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Europe is phasing out coal faster than ever before
30 July 2019 - A new report from the nonprofit organization Sandbag suggests that the coal era may have finally reached its peak in Europe. In the sharpest decline ever recorded, electricity generation from coal power plants dropped by nearly 20 percent across European countries during the first half of 2019. (more)

European consumers back businesses supporting refugees
20 June 2019 - European consumers say they would be more likely to buy a product if it was sold by a business helping refugees ... according to a study published on Thursday [20 June]. Some European companies have started hiring refugees directly or using profits to help refugees start their own businesses. (more)

Momentum builds for EU leaders to agree carbon neutral 2050 pledge at summit
19 June 2019 - A push by Germany, France and other EU nations for the bloc to go carbon neutral by mid-century looks likely to be endorsed by EU leaders on Thursday [20 June], despite resistance from eastern European nations worried it could cost jobs. Their support underscores the growing political prominence of the fight against global warming. (more)

EU issues 'green' investment guide to help combat climate change
18 June 2019 - The European Commission sought to boost the flow of private money to tackle climate change on Tuesday [18 June] by publishing guidelines on what qualifies as environmentally friendly investment, in a move welcomed by the financial industry. (more)

Electric vehicle sales up 70 percent in Europe
3 June 2019 - The European passenger plug-in vehicle market scored some 37,000 registrations in April, growing 30 percent compared to the same period last year. In April, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) jumped 70 percent year over year (YoY), to some 24,000 deliveries ... (more)

The European Union is helping these islands to go renewable
11 March 2019 - With an aim to help make islands more self-sufficient, prosperous and sustainable, the European Union has recently launched its Clean Energy for EU Islands project. Twenty-six islands across 10 European nations have been selected due to their potential to successfully establish a high-quality energy transition and as a result of their varying geographical locations. Phase one of the project will see the first six islands -- the Aran Islands (Ireland), Cres-Losinj (Croatia), Sifnos (Greece), Culatra (Portugal), Salina (Italy), and La Palma (Spain). (more)

Europe 'fully embracing' solar with 11GW deployed in 2018
20 February 2019 - Germany, Turkey, and the rising solar star of the Netherlands were 2018's top PV installers. The whole of Europe connected 11GW of solar PV in 2018, up 20% year-on-year from 9.2GW in 2017, according to estimates from trade association SolarPower Europe. Meanwhile, the European Union deployed roughly 8GW of solar PV in 2018, up an impressive 36% from the 5.9GW installed in the prior year. (more)

European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population
20 February 2019 - Europe would still be able to feed its growing population even if it switched entirely to environmentally friendly approaches such as organic farming, according to a new report from a thinktank. Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat. (more)

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks
19 February 2019 - The European Union agreed on Tuesday (19 February) to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases. The EU currently has no limits on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, unlike the United States, China, Japan, and Canada. Trucks account for almost one quarter of the bloc's transport-related emissions. (more)

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study
12 February 2019 - Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel, and tax costs of Europe's bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol, and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places -- UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Norway -- owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs, and subsidies on the purchase price. (more)

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Maharishi Ayurveda expert travels Europe, lecturing about effective, natural approach to health care
27 July 2013 - Lothar Pirc, an expert in Maharishi Ayurveda health care, travels regularly to conferences worldwide to talk about the effectiveness of its natural, holistic approach to restoring balance and preventing disease. Recently, he spoke at several events in Ukraine, Serbia, and Germany. His goal is to familiarize doctors and Ayurveda practitioners with the advantages, wealth of knowledge, and scientific research that is available on Maharishi Ayurveda. (more)

Research in neurobiology shows intelligence in plant life
22 May 2013 - Studies in plant neurobiology have shown that plants are capable of many intelligent functions, including the ability to process complex information, explore their environment, and react to external stimuli. Researchers have documented that plants can learn and remember. They seek goals, assess errors, and communicate with each other. Their intelligence can be seen in many specific activities. During a recent conference in the Netherlands exploring the role of plants in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, Dr Peter Swan, an expert in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, cited details from several different studies that support this understanding. (more)

Europe: Invincible Defence programmes aim to promote harmony, social coherence
21 January 2013 - Several initiatives to promote the rise of unity, harmony, and coherence in Europe have taken place in the past year, applying Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Invincible Defence Technology through various programmes and events in different countries. (more)

Germany and Switzerland: Women promote programmes for peace, natural health care
27 November 2012 - The Transcendental Meditation programme for women has been active in Germany and Switzerland in the past year. Members of the organization were instrumental in promoting Maharishi Ayur-Veda natural health products, including the popular VedAroma essential oils, at a large annual health fair in Erfurt, Germany. Also offered were a beautiful series of Maharishi Gandharva Veda concerts, as well as short courses in Maharishi Yoga Asanas and higher states of consciousness. (more)

Belgium: Coherence-creating group being established for the European Union in Brussels
18 March 2012 - Plans are underway to establish a permanent 'coherence-creating' group of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques together every day in Brussels, Belgium. Such groups have been established in other countries to decrease social stress and create a coherent, harmonious influence in the collective consciousness of the nation and for its governmental leaders. The group will be located not far from where some of the main buildings of the European Union are located, and thus its beneficial, unifying influence will extend to the countries of the EU and their leaders. (more)

