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Get Inspired and Submit Your Photos!

The deadline for our Urban Biodiversity Photo Competition is approaching and we're looking forwards to receiving more submissions from people all across Europe!

Send in a photo that captures your personal take on the topic and send it to us by 15th October to be part of Worldwatch Institute Europe's calendar for 2015.

The top 13 entries will be selected by our panel of judges and will win a copy of our 2015 calendar featuring own work, as well as a free copy of the 2014 State of the World report.

Climate Change and Mass Media - Rewriting the Invisible News

Media loves a headline, not a footnote. When exposure and expertise are weighed one against the other in an early-morning editorial meeting, it is as unfortunate as it is clear that a celebrity scandal will trump a climate report.

While it would be easy to mistake climate change for a super-seller, you, more often than not, need to browse the newspaper all the way back to the science section to stay in the loop about what is actually happening with the environment.

Certification of New Transport Infrastructure

Transport is a key driving force behind societal and economic development. Communication, economic development and the dissemination of ideas have always been shaped and enabled by transport systems.

EU’s Energy Efficiency Strategy for 2030 - Balance or Disappointment?

Winter is coming and so is Europe’s heating season. At the same time, the EU’s relations with one of its main supplier of natural gas, Russia, are the worst they have been since the Cold War. As many European governments prepare contingency plans in case of a gas crisis, their leaders will meet in October to decide on EU’s mid-term strategy – the 2030 climate and energy framework. The Union’s targets for energy efficiency, greenhouse gases (GHG) reduction and renewables are the main points to decide on.

Transitioning to a Circular Economy Model in Europe - the Case for Citizen Governance

This summer saw the publication of the European Commission’s take on circular economy as a model for sustainable growth in the EU. In a move to emphasize its focus on job creation and sustainable growth, the Commission published the roadmap to a more resource-efficient Europe based on the guidelines of the Ellen MacArthur’s oft-cited model of circular economy.

Green Innovation on Bornholm - Bright Green Island!

In the light of the economic crisis, the Danish Island of Bornholm has developed a Bright Green Island strategy to rethink economic prosperity and place the island on the map as a green and innovative economy.

Highlight of the Month: Zero Packaging Shops - An Alternative to Regular Supermarkets

Most of the food we buy today is wrapped into layers of plastic, paper or other packaging material. Food packaging ranges from cornflakes paper packages to single bananas wrapped in plastic material. This lavish use of packaging material has been leading to an annual average generation of 159 kg of packaging waste per citizen in the EU.

Hospitality Industry - Food (Waste) for Thought

Food waste issues have been high on the agenda in the past couple of years. When considering the astonishing fact that 1/3 of food produced worldwide is being wasted, and more than a billion people are going to sleep hungry everyday, such growing attention is very well deserved.

Can Fashion Really Be Sustainable?

Sustainable fashion is part of a larger growing trend of creating more environment-friendly and ethical products. Whilst there is a lack of consensus on the definition of ‘sustainable fashion’, issues such as environmental sourcing and manufacturing of materials, reduction of carbon footprint, and safety of consumers and workers, remain equally important. Thus, all efforts to make fashion more sustainable aim towards "products that benefit both people and the planet".

Personal Experiences from Futureperfect 2014

One of the key criticisms of the environmental and sustainability movement is that it's so darn depressing. This is not without reason, after all climate change deniers are quite given to calling us climate change alarmists which is perfectly apt since the state of the planet combined with the direction in which we are headed can only be described as alarming.