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EU’s emissions reduction 2030. No ambition

EU heads of state today agreed three modest climate and green energy targets for 2030, which lack the ambition needed to put Europe on track to meet its own 2050 climate commitments and will not do enough to cut dependence on fossil fuels. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) says that now targets have […]

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G7 for a Climate Deal in 2015

The world’s leading industrialised nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum, reads a REUTERS piece. The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, which will run […]

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Europe guts aviation emissions-reduction law

Members of the European Parliament today capitulated to pressure, bullying and threats from third countries, the aviation industry and EU leaders lacking vision and courage by voting to shrink the aviation emissions trading system (ETS), reads a Transport & Environment press release. The weakened ETS will only cover flights between EU airports until 2017, which leaves […]

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Obama Climate Change Strategy Coming Within Weeks

President Barack Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, his top energy and climate adviser said and quoted by Reuters. Obama will take several steps to make tackling climate change a “second-term priority” that builds on […]

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World Bank and IETA release annual reports on the carbon market at Carbon Expo

During Carbon Expo 2013, the World Bank and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) will present reports on the current status of global carbon markets. Both documents will be launched on Wednesday, May 29, the first day of the conference. Also on the first day, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention […]

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ETS. Emissions Decline, Allowances Increase

Emissions of greenhouse gases from stationary installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) decreased by 2% last year to 1.867 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry. First year of emissions responsibility for aircraft operators Verified 2012 emissions reported by airlines amount to almost 84 million […]

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Stopping the Clock of ETS and Aviation Emissions

“The EU has always been very clear: nobody wants an international framework tackling CO2-emissions from aviation more than we do. Our EU legislation is not standing in the way of this. On the contrary, our regulatory scheme was adopted after having waited many years for ICAO to progress. Now it seems that because of some […]

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EU Countries on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets, Emissions Fall 2.5 %

Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union (EU) fell on average by 2.5 % from 2010 to 2011, although several countries increased emissions. Almost all European countries are individually on track towards their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol compared to last year, according to two reports published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). […]

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Jeffrey Sachs: Global Reality in Climate Action

“There are clearly three dominant players right now and then the rest of the world that cares a lot about this. There’s the U.S., there’s the European Union and there’s China. Copenhagen was essentially the U.S. and China saying ‘ we’re not going to do very much’. Europe was left on the sidelines.” ( Jeffrey […]

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Third Industrial Revolution Kicks In

Three years ago I was obsessed with cutting carbon and carbon markets. The smartest and most inspirational people I was meeting at the time were blowing whistles at “pressure on ecosystems”. If in those times companies were getting shallowly into green business and coming forth with loads of disgusting greenwash, I was there wishing to […]

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Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]

Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover […]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of […]