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Re-starting this blog…

It’s a long time since I posted anything on this blog I’m afraid!

Things have been very busy both at work (as resource efficiency has moved to be a major issue) and at home (an almost one year old & a 4 1/2 year old). This hasn’t left much time for blogging.

In addition, I’ve been tweeting on @mwarhurst – I’ve found this to be a very effective method of highlighting interesting articles & blog posts, and for making the odd comment too – mainly related to EU policy & the environment.

However, twitter has its frustrations – there is a limit to what you can say in 140 characters! You can cheat a bit by using multiple tweets, or even services for longer tweets, though neither of these is very elegant – or effective – with most twitter clients.

I’ve therefore decided that it’s time I restarted this blog, though I’m probably going to stick to quite short entries (but longer than 140 characters of course…).

More soon…..

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A quick catch-up

I’m sorry about the months of silence on this blog – things have just been too busy, and I didn’t seem to be able to make the time to post.

However, I’m hoping to change that now & post more regularly!

Here’s a few relevant things that we’ve been up to in the past few months:

  • Our conference on “Measuring Europe’s Resource Use: A vital tool in creating a resource efficient EU“, mentioned in a previous post, happened at the beginning of June, and was very interesting and successful. We’ve produced a full write up, and all the presentations are available, see this page on the Friends of the Earth Europe site.
  • We commissioned a study of how many jobs could be created in the EU if the current recycling target of 50% would be increased to 70% – the answer being over 500,000! For more details, see the press release and the full study.
  • We organised another event on resource efficiency in the European Parliament last week – the talks are now on the web, but I’ll do another post about the event soon.

A twitter feed too….

One of the problems I’ve found with blogging is that I often see interesting articles, but don’t get around to creating a blog post. I’m now trying out Twitter as a way of dealing with this problem.

On the web page of this blog (but not on the RSS feed) you will now see a new list of my twitter posts on the right hand side [I know I need to find a better template soon…].

Alternatively, you can view my twitter feed via any twitter software, under mwarhurst – or you can just look at http://twitter.com/mwarhurst

I’m doing most of the tweeting from the Reeder app on my iPhone.

Welcome to euenvironmentblog

Why does the world need another blog?

My name is Michael Warhurst, and I am launching this personal blog in order to post information about an issue that I think is important – environmental policy – focussing on a region which is particularly important, the European Union (EU).

I first thought about launching a blog on this subject at the start of 2007, and myself and my wife, Germana Canzi, set up the ‘europeplanetearth‘ blog. For various reasons we never quite managed to get the blog moving (though there are a few posts). Germana later set up a company, and used the europeplanetearth name for it; she also has a blog about the European Elections & the European Parliament – EUr vote matters.

Anyway, coming back to the present (early July 2009), I decided to finally go for it with the blog. I’m doing this because (like many who work on EU environment policy), I feel that this is an area of great importance but very low profile.

The European Union (EU) is now made up of 27 countries, with a population of just under 500 million people (see ‘What is the EU‘ on this site for more details). The EU is rich by global standards, and includes the countries that started the industrial revolution.

In the last few decades, the EU has become one of the leading environmental regulators in the world, agreeing regulations to control factory pollution, chemicals in toys and protection of biodiversity, to name just a few.

The world is facing massive environmental challenges, not least climate change. What can the EU – and its environmental policies – do to help move us towards a sustainable future? The EU has the power to do a huge amount – but does it have the political will? The EU structures are essentially democratic – but will the EU public or media realise what is actually happening (or will they just follow the myths?).

A new European Parliament is just starting work, there will be a new European Commission in the autumn, and the world is gearing up for the vital Copenhagen climate summit in the autumn… seems like a good time to finally start the blog!