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'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:42:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EU put forward its long-planned carbon tax this week, a move that will change energy taxes so that they are based on carbon emissions. Loud complaints are already being heard from car-makers and driver-lobby groups. But the new rules won't initially raise fuel prices at all. And that is the real worry, as fuel use ultimately needs to reflect the real cost to the planet - which means, in the end, prices for the worst polluting fuels will have to rise.

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:14:03 GMT by Martin Leggett

After a game of legislative ping-pong, that saw Congress and Senate on different sides of the role of the EPA in controlling greenhouse gases, the budget agreement on Friday laid to rest - for the moment - the danger that the EPA could lose its powers to help reduce emissions. The agreement on the federal budget avoided both a US governmental and a climate-change action shutdown - but the divisions remain.

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:03:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The legislative see-saw swung against the EPA yesterday, as the House voted in a bill to curtail the EPA's powers to regulate greenhouse gases. But the bill will most likely serve as nothing more than an empty gesture, whilst Senate opinion, and the Presidential veto, stand firmly behind the EPA holding onto those powers.

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Senate voted down yesterday the McConnell measure to coral the EPA, and prevent it from tackling US-sourced greenhouse gas pollution. The vote, split evenly at 50-50, was ten short of the 60 majority needed. That left the EPA free to continue its attempts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from major emitters such as power plants and refineries.

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:55:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

New Energy Star Lighting Standards released by the EPA will improve efficiency by 40 percent and offer a wider range of high-quality lighting options for consumers. As of October of 2011, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency by 30 percent more than the fluorescent-based fixtures that currently qualify under the plan.

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

A new project, aimed at promoting government transparency and people access to information through an environmental perspective, has been recently launched in Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. The project, entitled 'The Access to Information in Africa: Transparency Models and Lessons Learned' (ATI in Africa), is coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Issues surrounding the 1997 Kyoto Protocol remain key to moving ahead with climate change agreements in 2012 and beyond. Aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for global warming, since 1997 the Kyoto Protocol has held most developed nations to a set of legally binding commitments that are due to expire in late 2012.

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

UN executive secretary Christiana Figueres discusses the importance of follow-through on agreed-upon measures by governments that attended the Cancun Climate Summit in late 2010. Last year during the talks in Cancun, leaders developed a time frame during which they agreed that they will launch new institutions, technology and funding that is designed to help developing nations handle the challenges of climate change.

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:04:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Greenhouse gas emissions rise in the UK. While the figures from the transport sector were stable, the government was quick to highlight that the bulk of the increase came from the residential sector, despite the fact that just 17% of all CO2 emissions comes from the nation's homes.

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:37:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

EU unveils plans to make cities free from petrol and diesel driven cars by 2050. The European Commission has stated that petrol and diesel should be banned in all European cities in order to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, and tackle climate change.

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

How the budget announcement in the UK will affect green policies. The Chancellor, George Osborne, previously promised that he would become an ally to green efforts and the Prime Minister David Cameron has made claims that this will be the ''greenest government ever.''

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

Government announces panel to decide the fate of UK forests

Government announces panel to decide the fate of UK forests

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:08:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

The UK government announces the latest in its plans to 'sell-off' the UK's publicly owned forests. Over half a million people signed petitions against the selling off of any publicly owned land, such as forests and national parks, with 84% of people saying that they wanted the forests to remain with the public.

Government announces panel to decide the fate of UK forests

Obama weighs in to allay US radiation fears

Obama weighs in to allay US radiation fears

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:21:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Fears in the US over a potential increase in radiation levels after Japan nuclear crisis. Sales of Geiger counters and potassium iodide have increased in the West Coast after reports low level radiation could drift across the Pacific. Officials estimate it would take five or six days for the particles to cross from Japan.

Obama weighs in to allay US radiation fears

Extension Issued by EPA for Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline

Extension Issued by EPA for Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:44:01 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

In order to more effectively utilize reporting tools and maximize understanding, the EPA has announced it will extend the Greenhouse Gas Reporting deadline until September 30, 2011. The current deadline extension follows a number of in depth conversations with industry leaders and experts, and will allow the EPA to conduct additional testing on the system that facilities will be required to use for reporting the data.

Extension Issued by EPA for Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline

Familiar refrain of 'jobs threat' doesn't cut it in EPA attack

Familiar refrain of 'jobs threat' doesn't cut it in EPA attack

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:28:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Congress passed, Tuesday, a measure to stop the EPA from acting on climate-change causing greenhouse gases. As the McConnell Amendment moves to the Senate, sections of industry have added their support to it, worrying over the effect on jobs of the EPA powers. But with the world moving to a low-carbon economy, real jobs will come from speeding up the transition in the US - not slowing it down.

Familiar refrain of 'jobs threat' doesn't cut it in EPA attack

Congo Moves to Protect Rights of Indigenous Communities.

Congo Moves to Protect Rights of Indigenous Communities.

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:04:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

New indigenous rights legislation becomes law. New legislation is set to come into force in the Republic of Congo regarding the rights of the indigenous forest people in the country. Along with the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) is one of the first countries on the continent to specify legal protection for indigenous communities.

Congo Moves to Protect Rights of Indigenous Communities.

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J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Posted Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate: what does the UN want?

Posted Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

United Nations Day, October 24th 2014

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

International World Food Day, 2014

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:52:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Summit

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:54:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The Law of the Jungle (review)

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Posted Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Poachers steal one elephant too many!

Posted Fri, 16 May 2014 11:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

US Climate Wars stoked up as presidential race kicks off

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:26:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:59:12 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

World Environment Day: June 5th, 2014 (and the 4th for tweets)

Posted Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:11:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Los Angeles voters want more solar power

Posted Fri, 04 May 2012 16:52:47 GMT by Paul Robinson

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 19:37:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Come on in, the water's lovely

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:46:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Does the Bird's Point floodway case reveal a problem with the Clean Water Act?

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 22:23:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Loggers and land-grabbers should leave SE Asia?

Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:49:01 GMT by JW Dowey