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Climate Change: making a difference
Climate Change is affecting everyone and every living species. Last week saw the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima take place. The conference agreed on two deliverables, the Lima Call for Climate Action and the draft elements text for the 2015 Agreement. As countries come forward with proposed emissions reduction targets in the coming months, the Lima Call requires all countries to describe their proposed target in a clear, transparent and understandable way. The EU welcomes these outcomes as a step in the right direction along the road to a global climate deal in Paris next year.
You can do your part
As citizens there are a number of things we can do to help. Take a look at these tips on the European Commission's Climate Action webpage. They may save you some money too.
Read more about how the Lima outcome keeps climate talks on track for Paris Agreement.
New EU Food Labelling Rules
As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labellingrules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat. Click on the infographic below for more details.
You can also read more here.
Natura 2000 Awards
The Natura 2000 Network covers an enormous variety of different sites across Europe. It preserves and enhances biodiversity, safeguarding it for future generations, and provides a range of important benefits, helping nature to help the people. Local Special Protected Areas (SPAs) include Glen Tanar (Royal Deeside) and the Ythan Estaury (Newburgh).
Despite its size and its many benefits, many citizens have never heard of the network. According to a recent survey, only 27% of respondents have heard of Natura 2000, and only 11% know what it is, which is why the European Commission has launched the Natura 2000 Award. The aim of the award is to demonstrate what the network is, what it does to preserve Europe's biodiversity, and how it benefits everyone. The award recognises good practice at Natura 2000 sites in five different categories: communication, socio-economic benefits, conservation, reconciling interests/perceptions, and cross-border cooperation and networking.
Applications for the award are now open and the closing date is 21 January 2015.
Writing Competition: EU Enlargement what do you think?
The EU has grown and is continuing to grow larger as more countries apply and go through the accession process to join the EU. Croatia was the last country to join in 2013 becoming the 28th member state. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,are among some of the candidate/ potential candidate countries.
If you are aged between 18 and 25 years old the European Commission invites you to share your views on one or both questions in an article (max 1 000 words)
- What is your experience in an enlarged European Union?
- How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?
There are prizes to be won. The closing date is the 27th of February 2015 at midday (CET). Find out more ...
Women in Research and Innovation
Women remain largely under-represented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Research something which the EU is attempting to address by inviting young women to consider the great opportunities they may be missing. Tuesday 4th November marked the occasion of Europe Direct Aberdeen's Women in Research and Innovation event, held at the Council Chambers in the city's Townhouse. An enthusiastic group of teenage girls travelled from schools throughout the City and the Shire to hear our seven speakers recall their experiences across a range of scientific disciplines, many of which have not traditionally been career paths trodden by women.
Among the many issues addressed by our speakers were,the opportunities to distinguish oneself in pioneering new scientific fields, the possibility of exciting and varied travel options, the necessity of confidently seizing opportunities when they arise, and combining career and family life. Numbered among the speakers was eminent Forensic Anthropogist, Sue Black of Dundee University's Centre for Human Anatomy and Identification, who provided an enthralling account of her experiences in Kosovo and Iraq in the service of HM Government.
At the end of the evening, the girls had a chance to put questions to the speakers and an informal mingling session presented the occasion for career advice and further discussion of a multitude of previously unconsidered avenues that a career in science may open up to young women. You can take a look at the programme for more information on our speakers and for useful weblinks.
"We are INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish"
The European Union is a world leader in fisheries management and aquaculture standards. Over the last decade, EU policies have had a positive impact in places such as the North-East Atlantic where more and more stocks are caught sustainably but there is a lot more work to be done. Ourupcoming booklet "EU Marine Animals; Their Life in Your Hands" explores this topicand others that are threatening our marine animals. Buying sustainable fish is one way in which you can help. Find out more via:
Humanitarian Aid Special
The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world's largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon. If you want to find out about how the EU is assisting in current humantiarian crises such as the situation in Syria, the Ukraine, and the ongoing Ebola outbreak visit the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection pages.
Who's Who in the new European Commission?
The new European Commission took office last week, but who are they? What has each member of the new commission done before? What are their areas of responsibility in the new Commission? To find out the answer to these questions and more you can:
- Visit the new European Commission website.
- View visual CVs on the European Commission Pinterest page.
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