Gorbachev’s green summit to be live streamed

An environmental conference run by Green Cross International is to be broadcast around the world via an online live stream. The 7th Earth Dialogues conference marks the 20th anniversary of the organisation founded by former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. The group was created to foster international co-operation and find solutions to shared […]

Rio+20: “Disappointing” or a new direction?

Last week’s highly anticipated Rio+20 summit where 180 world leaders met to create an action plan for sustainable development has been criticised for holding little “concrete action”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (pictured) claimed Rio+20 gave nations a “new direction” at the closing ceremony of the three-day summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He said: […]

Chernobyl still serves as warning against nuclear power

The shocking legacy of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl is still with us today. 26 years ago today the nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (pictured) exploded releasing radioactive material into the air. Due to atmospheric conditions it later contaminated areas of nearby Russia, Belarus and Moldova. Since the nuclear accident thousands of people have suffered […]

Gorbachev: share water resources to avoid crisis

Countries across the world must agree rules to share water resources or risk political and humanitarian crises, according to ex-Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France that governments must ratify the 1997 United Nations Watercourses Convention. It is the only global legal framework […]

Switzerland says no to nuclear

The Swiss government has announced that it will not replace its existing nuclear fleet, set to decommission by 2034. Nuclear power provides 40% of Switzerland’s energy. Ex-President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev had recently urged Swiss politicians to turn their backs on nuclear as they create a new energy policy. Alexander Likhotal, President of […]