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SolarPower Europe calls for 5 GW of EU solar module manufacturing
5 December 2018 - The European solar association has called on Europe to set up 5 GW of solar PV module manufacturing capacity to cater to the expected around 15 GW of annual demand. SolarPower Europe says it will put its key recommendations to European Commissioner for Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, in January at the next high level Clean Energy Industrial Forum. Over 35 leading EU solar industrial players are said to backing the call. (more)

EU executive wants bloc to go climate neutral by 2050
28 November 2018 - The European Union's executive branch proposed Wednesday (28 November) that the bloc should cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, a measure that scientists say needs to be adopted worldwide in order to avoid catastrophic global warming. The European Commission is the first major economy to set its sights on achieving climate neutrality in the next three decades. (more)

Electric bus orders more than doubled last year in Europe
10 November 2018 - According to Transport and Environment, the number of orders for electric buses in Europe more than doubled from roughly 400 in 2016 to 1,031 in 2017. The market is expected to double in 2018 as the number of buses ordered during the first half of this year (including trolleybuses with batteries) almost exceed the number for all of 2017. (more)

Teenage drinking rates fall across Europe
26 September 2018 - Teenage drinking has declined across Europe, with the most dramatic falls in Britain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found. Half of all teenage boys in England drank weekly in 2002, but this figure was down to one in 10 by 2014, the report said. Iceland saw the lowest rate of regular teen drinkers. (more)

Gene editing is GM, says European Court
25 July 2018 - The European Court of Justice has ruled that altering living things using the relatively new technique of genome editing counts as genetic engineering. It would mean any novel food developed with the help of gene editing would need to be labelled as GM. In the opinion of ECJ Advocate General Michal Bobek, 'mutagenesis' covers any alteration to a genome -- effectively the instruction booklet for life. (more)

EU moves to ban single-use plastics
28 May 2018 - The European Commission on Monday (28 May) proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter. Under the proposal, single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives will be banned and replaced with more environmentally sustainable materials. (more)

Race is on to set up Europe's electric car charging network
14 May 2018 - In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations. The idea is to let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way -- from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland. Their joint venture, Munich-based Ionity, is pushing to roll out its network in time to service the next generation of battery-only cars coming on the market starting next year. (more)

EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides
27 April 2018 - The European Union will ban the world's most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees. The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday (27 April), is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses. The EU banned the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops that attract bees, such as oil seed rape, in 2013. (more)

EU moves to full ban on pesticides that harm bees
27 April 2018 - The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday (27 April) to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. (more)

European efforts to curb plastic litter in oceans are working - researchers
5 April 2018 - The number of plastic bags found in the seas around Britain has significantly dropped since 2010 as European governments crack down on their use, researchers said on Thursday (5 April). Several European countries, including Ireland, Denmark, France, and Britain, have introduced plastic bag levies since 2003, which have led to massive reductions in their use. (more)


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Maharishi Ayurveda expert travels Europe, lecturing about effective, natural approach to health care
27 July 2013 - Lothar Pirc, an expert in Maharishi Ayurveda health care, travels regularly to conferences worldwide to talk about the effectiveness of its natural, holistic approach to restoring balance and preventing disease. Recently, he spoke at several events in Ukraine, Serbia, and Germany. His goal is to familiarize doctors and Ayurveda practitioners with the advantages, wealth of knowledge, and scientific research that is available on Maharishi Ayurveda. (more)

Research in neurobiology shows intelligence in plant life
22 May 2013 - Studies in plant neurobiology have shown that plants are capable of many intelligent functions, including the ability to process complex information, explore their environment, and react to external stimuli. Researchers have documented that plants can learn and remember. They seek goals, assess errors, and communicate with each other. Their intelligence can be seen in many specific activities. During a recent conference in the Netherlands exploring the role of plants in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, Dr Peter Swan, an expert in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, cited details from several different studies that support this understanding. (more)

Europe: Invincible Defence programmes aim to promote harmony, social coherence
21 January 2013 - Several initiatives to promote the rise of unity, harmony, and coherence in Europe have taken place in the past year, applying Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Invincible Defence Technology through various programmes and events in different countries. (more)

Germany and Switzerland: Women promote programmes for peace, natural health care
27 November 2012 - The Transcendental Meditation programme for women has been active in Germany and Switzerland in the past year. Members of the organization were instrumental in promoting Maharishi Ayur-Veda natural health products, including the popular VedAroma essential oils, at a large annual health fair in Erfurt, Germany. Also offered were a beautiful series of Maharishi Gandharva Veda concerts, as well as short courses in Maharishi Yoga Asanas and higher states of consciousness. (more)

Belgium: Coherence-creating group being established for the European Union in Brussels
18 March 2012 - Plans are underway to establish a permanent 'coherence-creating' group of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques together every day in Brussels, Belgium. Such groups have been established in other countries to decrease social stress and create a coherent, harmonious influence in the collective consciousness of the nation and for its governmental leaders. The group will be located not far from where some of the main buildings of the European Union are located, and thus its beneficial, unifying influence will extend to the countries of the EU and their leaders. (more)

15 minutes is all it takes with the MERU Master Builder System
21 December 2011 - In a short video, British architect Jonathon Phillips reports on the MERU Master Builder System as it has just been implemented in the city of Erfurt in Germany. This is the construction site of a Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) building that will serve as the local Centre for Transcendental Meditation and related programmes. In this system, developed in MERU, Holland, the pre-cast, all natural, self-insulating, liapor (popped clay) outside wall elements are erected in an astonishing 15 minutes per panel. (more)

Who's Who of European Women features Ayurvedic expert Dr Karin Pirc
8 October 2011 - Dr Karin Pirc, medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Private Clinic in Bad Ems, Germany since 1992, has been included in the first edition of the directory 'Who's Who of European Women'. Dr Pirc has played a leading role in the expansion of Ayurvedic health care in the western world. (more)

