13. May. 2015

GOOD NIGHT – GOOD TRAIN! A plea to revitalise European night trains

Within the rail industry, over-night services have been a trademark and feature characteristic of European travel culture for over 100 years. Developing railways within the public transport system is an investment into the future of our societies, regions and people. However, throughout the last couple of years, there has been a tendency across Europe to discontinue and cut back cross-border and long distance conventional train services, including night trains, Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (IC) connections.


21. Apr. 2015 blog

Earth Day: because - yes indeed – we do only have one planet.

Today is Earth Day, the 45th anniversary of this vitally important occasion. Some of us might wonder about the usefulness of having ‘special days’, often fearing that too many of these events – which are supposed to help raise awareness of an urgent issue - might be lost in the huge number of other events and different claims and therefore be counter-productive. However, this special day offers us a good opportunity to pause for a second and reflect upon the current state of the only planet we have and on which we are entirely dependent...  

27. Mar. 2015 blog

WWF Earth Hour 2015: Why Europe should reduce its energy consumption all year long

Every year WWF organises Earth hour, an initiative launched in 2007 and aiming at raising awareness about climate change and on the necessity to save energy and our natural resources. For the Greens in the European Parliament, energy saving is one of the most important battles in the EU institutions. The group has always fought to ensure that as much energy as possible is saved. Here are the reasons why it is time for energy saving to become the norm in Europe.  

11. Mar. 2015 blog

Fukushima: Time to switch power source

Today marks the 4th year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. In Japan, the situation is far from being back to normal. The health impacts on the local population have increased and the impacts on the local economy are equally threatening. Despite this catastrophe, which shows once again that this energy source is far too dangerous and costly, some European governments and EU officials are still not bold enough to put an end to it: they continue to bow down to the nuclear lobby, agreeing to give them large direct and indirect subsidies...  


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