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Farewell to coal: a Polish city wakes up and smells the blossom
29 November 2018 - When the Wieczorek mine, one of the oldest coal mines in Poland, closed in March, Grzegorz Chudy noticed for the first time the neighborhood was vibrant with trees in the full bloom of spring. The smell was heady. The Wieczorek mine in Katowice, with its towering brick shaft, is among dozens closing down throughout Poland, home to one of the most polluted coal mining regions in Europe. (more)

MAN will invest euros 27.4 million in EV bus production in Poland
21 October 2018 - MAN [commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck and Bus, headquartered in Munich, Germany] announced that the Lion's City E electric buses, unveiled at the 2018 IAA, will be produced in Starachowice, Poland from 2020. (more)

Polish prefer buying organic directly from growers than supermarkets
1 June 2018 - The organic food segment has seen dynamic growth in Poland over the last decade. According to industry forecasts, the upward trend is expected to continue ... According to data from the Trade Quality Inspection of Agricultural and Food Products ... there were 23,375 organic producers in Poland at the end of 2016, an increase of 360 producers compared to the year before. Undoubtedly, this increase is even higher for 2018. (more)

Poland's President signs bill on global climate deal amendment
29 March 2018 - Poland became on Thursday (29 March) the final EU country to enact a bill ratifying the global agreement intended to provide a legal framework for reducing carbon emissions, which paves the way for the entire European Union to accept the accord as a bloc. (more)

Katowice, Poland: A European coal capital goes green
3 January 2018 - Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air -- and on the ground. The city is changing at a rapid pace. It is becoming greener and more sustainable -- in some surprising ways. (more)

Polish director Skolimowski appeals for more films on immigrants
31 August 2016 - Veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski on Wednesday pleaded for more films to made about migrants, saying immigration was one of the world's biggest problems. Speaking at the Venice film festival where he was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, Skolimowski said migrants deserved to be looked at in a 'sympathetic way'. (more)

Pope to young in Poland trip: Believe 'in a new humanity'
31 July 2016 - Pope Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered Sunday in southern Poland to 'believe in a new humanity' that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers. His appeal came at the end of World Youth Day, a weeklong event which draws young Catholics from around the world to a different city every two to three years. The youth gathering was Francis' main focus during his pilgrimage to Poland. The Pope used his several encounters with the young pilgrims to encourage a new generation to work for peace, reconciliation, and justice. God, said Francis in his final homily of the pilgrimage, 'demands of us real courage, the courage to be more powerful than evil, by loving everyone, even our enemies.' (more)

Solar-powered KontererART city in Poland is made of reused shipping containers
20 May 2016 - A small solar-powered city popped up in Poland -- but it isn't your typical town, because it's made entirely of used shipping containers. The city was designed by architects Agnieszka Owsiany, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz as an informal space for exhibitions, workshops, and community events in Poznan. The project is part of KontenerART, an annual event dedicated to creating temporary exhibitions and workshops in and around reused shipping containers. In order to provide clean energy for the project, the architects placed solar collectors on the rooftops. (more)

Organization opens center in Poland amid Jewish revival
18 April 2016 - A major Jewish organization opened its first chapter in Poland on Monday, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation. Hillel International, the world's largest Jewish student organization, celebrated the opening of a branch at a ceremony in Warsaw on Monday. It is now present in 18 countries. Poland was the center of Jewish life in Europe before World War II. (more)

Poland and Germany join wave of EU GMO crop bans
30 September 2015 - Germany and Poland have both joined the growing list of countries in the EU Wednesday, September 30 that have demanded a total opt-out from growing genetically modified crops. On Tuesday both Slovenia and Serbia announced full GM crop bans. (more)

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Poland: Women enjoy Transcendental Meditation, creating coherence in their communities
3 July 2012 - The Transcendental Meditation programme for women is represented in two cities in Poland, Warsaw and Krakow. Introductory lectures to learn about the technique are offered every week. Those who have already learned can enjoy a variety of programmes including weekly group meditations. (more)

Poland: Planning for a sustainable Maharishi Garden Village
30 May 2012 - In Poland plans are developing for a sustainable Garden Village designed according to Maharishi Vastu architecture. The project also offers a way to establish a coherence-creating group of advanced meditators to promote an invincible influence of harmony, peace, and progress in the nation. (more)

Poland embraces Vedic City Planning
10 March 2012 - On 28 February, under the auspices of the Architects' Association of Poland, the Warsaw Architects Club hosted a conference on Maharishi Vastu architecture. The presenter was a renowned expert in Maharishi Vedic Architecture, Wojtek Skalski. The conference prompted an interview on Polish National Radio Channel 4, in which Mr. Skalski presented the main principles of Vastu and its effects on individuals and communities. (more)

Poland: Fortune-creating architecture and natural health care expanding
17 July 2011 - In cities throughout Poland, programmes offering ideal, fortune-creating architecture and natural health care are expanding. A new website offers information about Maharishi Vastu architecture, and new homes and other buildings are under construction or being planned. (more)

Poland: Three new Transcendental Meditation teachers to help meet growing demand
17 July 2011 - Interest in the Transcendental Meditation Programme is expanding in Poland, with the number of people learning the technique increasing 20 per cent each year. To help keep up with the growing demand, the country will soon have three new Transcendental Meditation teachers, including two health professionals. (more)

Poland: Secondary schools explore implementing Transcendental Meditation
23 July 2009 - The Global Country of World Peace in Poland is going forward with Consciousness-Based Education initiatives, beginning with the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation Programme among students and administrators in some of the nation's secondary schools. (more)

