Sustainable development

UN climate chief to miss session after sex harassment case

The United Nations' top climate change official will not chair a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials said Feb. 22.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), pulled out due to "issues demanding his attention", the UN body said.

Oil and Gas Explorations at Vranino Halted, Await Court Ruling

At present no exploration works are being carried out at the Vranino field in northeastern Bulgaria, as the verdict of the Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) is awaited.
This was announced by the Minister of Environment and Water Ivelina Vasileva in a response to a question posed to her in Parliament on Friday, electronic daily Dnevnik reports.

Athens and Thessaloniki in list of ‘resilient cities’

Athens and Thessaloniki were named on Wednesday among 35 cities around the world that will join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, a 100-million-dollar scheme to create a network of urban centers that will cooperate to build “their own capacities to navigate the shocks and stresses of an increasingly complex 21st century.”

Istanbul airport contractor gets new setback on coal plant project

Cengiz Construction is facing its second setback in a week after its project to build a coal plant on the shore of the Marmara Sea was suspended by a local administrative court, on the grounds that the assessment regarding the environmental impact of the facility was inadequate.

Turkey gives ‘license to plunder’ for shopping malls and residential complexes

Turkey’s Environment Ministry has exempted a number of construction projects – including shopping malls, residential complexes, golf courts and small sized hydro-electric plants – from the mandatory environmental impact assessment process, in blatant violation of a Constitutional Court ruling.

Bulgaria’s Environment Minister: Shale Gas Moratorium Will Remain in Place

Bulgaria's new Environment Minister, Ivelina Vasileva, has vowed to keep the 2012 moratorium on the exploration and production of shale gas through hydraulic fracturing.

In a Sunday interview for bTV, Vasileva insisted that the authorities would not allow illegal and uncontrolled construction.
She pledged clearly mapped protected areas on the Black Sea coast.

Five-star hotel project in idyllic ancient city halted by court

A local Turkish court has halted the construction of a five-star hotel complex next to Phaselis, one of the best preserved ancient cities located on a cove along the Mediterranean Sea, marking a new victory for activists in their latest battle against investors seeking to expand their businesses in areas with protected status.