the agreement fell short of the required phase-out of oil, coal and gas. After the adoption of the outcome document, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the mention of the world's main contributor to climate change comes after many years in which the debate on this issue was blocked .

UN News- 09/12/23

Nearly $7 trillion in public and private funding goes each year to activities that directly harm nature, an amount 30 times greater than what is spent annually on green solutions, according to a shocking report presented Saturday at the Climate Change Conference.

Junta de Andalucía News - 11/27/23 

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, and the third vice-president of the Spanish Government and Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, have signed an Agreement for Doñana, which takes a step forward in the protection of this National Park and the future opportunities of the region.

El País - 06/06/23

The ice that covers the Arctic reaches its minimum every September, thanks to the warmth of the boreal summer. According to NASA data, the extent of the polar ice cap has been shrinking at a rate of 12.6% every decade since 1980 .

A study based on NASA and ESA satellite observations predicts that the first ice-free September will arrive between 2030 and 2050. And if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, by 2100 the Arctic region will be ice-free for almost half a year.

The Economist - 02/05/23

The 2023 Climate Summit will be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12. This year, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global temperatures could rise by more than 1.5°C over the next ten years compared to the pre-industrial era, exceeding the limit imposed in the 2015 Paris agreement.

For this reason, the COP28 president urged developed countries to fulfill their commitment to donate $100 billion a year to emerging countries to combat climate change.

BBC News - March 2023

Nations have reached a historic agreement to protect the world's oceans following 10 years of negotiations.

The High Seas Treaty aims to help place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030, to safeguard and recuperate marine nature. The agreement was reached on Saturday evening, after 38 hours of talks at UN headquarters in New York. The negotiations had been held up for years over disagreements on funding and fishing rights. The last international agreement on ocean protection was signed 40 years ago in 1982 - the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

National Geographic- 02/21/23

Valencia' s commitment to sustainability has once again been recognized at the European level with the designation of European Green Capital 2024. The title comes after two successful years - first it was declared World Design Capital and then European Capital of Smart Tourism -thanks to its pioneering bid to become a climate-neutral and smart city by 2030 and a sustainable urban development model. European climate pact news.

El País - 07/02/2023

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute collected up to 23,000 plastics from Arctic beaches over a five-year period. Among the remains that have been identified are three mineral water bottle caps, two buoys and an agricultural box of Spanish origin.

Although the plastics collected are largely from the countries closest to the Arctic, they were able to identify from Europe, Asia and the Americas.. What is striking is the waste from European countries whose waste management system is advanced; a percentage that turned out to be higher than expected. News from the European climate pact.