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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Leading European think-tanks propose new approaches in development policy to cope with future challenges. While the new EU Commission in the process of constitution, the European Think-Tanks Group has presented a memorandum entitled "New Challenges, New Beginnings – Next Steps in European Development Cooperation".

Italy produces some 550 million tons of greenhouse gases, thus ranking third among European biggest polluters, according to the report "Ambiente Italia 2010" (Italy Environment 2010). It ranked fifth in 1990 and 4th in 2000. The most serious problems affecting the Country include mobility, legality, waste, and the "best practices" that are scattered throughout the Country are not sufficient to "create a system and characterize an united effort of the whole community".
The European Union (EU) has released 28 million Ghana cedis to support a project that seeks to promote bamboo as a new source of energy in Ghana and Ethiopia. The project dubbed: "Bamboo as a Sustainable Biomass Energy: A suitable Alternative for Charcoal and Firewood Production in Africa," aims at increasing the use of bamboo as a source of energy for the poor while providing a more sustainable, environmental friendly and economical option to firewood and charcoal.
The French organic market, which was 2,600 million euros worth in 2008, in the past year has increased between 10 and 20%, according to recent figures by the Agency Bio. "All big French retailers have given great evidence to organic products displayed in stores, in all sections of super- and hypermarkets", explained Guy Pascal, president of Agency Bio whose last figures were released in February 4.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
UK scientists have announced a £13 million plan to tackle livestock diseases such as foot and mouth disease, bluetongue and African Swine Fever in the developing world. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Scottish Government will fund 16 new projects across Africa and Asia in funding.