Poland: University of Warsaw to host conference on Consciousness-based Education in October
14 May 2009 - As a result of interest generated by a conference on this innovative approach to developing students' full potential, the University of Warsaw will host a second conference on 19 October. Presentations will include international educators and scientists demonstrating research on total brain functioning developed through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Poland: New programmes, research on Transcendental Meditation in education under development
5 May 2009 - Major new initiatives are developing in Poland for programmes and research in secondary schools and universities demonstrating the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education -- particularly its application for promoting creativity, intelligence, and full brain functioning. (more)

Unity at the basis of diversity: Vedic garden design in MERU, Holland expresses total Natural Law
10 March 2009 - A prominent Polish garden magazine recently published an article on the beautiful International Capital of the Global Country of World Peace in MERU, Holland, for many years also known as the residence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace. Maharishi's house and garden are designed according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, Vedic architecture in accord with Natural Law. (more)

Polish magazine article 'Looking into Heaven' features International Capital of Global Country of World Peace, Holland
9 March 2009 - An article appeared recently in a Polish garden magazine about the beautiful International Capital of the Global Country of World Peace in MERU, Holland, which for many years has been known as the residence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace. Visitors have said they experienced a taste of Heaven on Earth, inner silence, and spiritual balance. (more)

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Algae blooms force Poland to shut down 50 Baltic Sea beaches
26 July 2018 - Authorities in Poland this week banned swimming at over 50 beaches along its Baltic coast, after hot weather led to the toxic growth of bacteria in the unusually warm sea. Baltic Sea water temperatures exceeded 23 degrees Celsius (73.4F) in some places Thursday (26 July). Emergency water rescuers told vacationers on hot sandy beaches -- from Swinoujscie in the west to Gdynia in the east -- not to enter the sea, where thick green-brown cyanobacteria colonies have grown and pose a health threat. (more)

'My worst nightmares are coming true': last major primeval forest in Europe on 'brink of collapse'
23 May 2017 - Polish government is accused of pushing Białowieża forest ecosystem to point of no return with state-sanctioned logging in UNESCO world heritage site. Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the 'brink of collapse', one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old growth areas. (more)

Activists warn smog in Poland's top winter resort denser than in Delhi
8 January 2016 - With days to go before the Polish ski season kicks off in earnest, Poland's most popular mountain resort, Zakopane, is choking in smog denser than in India's capital New Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities, Polish activists said. The European Commission said last month it was taking Poland to court over its slowness to address the issue of poor air quality caused by extensive coal-burning in homes which makes Poland's air the most polluted in Europe and poses a major risk to public health. Air pollution in Poland is felt particularly in the south near ski resort towns such as Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains where homeowners often neglect environmental rules. Climate activists say more than 40,000 Poles die prematurely annually because of poor air quality. (more)

Worst train tragedy in Poland in years kills 16
4 March 2012 - Two trains running on the same track collided head-on in southern Poland in a shower of sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst train disaster in more than 20 years. Neighbours in the town of Szczechociny alerted by what they said sounded like a bomb rushed to the scene to smash open windows, and survivors emerged in a state of shock, many crying out for help and carrying baggage. One of the trains was on the wrong track. Maintenance work was being done on the tracks before the accident, but officials said it's too early to determine the cause of the disaster. (more)

Russia could strike Poland over US shield: report
16 August 2008 - A top Russian general on Friday said Poland's deal with the United States to set up parts of a missile defence shield on Polish territory lays it open to a possible military strike, a Russian news agency reported. Col-General Anatoliy Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the general staff, told Interfax that Russian military doctrine would allow for a possible nuclear strike. Washington says the missile system is aimed at protecting the United States and its allies from long-range missiles that could in the future be fired by Iran or groups such as al Qaeda. The Kremlin has long said that was untrue, and has opposed the shield as a threat to Russia. (more)

Poland plans to send more troops to Afghanistan
21 March 2008 - The Polish government said it planned to send 400 more troops and eight helicopters to strengthen NATO forces in Afghanistan. (more)

US President Bush set to 'modernize' Polish military
10 March 2008 - President George W. Bush said he had agreed the United States would help modernize the Polish military as part of a US plan to base components of a global missile defence shield in Poland. Bush's announcement, after White House talks with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, appeared to mark a major step toward meeting Poland's demand that Washington boost military aid in exchange for allowing the basing of 10 missile interceptors in Poland. (more)

EU lawyers take action against Poland over GMO ban
1 February 2008 - European Union regulators launched legal action against Poland at Europe's highest court on Thursday for the country's move to ban the trade in and planting of genetically modified seeds, the EU executive said. (more)

European Union lawyers say no to Poland's biotech ban
21 January 2008 - European Commission lawyers have stopped Poland's move to ban trade and plantings of genetically modified (GMO) seeds, saying it had no scientific justification, the EU's Official Journal said on Monday. Poland's plans for what amounted to a national GMO ban, announced last year, quickly drew criticism from experts at the EU executive. Ahead of the announcement by EU lawyers, Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said the new centre-right government was planning to give way and allow GMO seeds by changing a law that was to come into effect in August. (more)

Poland says US shield a 'foregone conclusion'
18 July 2007 - A US missile-defence system will be built in Poland despite Russia's anger over the plans, Polish President Lech Kaczynski said on Monday after a meeting with US President George W. Bush. Washington wants to place up to 10 ground-based interceptor missiles in northern Poland and a radar facility in the Czech Republic to protect against attacks from what it calls 'rogue states' such as Iran and North Korea. (more)


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