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Finland: COSAC adopted contribution on the negotiations concerning the MFF, overseeing compliance with the rule-of-law principle, and EU climate action

NordenBladet – LXII COSAC, the conference of the committees of Member State parliaments dealing with EU affairs, as well as of representatives of the European Parliament, ended in Helsinki earlier today. The conference sessions held on Monday and Tuesday covered

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Estonia: European Union Affairs Committee discusses new EU action plan and climate topics with its colleagues in Helsinki

NordenBladet — Members of the European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) are taking part in the Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) in

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SWEDEN´s climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg turns down Nordic Council´s environmental award and prize money

NordenBladet – Greta Thunberg, who became known worldwide for her weekly climate strikes, has decided to decline the Nordic Council’s environmental award and 350,000 Danish kroner (US$52,042) in prize money. The Swedish teen climate change activist rejected the recognition in

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Estonia: President of the Riigikogu discussed challenges of climate neutrality with President of Hungary

NordenBladet — President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and President of Hungary János Áder met in Budapest to discuss challenges that achieving climate neutrality would set for energy security. Põlluaas said that Estonia decided this week to join the European

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European Union Affairs Committee heard the Minister of the Environment’s report on Estonia’s climate targets

NordenBladet — Today, the European Union Affairs Committee discussed reaching Estonia’s climate targets for 2020 and 2030 with the Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk. The Chairman of the Committee Anneli Ott said that there have so far been three

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Crown Prince Haakon highlights climate change in Tonga

NordenBladet – On Friday, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway began his visit to the Pacific region. His first stop was Tonga where he was warmly welcomed by King Tupou. During the weekend His Royal Highness has highlighted climate change in

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Climate Barometer 2019: Finns wish to have solutions to climate crisis at the heart of policy-making

NordenBladet — The Finns wish to see solutions to the climate crisis among the priority themes of the next government term and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Growing numbers of Finns have also changed their own behaviour

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Denmark to take up a leading position at UN Climate Action Summit 2019

NordenBladet – The UN Secretary-General has requested Denmark to take up a leading position towards the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, 23 September 2019. Specifically, Denmark is due to lead the energy transition track in order to advance

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Nordic countries agree on closer cooperation to tackle the climate crisis

NordenBladet — At their meeting in Helsinki on Friday 25 January, the Prime Ministers and ministers responsible for climate issues of the Nordic countries decided to speed up their climate actions. The Nordic countries aim to follow the 1.5 Degree

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Would you forgo a glass of wine to protect the Arctic and our climate?

NordenBladet – It would cost passengers just the price of a glass of wine a day if cruise ships would stop burning highly polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the fragile Arctic environment. That’s according to a new report (attached)from

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Swedish weather and nature – Seasons and climate

NordenBladet – Swedes love to talk about Swedish weather. Spring, summer, fall and winter each have their own unique personalities, and the seasons vary a lot from north to south. And in a country with long coastlines and deep forests,

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Vice President of International Finance Cooperation to present Finland’s Climate Fund in Helsinki and Vaasa

NordenBladet —  Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which belongs to the World Bank Group, will visit Helsinki and Vaasa from 14 to 15 December in order to present the Climate Fund (Finland-IFC Blended Finance for

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MP hits out at Prince Charles over climate change proposal

OHMYGOSSIP — A Conservative Party MP has criticised Prince Charles for making political statements about climate change. The 68-year-old royal has been outspoken in his views about global warming, but Philip Davies has hit out at the Prince’s call for

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Obama ropes in top corporates for climate change push: environmental action isn’t just for “tree-huggers”

OHMYGOSSIP —  President Barack Obama said environmental action isn’t just for “tree-huggers” and can actually help boost companies’ profits, adding that 81 companies, including Intel, Johnson and Johnson, have backed a US-sponsored pledge supporting action to combat climate change.

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European Environment Agency (EEA): The EU and Norway are missing environmental targets

NordenBladet – Europe will achieve only a small proportion of its environmental targets for 2020, the EU’s European Environment Agency (EEA) states. In a new report, the EEA reviews the status of targets set by EU member states and other

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In Focus: Iceland and the Arctic

NordenBladet – There are a few different definitions of what constitutes the Arctic, but it can essentially be defined as the area surrounding the North Pole. This northernmost part of the planet is home to about 4 million people, about

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