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Myths about Danish Wind Power: Why 39% Wind Is Not Enough

In the first week of January, the Danes celebrated the fact that 39% of total electricity consumed in Denmark in 2014 came from wind turbines. Data from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building indicates that the amount of electricity consumed from wind power has experienced a significant increase from the 18.7% nearly a decade ago, to 32% in 2013 up to 39% today. Last year’s increase can be attributed to the decrease of energy consumption and the installation of over 100 new offshore windmills.

Planetary Boundaries 2: The Great Acceleration - Interview with Katherine Richardson

Just a few days prior to today's launch of the second Planetary Boundaries report in Science, I sat down with Copenhagen University professor, Katherine Richardson for a one-on-one chat about the new findings of the report. Katherine discussed her experience empowering decision makers and sparking debates worldwide through scientific work, and shared her views on climate change negotiations, and future trends in global sustainability. She also had a clear message to those who refuse to see the limits of our planet.

Five Environmental Documentaries You Need to Watch in 2015

If you want to be in the know on some of the most relevant environmental discussions going on in Europe this year, why not make a new years resolution to check out these new documentaries picked for you by the Worldwatch Europe team.

Highlight of the Month: The First German State Achieves 100% Renewable Energy

The progress of energy production from renewable resources has been advancing at unprecedented pace in many countries over the last couple of years. In 2013 renewable energy provided an estimated 19% of global final energy consumption and has continued to grow in the following years, making energy transition targets more and more tangible.

Progress in Peru, Tall Tasks Ahead in 2015

After more than fifteen years dragging their feet, countries have finally come to terms with the fact that climate change is everyone’s problem and everyone has a responsibility to address it. But the ‘Lima Call for Climate Action’ does not go nearly far enough fast enough; public engagement and global peer pressure are urgent as we head into 2015 and COP 21 in Paris.

2015 Urban Biodiversity Calendar Is Now For Sale

ORDER YOUR CALENDAR NOW

Are you looking for a perfect Christmas present for a nature lover?
Did you participate in our competition and want to see the final result?

Our 2015 Urban Biodiversity Wall Calendars are now available for purchase. Beautiful photographs depicting urban biodiversity and related facts are a good way to gain attention to an important topic!

Price: 9,50€ or 75 DKK (+postage).

To order, send an email to info@worldwatch-europe.org, with the following information:

Amount of calendars
Your name
Full postal address

Highlight of the Month: SolaRoad - The Energy Harvesting Bike Path

Inaugurated in the Netherlands in early November, SolaRoad caught the attention of the media around the world. Despite its modest length of only 70 meters, the new bike path is the pilot project in a much larger energy harvesting innovation.

Circular Economy: Joining Forces For a New Industrial Revolution

There is no doubt our current social-economical structure is under growing pressure from multiple directions: scarcity of raw earth materials, increased negative impact on climate and the environment, fluctuating economies, and continuous population growth with a rising consumerist middle class. These pressures continue to accumulate, putting into question the ability of our system to continue to operate while risking social and environmental wellbeing worldwide.

Four Clever Things Nordic Cities Do to Encourage Green Lifestyles

Moving towards sustainable urban living requires fundamental – and often costly – changes at many levels. Luckily the most important change is within reach – and often free of charge. Four Nordic cities, Helsinki, Malmö, Copenhagen, and Reykjavik, have stepped up in bringing about a change in attitudes and helping residents to move towards more environmentally conscious lifestyles.

Is there a lesson to be learned in these projects?

HELSINKI – CLEANING DAY

URBIA - Urban Biodiversity in Action

A step forward to preserving urban biodiversity!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Danish Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Worldwatch Institute Europe has been able to launch its new urban biodiversity project in Denmark, “URBIA” - Urban Biodiversity In Action.