Environment

Almost 40% youngsters have ‘inadequate or poor’ hearing

May 28, 2013

Almost 40% youngsters have ‘inadequate or poor’ hearing

The hearing of Dutch youth is deteriorating and almost four in 10 under-25s have inadequate or poor hearing, according to the hearing foundation Nationale Hoorstichting. The organisation bases its claims on 17,000 online check-ups. In 2011, three in 10 youngsters were said to have suffered some form of hearing damage. ‘We see trends emerging,’ spokesman Paul more...

Environment , Health , Living , Youth

Lung specialists launch ‘name and shame’ tobacco lobby website

March 11, 2013

Two lung specialists have launched a website listing the names and jobs of people it says work for the tobacco industry lobby in the Netherlands. The list on tabaknee.nl also includes health minister Edith Schippers, whom it describes as the ‘minister of tobacco employers’, as well as several other prominent politicians. Schippers, an ex-smoker, relaxed the more...

Environment , Health , Youth

Mild winter comes to an end, two weeks of frost ahead so get ready for it..

January 11, 2013

Mild winter comes to an end, two weeks of frost ahead so get ready for it..

The Netherlands has not had such a mild winter since records began at the Bilt weather station in 1901, weather bureau Weerplaza.nl said on Thursday. Over the past three weeks, the average temperature has been 8 Celsius, beating the previous record of 7.7 Celsius. It was also the cloudiest winter period since 1951. However, that is set to change. The wind has now more...

Environment , Living

Energy efficiency: billions to be made in savings

September 12, 2012

Energy efficiency: billions to be made in savings

Mandatory energy-saving measures, including renovating public buildings, energy-saving schemes for utilities, and energy audits for all large firms, will be required by an EU energy efficiency directive approved in plenary on Tuesday. Cutting energy consumption by 20% could save the EU €50 billion per year.   "This essential legislation is not only crucial more...

Business , Environment , Money

GREEN ECONOMY’S BENEFITS

September 11, 2012

GREEN ECONOMY’S BENEFITS

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, to be observed on 16 September:   A quarter-century ago, one of the greatest challenges facing humanity – the thinning of the ozone layer that protects life on Earth from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun – led to what is more...

Environment

TOEGANG TOT WATER IN AFRIKA: OP ZOEK NAAR FLUïDE OPLOSSINGEN

September 5, 2012

TOEGANG TOT WATER IN AFRIKA: OP ZOEK NAAR FLUïDE OPLOSSINGEN

Society for International Development- Nederland   P E R S B E R I C H T – 4 september 2012     TOEGANG TOT WATER IN AFRIKA: OP ZOEK NAAR FLUïDE OPLOSSINGEN   TOEGANG TOT WATER IN AFRIKA: OP ZOEK NAAR FLUïDE OPLOSSINGEN    Op vrijdag 14 september 2012vindt de jaarlijkse internationale SID-conferentie plaats. In de Glazen Zaal in more...

Agenda Link , Economy , Environment , Health , Public Announcement

Every drop counts!

May 27, 2012

Every drop counts!

Below is a speech delivered by Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Environment. The speech was delivered during the closing session of European Green week 2012 in Brussels, on 25th May 2012.  Ladies and Gentlemen, We come to the end of a most intensive week in our water year, but also a most fruitful one. The quantity and quality of the discussions, the more...

Environment

Getting gold from garbage – how some Member States are making waste a resource

April 16, 2012

Getting gold from garbage – how some Member States are making waste a resource

Top performing Member States under the European Union have recycling rates of up to 70 % and bury virtually nothing, whilst others still landfill more than three-quarters of their waste. How have the best performers turned waste from a problem into a resource? A new report from the European Commission today explains that it is by combining economic instruments. A mix of more...

Environment , Local

Uruguay: Recycling waste into livelihoods

November 13, 2011

Uruguay: Recycling waste into livelihoods

Montevideo - On the final day of a three day visit to Uruguay, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visited a recycling plant outside Montevideo which forms part of a poverty and environment initiative supported by UNDP and UNEP. 22% of Montevideo’s citizens live below the poverty line, and one third of these households are located in irregular settlements - areas more...

Environment , Finance

Fighting climate change and inequalities key to progress in Africa

November 3, 2011

Copenhagen, 2 November 2011—Steady advances in human development in sub-Saharan Africa could stall and even reverse unless bold steps are taken to reduce environmental risks and inequalities in the region and around the world, says the 2011 Human Development Report, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).   The more...

Economy , Environment

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