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Climate Change is a Threat to the Saami People’s Culture and Traditional Knowledge Base in the EU
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Climate Change is a Threat to the Saami People’s Culture and Traditional Knowledge Base in the EU

The only group of indigenous people that can be found in the EU is the Saami people. The total Saami population is estimated to be around 80,000, and the Saami people are scattered throughout Northern Finland, Sweden, Norway, and part of Russia. There are ten Saami languages, nine of which are still spoken today. Aside...

France’s Agricultural Sector Produced 1.1% of Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021
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France’s Agricultural Sector Produced 1.1% of Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021

Agriculture is fundamental to the French way of life at home as well as to its identity abroad. As of 2020 in France, usable agricultural areas represent 269 000 km² or 49% of the country. These are the most recent figures made available by the 2020 Agricultural census, a global data collection process guided by the FAO...

The EU Agriculture Sector Contributed 15.3% of Total Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021
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The EU Agriculture Sector Contributed 15.3% of Total Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021

The EU is one of the world’s leading producers and net exporters of agriculture, making it unsurprising that agriculture makes up approximately 10% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The EU traditionally exports more agricultural products than it imports; in 2020, agriculture comprised 9.5% of the EU’s total exports while it comprised 7.1% of the...

European Union: A Climate Look Past and Forward
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European Union: A Climate Look Past and Forward

Looking Back 2022: The Introduction of the REPowerEU Plan/ Looking Forward 2023:  Increasing investment in Existing Climate Mitigation Funds Russia’s war on Ukraine created significant uncertainty within the EU regarding how it is going to produce enough energy to power itself through winter while still maintaining its ambitious climate goals. The EU’s previous reliance on...

Digitalization of the EU’s Power Grid: A Way to Combat Emissions and Work Towards a Greener Future
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Digitalization of the EU’s Power Grid: A Way to Combat Emissions and Work Towards a Greener Future

In October 2022, the EU introduced its “Digitalising the Energy System-EU Action Plan”, which will revolutionize the EU’s current power grid. The plan aims to contribute to EU energy policy objectives by creating a sustainable, secure, transparent, and competitive market for digital energy services. It also aims to facilitate the integration of renewable resources into...

EU’s Air Emissions Due to Economic Activity
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EU’s Air Emissions Due to Economic Activity

The proxy measure I have decided to use is air emissions from greenhouse gases due to economic activity in the EU. This information is updated quarterly. Economic activity is defined as the total greenhouse gas emissions that are produced in the EU due to agriculture, forestry, and fishing; mining and quarrying; manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam...

Only 5.3% of the EU’s Total Passenger Car Fleet is Powered by Alternative Fuel
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Only 5.3% of the EU’s Total Passenger Car Fleet is Powered by Alternative Fuel

Transportation is one of the major sectors that contribute to climate change, as it accounts for 25% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it a necessary area to regulate in order for the EU to reach its 2030 and 2050 emissions goals. Lessening emissions of passenger cars in particular will be pivotal, and both...

EU Climate Change Adaptation Efforts are Pivotal in Lessening Social and Economic Losses
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EU Climate Change Adaptation Efforts are Pivotal in Lessening Social and Economic Losses

The consequences that climate change is expected to have on EU countries between now and 2050 are grim. While the impact of climate change is predicted to vary among regions and between seasons, the European Commission, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and other institutions posit that no country in the EU will be...

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