The UN Security Council this Wednesday is set to discuss the possible expansion of the world body’s mission to keep the peace via a new environmental peacekeeping force — “green helmets” alongside the tradional blue one — which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is expected to address the meeting and Czech president Václav Klaus, a noted skeptic of prevailing theories on global warming, is certain to protest.
When it comes to causes and consequences of climate change, Czechs consider themselves the least well informed of citizens of 12 EU countries surveyed by the European Commission for a Eurobarometer report. The survey also shows that many can’t properly identify what CO2 and its basic properties are. There’s also little consensus across the EU on what actions must be taken to combat climate change.
For getting around on a daily basis, some 37 percent of Czechs said public transportation was their main mode of transport on a daily basis, according to Eurobarometer. This was the highest proportion of any EU country. But Czech drivers scored as some of the toughest customers when it comes to reasons that would make them leave their cars at home.
The European Commission has cleared Czech electricity market operator OTE, the national emissions registry, and its Italian counterpart to resume normal operations as of this Thursday at 8:00 a.m. CET.
Following Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Petr Nеčas announced that the state will provide power utility ČEZ and Blackstone Global Ventures with emissions permits to replace those stolen from them in a hacker attack in mid-January.
Viewers are encouraged to “get inspired” by projects created to help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The exhibition, now at the National Technical Library, grew out of the three-year long British Council project Challenge Europe, which brought people from around Europe together to develop ideas and create solutions.