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The European Union is helping these islands to go renewable
11 March 2019 - With an aim to help make islands more self-sufficient, prosperous and sustainable, the European Union has recently launched its Clean Energy for EU Islands project. Twenty-six islands across 10 European nations have been selected due to their potential to successfully establish a high-quality energy transition and as a result of their varying geographical locations. Phase one of the project will see the first six islands -- the Aran Islands (Ireland), Cres-Losinj (Croatia), Sifnos (Greece), Culatra (Portugal), Salina (Italy), and La Palma (Spain). (more)

Europe 'fully embracing' solar with 11GW deployed in 2018
20 February 2019 - Germany, Turkey, and the rising solar star of the Netherlands were 2018's top PV installers. The whole of Europe connected 11GW of solar PV in 2018, up 20% year-on-year from 9.2GW in 2017, according to estimates from trade association SolarPower Europe. Meanwhile, the European Union deployed roughly 8GW of solar PV in 2018, up an impressive 36% from the 5.9GW installed in the prior year. (more)

European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population
20 February 2019 - Europe would still be able to feed its growing population even if it switched entirely to environmentally friendly approaches such as organic farming, according to a new report from a thinktank. Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat. (more)

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks
19 February 2019 - The European Union agreed on Tuesday (19 February) to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases. The EU currently has no limits on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, unlike the United States, China, Japan, and Canada. Trucks account for almost one quarter of the bloc's transport-related emissions. (more)

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study
12 February 2019 - Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel, and tax costs of Europe's bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol, and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places -- UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Norway -- owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs, and subsidies on the purchase price. (more)

EU Chemicals Agency proposes ban on deliberately added microplastics to combat pollution
18 January 2019 - The EU Chemicals Agency ECHA on Friday (18 January) proposed a ban on deliberately adding microplastics to products such as cosmetics, detergents, and agricultural fertilizers in the EU by 2020 to combat pollution. The tiny bits of plastic pollution in waterways and oceans are causing growing concern among scientists about their effect on marine ecosystems. (more)

EU countries agree to 30 percent cut in truck CO2 emissions
20 December 2018 - Ministers from European Union countries agreed on Thursday (20 December) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from trucks and buses by 30 percent by 2030, albeit with the potential to review this in 2022, the EU's Austrian presidency said. (more)

EU agrees deal to cut greenhouse emissions from cars
17 December 2018 - The European Union agreed on Monday (17 December) to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers. (more)

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)


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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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Energy Community Contracting Parties pour EUR 2.4 billion annually into coal power plants, mines
26 March 2019 - The Energy Community Contracting Parties support electricity generated from coal with some EUR 2.4 billion in direct and certain types of indirect subsidies annually, the preliminary results of the Energy Community Secretariat's study reveal. The study concludes that with the elimination of state aid via direct subsidies to coal and introduction of a carbon price, not a single coal power plant in the EnC would be able to operate without significant losses. (more)

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe
26 February 2019 - The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday (26 February), making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat. Releasing data on the growth of antimicrobial resistance, the European Union's commissioner for health and food safety said it should 'ring alarm bells' across the region. (more)

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)

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