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A few weeks ago, Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg made a welcome appearance on the radio program Good Morning World. Speaking on the European Union and UK’s membership, he said: “A very human reaction to external threats, real and imagined, is to secure a place somewhere, behind a border of any kind, where the threat can… » read more

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e_P_8dP6EQ Now that 195 nations have promised to signed up to the Paris climate agreement, the hard work begins. The signatories have all committed to ramping up their fight against climate change, but what happens next will prove crucial. The new five-year national plans to reduce global warming will provide the roadmap for action. Continuing… » read more

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Twenty city mayors from five Nordic countries have joined forces in urging world governments to reach meaningful agreements at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In an op-ed published in the magazine Cities Today, the influential group warns that any repeat of disputes which hampered previous summits would prove “very dangerous, since the… » read more

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In the last days of June, 20 Nordic mayors, nine representatives from Nordic cities, and 45 experts in urban development and climate change (from as far afield as the US, Africa and India) converged in Gotland, Sweden. They joined together for a special event at Almedalen Week – a series of talks and seminars geared… » read more

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Issues of energy efficiency and sustainable energy production may have featured less prominently in the recent unrest, but they may present the greatest long-term opportunity for Kiev to seize control of its own fortunes. European investment can also play a crucial role in encouraging energy (and thus political) independence, for the country. In Ukraine´s third… » read more

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National governments have proven that they do not have what is required to meet the global challenges of climate change and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. The shortcomings of the COP meeting since Copenhagen acts as testament to this. With the burden of recession and austerity, short-sighted national governments have thus far shown… » read more

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Welfare at stake?

Dear friends, The new year marks new challenges and opportunities. In 2014 we will see two tests of two major political systems – the Swedish general election and the EU’s parliamentary election. Are politicians ready to face the challenges of the welfare state, climate change and other global issues? Let me propose one of the… » read more

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Prevent, recycle and reuse

As urban consumers our use of resources leaves a huge footprint on the planet. In Europe alone, 8 billion plastic bags find their way through to waste disposal systems, creating unnecessary environmental problems. The OECD expects that its member countries will generate 45 percent more waste than it did in 1995. A new EU directive… » read more

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Good Night Doha and Wake Up!

Why should we give any hope to national governments to succeed in a deal on Climate Change. It is a waste of money to take more then 10.000 people to a negotiation in Doha based on false hope. It is time to create a parallel negotiation with city leaders and put the investors money into… » read more

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The figures for 2011 are now compiled and show the per capita carbon dioxide is now 2.7 tons less of carbon dioxide compared to the 1993 levels. Their goal is to reduce it to 55% by 2015 and by 100% by 2030. I asked one of the responsible civil servants in Växjö administration how they… » read more

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