Global Mother Divine Organization reports achievements in Europe
12 January 2011 - The Album of Events page in Global Good News is featuring news and photos about Global Mother Divine Organization activities in Israel as well as France, Iceland, Germany, and Poland in Europe. (more)

Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Courses now underway in Europe; US courses begin 19 July
17 June 2010 - Teacher Training Courses in the Transcendental Meditation Programme are now underway in Holland and Switzerland. Another course will start in the United States in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, on 19 July. Speaking about all the courses recently, Dr Peter Swan, Minister of Communication of the Global Country of World Peace, encouraged people from the United States and Canada to join the new course, which is in close proximity to a powerful coherence-creating group, the Invincible America Assembly'. (more)

Academic excellence and reduced social tensions: European schools adopt Consciousness-Based Education
1 June 2010 - Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, recently completed a tour of Europe where he spoke to large audiences of students, parents, faculty, and school administrators in many countries. The enthusiastic response has led to invitations to return for more presentations, and letters of intent to introduce the Transcendental Meditation Technique in schools and universities. Audiences were inspired by the academic benefits of the programme, as well as the opportunity to reduce social conflicts. (more)


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Warmer-than-normal temperatures to continue in Europe
19 September 2018 - Above average temperatures are set to continue in almost all of Europe during the October to December period, forecasts by The Weather Company showed on Wednesday, 19 September. 'The extreme warmth and dryness observed across much of Europe over the past 5 months has been extraordinary, and there is no clear evidence for any significant pattern change towards below-normal temperatures anytime soon,' said Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company. (more)

In world's 'happiest' countries, signs of a happiness gap
26 August 2018 - The Nordic countries regularly appear at the top of an annual list of the world's happiest nations, but their reputation as 'happiness superpowers' masks the difficulties of a significant part of the population, a new analysis shows. The trends highlighted in the report appear to be backed up by various national studies conducted in the region. (more)

Crop damage mounts for EU farmers after torrid summer
22 August 2018 - European farmers are counting the cost of a summer heatwave that has shrunk cereal harvests and shriveled pastures, leaving some farms struggling to survive and shutting the EU out of lucrative export markets. The severe weather in Europe has coincided with adverse growing conditions in other major grain producing zones such as Russia and Australia, raising the risk that supplies in exporting countries will be eroded to their smallest in years. (more)

Straw prices soar, piling pressure on northern Europe farmers
9 August 2018 - Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops. The higher bills put further pressure on farmers already facing one of their toughest summers ever; many have had to purchase more hay for fodder because the grass on which their herds normally graze has not grown. (more)

Heatwave ravages European fields, sending wheat prices soaring
2 August 2018 - Searing heat has devastated wheat fields across northern Europe while a combination of dry conditions and extreme rain in the Black Sea have hit output estimates, with prices soaring on fears of further crop damage. Evidence of serious harm to crops is growing as harvesting heads north in Germany, the European Union's second largest wheat producer, and in Scandinavia, prompting further cuts to estimates for the 28-member bloc. 'The situation is catastrophic in northern Europe,' Strategie Grains head analyst Andree Defois said on Thursday (2 August). (more)

Toxic algae spreads in Baltic waters in biggest bloom in years
1 August 2018 - A huge bloom of toxic algae has spread in the Baltic Sea, forcing people off beaches but delighting scientists who research cancer and antibiotics. The blue-green algae or cyanobacteria is primarily caused by the excess of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus used in food production, in the water. (more)

Europe's blistering heatwave is ruining this year's harvest
16 July 2018 - EU grain growers brace for smallest harvest in six years. Looking out over his parched fields south of Berlin, dairy and grains farmer Thomas Gaebert is wishing for rains to save his crops after relentless hot weather. He's one of many farmers battling for survival after a heatwave and drought swept across northern parts of the continent, damaging crops from wheat to barley. Many German growers could go bankrupt if they suffer another crop failure, and too much rain in France is set to reduce output there. All combined, it's shaping up to be the bloc's smallest grains harvest in six years. 'It looks like a desert out there,' Gaebert said of his farm in Trebbin. His colleagues, who have been farming for 40 years, say they've never seen anything like this. (more)

Labour trafficking rises across Europe as laws fall short - watchdog
3 April 2018 - Labour trafficking is on the rise across Europe and has overtaken sexual exploitation as the predominant form of modern-day slavery in several countries including Britain, Belgium, and Portugal, a leading European human rights body said on Tuesday (3 April). But a lack of prosecutions and convictions, limited labour laws and inspections, and fear among victims are hindering efforts to tackle trafficking in industries from agriculture to construction, said a report by the Council of Europe (CoE). (more)

Europe's microwave ovens emit nearly as much CO2 as 7m cars
18 January 2018 - Popping frozen peas into the microwave for a couple of minutes may seem utterly harmless, but Europe's stock of these quick-cook ovens emit as much carbon as nearly 7m cars, a new study has found. And the problem is growing: with costs falling and kitchen appliances becoming 'status' items, owners are throwing away microwaves after an average of eight years, pushing rising sales. (more)

EU officials say UK Brexit stance chaotic in leaked document
23 November 2017 - European officials see Britain's performance in Brexit negotiations as confused and chaotic, a leaked Irish government document says. One quoted Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Jakub Durr as saying 'he felt sorry for British ambassadors around the EU trying to communicate a coherent message when there is political confusion at home.' Ian Forrester, a British judge at the European Court of Justice, reportedly bemoaned 'the quality of politicians in Westminster' during a meeting in Luxembourg, and wondered whether the British public would come to view Brexit as 'a great mistake.' (more)

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