• EU Plots To Exploit Climate Hype For New Green Taxes

    • Date: 01/06/10

    Leaked documents suggest European Commission is preparing to seize opportunity presented by debt crisis to make case for pan-European green tax scheme The EU is reportedly working on plans for a pan-European energy tax that would bolster the competitiveness of renewable and low carbon energy sources while helping the bloc to tackle its worsening debt […]

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  • U.N. Climate Talks Resume, Negotiation Stalled

    • Date: 01/06/10

    U.N. climate talks resumed on Monday exposing familiar rifts between rich and poor nations which delegates said would delay the start of formal negotiations. The 185-nation Bonn conference, which runs until June 11, is the biggest international climate meeting since a summit last December in Copenhagen failed to agree on a new deal to combat […]

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  • Australia: Scientists At Academy Row Over Climate Scepticism

    • Date: 29/05/10

    Australia’s former chief scientist, Professor Robin Batterham, is embroiled in a bitter dispute over climate change within one of the nation’s elite science academies. As president of the peer-elected Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Professor Batterham faces demands by members to drop plans for the academy to issue a policy statement supporting climate […]

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  • Emissions Trading Battle Headed To Court

    • Date: 28/05/10

    The challenge U.S. airlines are bringing against the European emissions trading system will be fought out at the European level, a British court has determined. The High Court May 27 granted a motion to have the battle over the legality of the ETS moved to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). A hearing there is […]

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  • Climb-Down: Hedegaard Backtracks On EU Climate Targets

    • Date: 27/05/10

    EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard yesterday (26 May) presented a paper making the case for moving towards a unilateral 30% cut in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. But she failed to stand behind it, bowing to pressure from France and Germany. The EU’s climate chief unveiled a new communication arguing that increasing the […]

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  • That Was Quick: EU Commission Abandons Plans To Tighten Emissions Targets

    • Date: 26/05/10

    After massive criticism by industry leaders, the EU Commission has abandoned plans to tighten Europe’s climate change targets. Whether Europe wants to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 20 or by 30 percent by the year 2020 was “a political decision” that must be taken by EU member states, said Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s […]

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  • Paris, Berlin Join Climate Revolt Over Unilateral Climate Targets

    • Date: 26/05/10

    France and Germany yesterday joined the growing ranks of European countries opposed to making further unilateral moves on climate change, as the European Commission today plans to make the case for raising the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction goal from -20% to -30% by 2020. Speaking at a joint press conference in Brussels on Tuesday (25 […]

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  • German Industry Against EU Climate Targets

    • Date: 25/05/10

    The German industry has lashed out against a plan by the European Commission to boost Europe’s climate protection efforts. Germany’s two biggest industry associations said they are against boosting the European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions reduction target from 20 percent to 30 percent compared to 1990 levels. “The German industry — probably like no other […]

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