Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Megan Darby for Climate Change News:The Swedish government is expected to decide this week whether to allow the sale of some of Europe’s most polluting assets. At issue are state-owned Vattenfall’s brown coal mines and plants in Germany, which it wants to offload to Czech firm EPH.Olivia Linander of 350.org urged the ruling parties to “show they take the Paris Agreement seriously” by blocking the transaction.An opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace, WWF and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation suggests the public is inclined to agree. Nearly half (49%) oppose the sale, compared to 27% in favour.The figures are similar among voters for the Social Democrats, whose minister Mikael Damberg is responsible for the decision: 49% against, 32% for.Vattenfall expects to lose US$2.7-3.3 billion in the transaction, yet argues it is cheaper than holding onto the loss-making business.Shedding the five opencast mines and four power stations will shrink the firm’s carbon footprint by two thirds – seen as desirable for its reputation and bankability.Gerard Wynn, analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, questioned whether it would really be more expensive for Vattenfall to decommission the mines.“If it is about brand, it is not great if you are potentially going to create a big mess in Eastern Germany,” he said. “Which is more important, bankers or your voters?”Sweden faces climate test as voters oppose brown coal sale Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germanylast_img read more

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With the new campaign, Booking.com encourages re-booking of accommodation in Croatia

first_imgThese initiatives allow accommodation units to easily point out the precautions the facility takes regarding coronavirus on the facility page. Also, no commission is charged for canceled reservations, reservations with changed dates as well as those reimbursed by the voucher due to government travel restrictions in certain areas. The new rules will be applied retroactively, where appropriate. To encourage travelers to re-book the same facility, Booking.com will offer them 15% prize (up to 100 EUR) after the realized stay, which will be valid for reservations made by 31 December 2020 and with a check-out date of 30 April 2021. In addition, Booking.com will not charge a booking fee made as part of this campaign, all with the aim of providing additional support to partners providing accommodation services. The campaign is aimed at customers in Croatia who have had to cancel reservations within their country, due to government travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, in order to book accommodation in the same facility when it becomes safe to travel again. This initiative seeks to return Croatian partners to successful business, inspire travelers and provide support to local business.center_img Booking.com has also introduced a tool that allows partners greater flexibility in applying their rules and modes of operation and promotes their use to help facilities take advantage of the demand of users who want flexibility in these uncertain times.last_img read more

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Aurora art show planned

first_imgAurora, In. — The work of local artists will be featured at the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild’s “Regional Art Exhibition” in downtown Aurora. Art Guild Studios will host the show from August 5 to 19 at various times. For schedule information go to visitsoutheastindiana.com/. Admission is free. For more information call 812-221-1252.last_img

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