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Paris declares climate emergency

The municipal government of the French capital has urged politicians to honour the undertakings of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

City leaders have also decided to establish a “climate academy” for young people. In addition, they will also set up a permanent expert committee to provide answers to environmental protection issues.

Paris will have municipal elections next year. The current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has recently announced a number of environmental initiatives, for instance about curtailing car traffic and the ‘greening’ of the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is not the first city to declare a climate emergency: Vancouver in Canada, Oakland in the US, Basel in Switzerland and London have all made similar decisions previously. The lower house of the French Parliament, the National Assembly also declared a climate emergency at the end of June, although no specific measures have been taken so far.

The UN climate agreement adopted in December 2015 was signed in the French capital; its primary objective is to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or at least below 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial levels Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: France 24

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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