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    World Doubles Down on Climate Action, Prepares to Lead Without U.S.

    World Doubles Down on Climate Action, Prepares to Lead Without U.S.

    In a statement to be released Friday, the EU and China will reaffirm support for the accords and present a joint strategy to reduce global emissions and lead the energy transition. At a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel this morning ahead of a two-day EU-China summit, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said climate […]

    16 European Nations Vote Against GMO Crops

    16 European Nations Vote Against GMO Crops

    The majority of European Union governments voted against a proposal to authorize two new strains of genetically modified (GMO) maize today. The two varieties of maize, DuPont Pioneer’s 1507 and Syngenta’s Bt11, kill insects by producing its own pesticide and is also resistant Bayer’s glufosinate herbicide. If approved, the varieties would be the first new […]

    Malta Likely to Become First European Country to Ban Glyphosate

    Malta Likely to Become First European Country to Ban Glyphosate

    Malta has begun the process of banning glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Malta—the only country to actively vote against the extension of the chemical’s use—has already seen 25 localities ban the substance. It would be the first EU country to ban glyphosate nationwide. Though, France is currently considering their own ban. Malta set […]

    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Worldwatch Institute Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Although hydropower remains the world’s leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue […]