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Leeuwarden and Valletta – 2018 European Capitals of Culture

rom January 1st, Leeuwarden (Firesland, the Netherlands) and Valletta (Malta) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year. The opening celebrations for Valletta will take place from 14 to 20 January across the city, inspired by the traditional Maltese festa. In Leeuwarden, celebrations will kick off on 26 and 27 January, with

Smart Cities of the Future

ities are the engines of modern society. They power the global economy, consume vast amounts of resources, house the majority of the world’s population, and create much of the pollution and emissions that have scientists concerned about the future. And while big cities consume a lot of resources already – this hardly

Studies on stress

hildren who grow up in high-stress environments may be at higher risk for learning or behavioral trouble, but new research suggests that their skills warrant more attention. Stress-adapted youth may possess traits—such as heightened vigilance, attention shifting, and empathic accuracy—that traditional learning and testing situations don’t tap into. These skills

The world’s 10 biggest economies in 2017

he economy of the United States is the largest in the world. At $18 trillion, it represents a quarter share of the global economy (24.3%), according to the latest World Bank figures. China follows, with $11 trillion, or 14.8% of the world economy. Japan is in third place with an

COP21: 2015 Paris UN climate change conference

rom 30 November to 12 December, Paris hosted the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11). On 12 December, the parties reached

New Aviation Strategy for the EU

he European Commission adopted a new Aviation Strategy for Europe, a milestone initiative to boost EU's economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce its global leadership position. These are three core priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker, on which the Strategy will deliver, by ensuring that the European aviation sector remains

Q&A: Circular Economy Package – EU

he European Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater

EC adopts its position ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016

he European Commission has adopted its position paper for the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 calling for "A global partnership towards effective humanitarian action". The Commission has adopted a Communication 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'. The Communication sets out the EU's strategic vision

Union for the Mediterranean: Prioritising climate and environment

Ministers attending the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) meeting in Athens issued a Declaration of their commitment to tackle the growing climate and environmental challenges facing the region. It is the first time climate change has been discussed at ministerial level within the UfM, a partnership promoting multilateral cooperation between

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