Lahnstein must speak up
When Norwegian deputy minister Mr. Lahnstein is in Murmansk this week for the Norwegian-Russian bi-lateral nuclear commission, he must use the opportunity to demand a decommission plan for Kola NPP.
Albertine Rift Valley is one of Africa's most important biodiversity conservation areas and gives livelihoods to millions of people. However, oil companies and governments are now eager to pump up the big quantities of oil which have been discovered under the surface. In May, representatives from the Oilwatch Africa Network and Norges Naturvernforbund (Friends of the Earth Norway) visited the Ugandan part of this unique area to learn, share experiences and support the struggle to preserve all the values of the area.
A new regular session of climate negotiations began in Bonn, Germany, on Monday. Representatives of 182 countries - members of the UN participate in the session, which is to last until Friday, June 11. Currently, the world's emissions of greenhouse gases are regulated by the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in late 2012.
Despite severe health and environmental consequences caused by the Russian aluminum production, the Norwegian company Hydro imports a significant proportion of their aluminum from the country. A number of Russian and European environmental organizations are demanding Hydro to either cease the import, or put significant pressure on the Russian aluminum industry to improve the environmental performance.
On March 19th and 20th 2010 “solar barrels” assembling workshop took place in environment and economics lyceum 65 in Bishkek. It was organized by BIOM environmental movement in cooperation with Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation and with the help from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry as part of SPARE project.
The winners of the national SPARE competition were announced during the forum "Environmental message for Tarnovo" organised elegantly by the American College Arcus on 15th March, 2010. The national coordinator Todor Todorov announced the results of the competition in front of a prominent audience - the mayor of the city of Veliko Tarnovo d-r Rashev, local and national media, representatives of the Board of the Arcus College, the management of the College, teachers and students.
The final round of the International Competition on Youth Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency Projects was held in Kyiv at the National Environmental and Naturalistic Youth Center of Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science. The works of the winners from Ukraine will be presented this spring in the final contest in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
A practical seminar on energy saving cooking stoves was held in Nosiri village of Khusravi district. The event was organized by «Little Earth» environmental organization with the help from Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation. The main task of the practical training was to demonstrate new and more advanced clay stoves constructions for cooking.
In January 2010 the Month of Energy Saving was organized in Ismailli district of Azerbaijan. Competitions, actions and other events took place at some schools. After exchanging views on global warming, COP-15, the consequences of climate change in Azerbaijan, the school children answered the following question “What steps would I undertake if I were a minister of energy?”
Representatives of several organizations active in SPARE are present in Copenhagen. The main task of the organizations is to influence on their national delegations policies and positions in the negotiations, and to bring information back to their home countries on the negotiations.
Public Chamber of Russia has formed a working group on environmental education and public awareness. The working group has high level participation and aim at more and better environmental education in Russia. SPARE has been recognized as one of the most important stakeholders and invited to participate.
Today, Russia has announced it will increase their climate goals for 2020. The current goals are at 10-15 percent below 1990-levels, but at today’s EU summit Russia announced new targets of 25 percent below 1990-levels.