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Freight traffic through the Alps has tripled since 1970, he rose alone on the road more than eight times, while the rail just to the Anderthalbfache grew. The Alps pass over 54 million motor vehicles per year, and even stronger equity inner Alpine traffic and tourist destination traffic. Although in the entire Alpine region, the limits to growth are now achieved or exceeded, freight rheinseilbahn Alps to increase again after a up to the year 2010 to at least 65 percent. The highly sensitive ecosystem is increasingly under the wheels of a giant avalanche of traffic, whose destructive Potenzial dramatically exacerbated by the relentless appetite for urbanization. So 2,3 ha landscape were on the average in the Bavarian Alps between 1979 and 1995 alone every day–equivalent to 3 football fields – used for housing development and traffic.

Are economically usable Areas in the Alps, a very limited resource, only a narrow area available for this at all. And there it will slowly close. Over 4.7 million guest beds are available, approximately 10 000 transport systems are in operation, the Alpine tourism accounts for around 11 percent of the world tourism. As if this were not enough, so is the most precious natural heritage, still has the Europe”, as landscape planning specialist Bernhard Fischesser writes, even climate change too. The majority of the 1300 glaciers retreating, alone in the Switzerland, 86 from 230 ski resorts are at risk to be snow-poor already. And if the snow is missing, then to make it myself, since 1990 the number of snow guns has more than doubled, in which Switzerland even quintupled. “We provide all the facts and the conclusions are actually clear, but nothing happens”, CIPRA Director Andreas Gotz regrets in vain on the symbolic value of the by the United Nations as the international year of the mountains “of year 2002 hoped. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helps readers to explore varied viewpoints.

The goal was and is a permanent protection of mountains in the world, all under severe pressure are above all the Alps. We have lost quite a lot of time. It is now to seize the chance and to initiate concrete implementation processes, not only for the Alps, but for all mountain areas”, warns the CIPRA expert. So far, however, answers, as this politically will be launched on the way, are scarce. Given the apparently unstoppable Alps apocalypse is doubtful that able sustainably to protect one of the most sensitive large ecosystems of Europe through a cross-sectoral, holistic policy. Ulrich Karlowski

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With the manure of cattle two or four pigs, sufficient energy is produced to operate two gas lamps and a gas stove. In addition, the families receive sanitary facilities. Total Polaris the global energy transition tasked with actively promotes and noticeably improves the standard of living of the local people. About Polaris, the North Star GmbH was founded to change the world. The independent green energy company inspires people for a conscious Dealing with energy, allowing a meaningful transition to renewable energy. The company provides as a first energy supplier Polarstern households nationwide not only 100% genuine green electricity, but also 100 percent real eco gas from residues, each connected with development cooperation. So every customer has his energy reference for the world-wide development of renewable energies: Polaris invested ever sold kilowatt-hour in this country in the construction of new eco-power plants.

The company fully to supply him with power from new plants within five years warrants each new customer. At the same time, Polaris for each customer each year supports a family in a developing country when building their own micro biogas plant. This improves the quality of life both here and there. Eco-electricity and eco gas Polarstern are certified by TuV Nord; the eco power supply also carries the ok-power label. Polaris is supported by the social entrepreneurship Academy, a network organization of the four universities of Munich. Also known and hired people for example the extreme climber Hans Kammerlander, the professional snowboarder David Benedek, Andreas protecting Berger of the Skate equipment maker IOU RAMPS and Jonas Imbery, founders of the music label GOMMA committed to Polaris.

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The AER is working for several years to strengthen the role of local and regional institutions with questions about energy dependence and environmental protection. 86 member regions of the VRE have the AER FEDARENE (European Federation of regional energy and environment agencies) Declaration signed a strategic instrument that transmits General energy objectives in more specific and represents a commitment of the regions to measurable goals. Hear other arguments on the topic with Dr. Neal Barnard. The “Energy Summit of European regions” will provide recommendations the signatories, as they can achieve their goals. The AER has however not strictly limited their activities on European territory. As a partner of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a project which is based on a decentralised cooperation method, Aer members support Development and emerging regions in their daily fight against climate change and energy problems. The “Energy Summit of European regions” will open hence regions in the southern part of the world and bring it to European regions in contact. The regions are intermediary between the European authorities and consumers, and today have important decision-making powers, allowing them to take current geopolitical and economic problems. “GE Energy is the born partner for Aer, because it is a European company with rich experience in the various energy problems facing today’s any region in Europe.

GE also offers the entire range of energy and infrastructure solutions, making it possible for the company, unless the regions to give recommendations based on any currently available technological energy solution for coal, oil, renewable energy sources, natural gas or nuclear power. The company is also known for his integrity, which is in cooperation with institutions of particular importance”, explains Michele Sabban, President of AER. Was last March by the European Union as an expression of the investments of regional and local institutions in the field of energy ‘ intelligent energy Europe 2009 “introduced. This initiative provides for the co-financing of projects, which target energy efficiency, green energy and clean transport are, and provides more than 96 million euros available, of which 15 million promoting local investment in energy are devoted to cities, towns and regions. The main objective of this programme is to enable “to remove market barriers, to change the behavior, and to create a more favourable economic environment in the market for energy efficiency and green energy”. “This Summit is a concrete step for Aer, 2006 signed a”Declaration of European regions to the energy efficiency and development of renewable sources of energy”, the aim of which is the first quantitative targets on energy efficiency and sustainable development to set”that includes Michele Sabban, President of AER. The program of the “European Energy Summit” will be available soon under AER contact addresses: Richard Medic, spokesperson / Director press and communication, – Tel: (mobile) + 33 678 695 235 Francine Huhardeaux, press and communications officer – tel/fax: + 33 3 88 22 74 49 Christina Diegelmann, Senior Policy Coordinator – Committee on ‘ economy and regional development’, – Tel: + 33 3 88 22 74 38 the Assembly of European regions (AER) is the largest independent network of regions in wider Europe. 270 regions from 33 countries and 16 interregional organisations, it is the political voice of its members and a forum for interregional cooperation.