• Rémy Prud’homme: The Three Original Sins Of The French Carbon Tax

    • Date: 19/01/10

    It is fascinating to see how a good theory can produce a bad policy. All economists agree: the best way to fight against a negative externality (a cost imposed on others by a polluter who does not pay for this cost) is to tax it. CO2 emissions are an externality, let us tax them. At […]

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  • BBC May Dump Met Office Over Inaccurate Forecasts

    • Date: 17/01/10

    Buffeted by complaints about its inaccurate weather forecasts, the Met Office now faces being dumped by the BBC after almost 90 years. The Met Office contract with the BBC expires in April and the broadcaster has begun talks with Metra, the national forecaster for New Zealand, as a possible alternative. The BBC put the contract […]

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  • Googlegate

    • Date: 16/01/10

    This week, Google announced an end to its long-standing collaboration with the Chinese Communists — it will no longer censor users inside China. That’s good of it. Maybe Google will now also stop using its search engine to censor the rest of us, in the Western countries. Search for “Googlegate” on Google and you’ll get […]

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  • Australia May Be Backing Away From Cap And Trade

    • Date: 15/01/10

    Before the Copenhagen conference on climate change, many believed that carbon trading, already underway in the EU, would sweep the western world, with Australia being the next country carbon-trading country. After Copenhagen ended in chaos, it became clear that the U.S. wouldn’t adopt carbon markets and that Canada, which is determined to follow the U.S.’s […]

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  • Wall Street Journal Shuts Down Its Green Blog

    • Date: 15/01/10

    After more than two years and over 2,000 posts, Environmental Capital is closing its virtual doors. It’s been, in equal measure, a fun, grueling, and educational ride. Full Story

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  • EU Trade Chief Rules Out Carbon Border Tax

    • Date: 13/01/10

    Incoming European Union trade chief Karel De Gucht on Tuesday ruled out pursuing French-led calls to impose a carbon tax at the EU’s borders, warning that such ideas risk triggering trade wars. ‘In terms of border adjustments, I’m against it,’ De Gucht told lawmakers in response to a question during a European parliamentary confirmation hearing […]

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  • A Trove Of Green Stories … Lost In A Sea of Noise

    • Date: 11/01/10

    Journalists worldwide published more than 32,400 articles on climate change in last year, yet the coverage was not enough to warrant a spot on a map showing major news events of 2009. Amid gloomy reports of shrinking news holes and contracting news rooms, some 11,000 different reporters, columnists and editorial boards at nearly 2,000 media […]

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  • BBC: ‘Many Believe Global Warming Is To Blame For The Lack Of Snow’

    • Date: 09/01/10

    Ski resorts across the European Alps are becoming increasingly worried as current bad snow conditions threaten the all important Christmas holiday period. This autumn has been one of the worst on record with high temperatures and little snowfall. Many resorts have had to postpone their openings and the main ski races have been cancelled because […]

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