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Climate talks missing buzz and a vital sense of urgency

One year ago, almost to the day, I had just left an air-conditioned conference centre in South Africa  where international climate negotiators were still working on a deal to take one more arduous step forward in the effort to reign in global warming. Fast-forward to the present and I’m on another continent but otherwise experiencing […]

Blogging from the Montreal Protocol meeting in Geneva

Friday, November 16, 2012 So as another meeting slowly (very slowly) winds to a close here in Geneva, it’s time to look at what happened over the course of the week-and-a-bit we’ve been here. At the Montreal Protocol’s 25th anniversary celebration last Sunday, my colleague Clare Perry gave a great speech on behalf of the […]

EIA’s Euro Parliament meeting helps to spread the F-word!

This week, EIA’s F-Gas team hosted a debate in the European Parliament to discuss the forthcoming revision of the F-Gas Regulation. Despite having worked as a campaigner with EIA for more than 12 years, I’ve always managed to avoid organising these kinds of events. It’s not that I don’t see the value of them, but […]

Do you want a say on how EIA digitises its archive?

  I joined EIA at the start of the year and have been struck by the vast range of different environmental issues we have worked on during the past three decades. Since our very first investigation into the Faroe Islands’ pilot whale hunt in 1984, we have investigated and campaigned on the global ivory trade, […]

Videoblog: ‘HFC-free cooling – from niche to mainstream’

Chilling Facts IV, the latest installment of EIA’s annual report on the progress of major supermarket retailers to move away from refrigeration systems which have an adverse affect on global warming, this year extended its scope to include mainland Europe and concluded that climate-friendly refrigeration has now gone mainstream. In this special videoblog Fionnuala Walravens, […]

Miami vice – it’s not the humidity, it’s the heat

  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog describing how environmental laws are often poorly enforced and not accorded a high enough priority so it’s refreshing to now report on a shining example of effective enforcement – the work being done by various US Government agencies in Miami to curb illegal trade in ozone-depleting […]

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