Is Central Europe ready for a mega-fire?

Large forest and grassland fires are one of the most dramatic consequences of the ongoing climate catastrophe. Year after year, media coverage of fires ravaging Canada, Australia, Greece or Portugal is increasing; rising temperatures, however, mean that the threat is growing in many areas of the world – including Central Europe.

By , , , , , |2024-02-08T11:26:32+01:00February 8th, 2024|Tags: , |Comments Off on Is Central Europe ready for a mega-fire?

Poets, politicians and saints: Budapest’s changing street names

A third of Budapest’s 8,598 streets and squares have been renamed at least once in their history. A third of those now bear the name of a real or fictitious person, the most popular being Attila József. A look at the reasons for renaming and the issues of political memory they highlight.

By , |2024-04-11T11:59:08+01:00February 7th, 2024|Tags: , |Comments Off on Poets, politicians and saints: Budapest’s changing street names

Fighting fires with fires – and pasture

When talking about fires we typically imagine a terrifying and catastrophic event. But the use of controlled fires is once again becoming common practice in Europe: together with livestock grazing, it is looking like an essential and economical technique that can prevent genuinely catastrophic fires.

By |2023-12-19T15:10:12+01:00December 19th, 2023|Tags: , |Comments Off on Fighting fires with fires – and pasture

The costs of carmakers’ lobbying on new EU emissions rules

By aligning itself with the recommendations of the car industry when adopting new emission standards, the European Union could be caving in to the industry lobby at the expense of taxpayers' money and citizens' health, according to confidential documents obtained by Voxeurop.

By |2024-03-14T11:47:47+01:00December 13th, 2023|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The costs of carmakers’ lobbying on new EU emissions rules

Portugal: wildfires and the eucalyptus curse

Portugal is Europe's third largest producer of wood pulp, an industry that relies heavily on the eucalyptus tree. In 2017, a devastating fire in Pedrogrão Grande ignited a debate on the industry's responsibility to prevent such disasters. In particular, the issue of biodiversity was brought back to centre stage. Reportage.

By |2023-12-05T12:28:20+01:00December 5th, 2023|Tags: , |Comments Off on Portugal: wildfires and the eucalyptus curse

Forest fires are on the rise in Czechia as in the rest of the world: timely action is needed

The high number of highly flammable spruce monocultures in Czechia is mainly due to conservative forestry and poorly framed legislation. But while the climate is already shifting, the laws that are holding back forest conversion have remained unchanged on the books for decades.

By |2023-11-27T12:18:50+01:00November 17th, 2023|Tags: , |Comments Off on Forest fires are on the rise in Czechia as in the rest of the world: timely action is needed
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