15 minutes is all it takes with the MERU Master Builder System
21 December 2011 - In a short video, British architect Jonathon Phillips reports on the MERU Master Builder System as it has just been implemented in the city of Erfurt in Germany. This is the construction site of a Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) building that will serve as the local Centre for Transcendental Meditation and related programmes. In this system, developed in MERU, Holland, the pre-cast, all natural, self-insulating, liapor (popped clay) outside wall elements are erected in an astonishing 15 minutes per panel. (more)

Who's Who of European Women features Ayurvedic expert Dr Karin Pirc
8 October 2011 - Dr Karin Pirc, medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Private Clinic in Bad Ems, Germany since 1992, has been included in the first edition of the directory 'Who's Who of European Women'. Dr Pirc has played a leading role in the expansion of Ayurvedic health care in the western world. (more)

Global Mother Divine Organization reports achievements in Europe
12 January 2011 - The Album of Events page in Global Good News is featuring news and photos about Global Mother Divine Organization activities in Israel as well as France, Iceland, Germany, and Poland in Europe. (more)

Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Courses now underway in Europe; US courses begin 19 July
17 June 2010 - Teacher Training Courses in the Transcendental Meditation Programme are now underway in Holland and Switzerland. Another course will start in the United States in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, on 19 July. Speaking about all the courses recently, Dr Peter Swan, Minister of Communication of the Global Country of World Peace, encouraged people from the United States and Canada to join the new course, which is in close proximity to a powerful coherence-creating group, the Invincible America Assembly'. (more)

Academic excellence and reduced social tensions: European schools adopt Consciousness-Based Education
1 June 2010 - Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, recently completed a tour of Europe where he spoke to large audiences of students, parents, faculty, and school administrators in many countries. The enthusiastic response has led to invitations to return for more presentations, and letters of intent to introduce the Transcendental Meditation Technique in schools and universities. Audiences were inspired by the academic benefits of the programme, as well as the opportunity to reduce social conflicts. (more)

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Europe heat: Temperature records are shattered in Europe, with Paris hitting all-time mark of 109 degrees
25 July 2019 - A historic heat wave has toppled numerous long-standing temperature records with astonishing ease. On Wednesday and Thursday, new national heat records were set in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and temperatures rose to record highs in major cities such as Paris, which soared to 109 degrees [Fahrenheit]. The heat wave, caused by a massive area of high pressure extending into the upper atmosphere, also known as a heat dome, is set to envelop Scandinavia in the next two days, before making a run at the Arctic. (more)

EU clean water laws under attack from industry lobbyists
15 May 2019 - Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent's rivers, wetlands, and lakes are in a healthy state. ... Conservation groups say the proposed changes could sound a death knell for several endangered aquatic species. (more)

Heavy metals and harmful chemicals 'poison Europe's seas'
15 May 2019 - Heavy metals and a cocktail of dangerous chemicals continue to poison Europe's seas, with more than three-quarters of areas assessed showing contamination, according to a report. The sea worst affected was the Baltic, where 96% of the assessed areas showed problematic levels of some harmful substances, according to the European Environment Agency. Similar problems were found in 91% of the Black Sea and 87% of the Mediterranean. In the north-east Atlantic, unsafe levels of chemicals or metals were found in 75% of assessed areas. (more)

Climate change to blame as bark beetles ravage central Europe's forests
26 April 2019 - Hot, dry summers are fanning an unprecedented outbreak of bark beetles that are destroying vast swathes of central Europe's spruce forests which define the region's landscape. Draught brought on by climate change has weakened trees' natural defenses and helped spawn the insects, creating an infestation that has forced landowners to chop down broad patches of forest across the Czech Republic, northern Austria, Bavaria, and Slovakia. (more)

Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe
8 April 2019 - Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes. More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analyzed in 10 European nations, including the UK. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned, while half of the streams analyzed had at least one pesticide above permitted levels. (more)

Energy Community Contracting Parties pour EUR 2.4 billion annually into coal power plants, mines
26 March 2019 - The Energy Community Contracting Parties support electricity generated from coal with some EUR 2.4 billion in direct and certain types of indirect subsidies annually, the preliminary results of the Energy Community Secretariat's study reveal. The study concludes that with the elimination of state aid via direct subsidies to coal and introduction of a carbon price, not a single coal power plant in the EnC would be able to operate without significant losses. (more)

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe
26 February 2019 - The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday (26 February), making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat. Releasing data on the growth of antimicrobial resistance, the European Union's commissioner for health and food safety said it should 'ring alarm bells' across the region. (more)

Moun­tain birds de­clin­ing in Europe
14 December 2018 - Population data for European mountain birds had been combined in a recent study, with worrying results: The abundance of mountain-specialist birds has declined by as much as 10 percent since 2000. Ecological communities in mountain areas include species not found in any other habitat. These species are also very susceptible to climate change, as global warming is reducing their livable habitats. In principle, species may relocate further up the mountains, but closer to the top, their habitat inevitably shrinks. (more)

Warmer-than-normal temperatures to continue in Europe
19 September 2018 - Above average temperatures are set to continue in almost all of Europe during the October to December period, forecasts by The Weather Company showed on Wednesday, 19 September. 'The extreme warmth and dryness observed across much of Europe over the past 5 months has been extraordinary, and there is no clear evidence for any significant pattern change towards below-normal temperatures anytime soon,' said Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company. (more)

In world's 'happiest' countries, signs of a happiness gap
26 August 2018 - The Nordic countries regularly appear at the top of an annual list of the world's happiest nations, but their reputation as 'happiness superpowers' masks the difficulties of a significant part of the population, a new analysis shows. The trends highlighted in the report appear to be backed up by various national studies conducted in the region. (more)


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