$18 billion in support for new oil and gas projects

Oil Change International has commented on the approval by Norway’s energy ministry in June 2023 of over 18 billion US dollars to support 19 new oil and fossil gas field developments on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in the North Sea:

“Once again, Norway is showing its climate hypocrisy. As wildfires are raging in Canada and heatwaves are taking lives in India, Norway approves 19 new oil and gas field developments. The world’s leading climate scientists say we must stop drilling for new oil and fossil gas to secure a liveable future – but despite this Norway keeps drilling. If Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and the rest of the Norwegian government want to be taken seriously on the international climate stage, they need to align Norway’s oil and gas policies with a 1.5 degree scenario, and start planning now for a fair, full, and fast phase-out of all fossil fuels.” Other Norwegian NGOs, including WWF Norway, Greenpeace Norway and FOE Norway, have also called for a fossil-fuel phase-out.


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Editorial: EU climate target still not adapted to climate reality

On 8 September, the UN once again issued a report showing how governments are failing to take adequate action to implement the promises they made in the Paris Agreement. The so-called Synthesis Report on the Technical Dialogue from the First Global Stocktake showed how governments are good at making ambitious collective commitments but fail to take the right action at home to turn these collective pledges into a reality.

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The importance and role of forests in Poland

A varity of forest types in Poland play an important role in the country's ecosystem and cultural heritage.

Poland is home to a variety of forest types, which cover an area of nearly 9.3 million hectares and account for 29.6% of the country’s total land area. These forests play an important role in the country’s ecosystem, economy and cultural heritage. The forests are dominated by coniferous species, which together cover 76.6% of the area. These include pine, larch, spruce and fir. Deciduous species appear on 23.4% of the area.

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