The EU Commission is rediscovering a very old acquaintance: an EU C02 tax. 20 years ago it has been the starting point for European climate policy. But the Commission proposal in the early 1990s failed to rally the necessary unanimity of the 12 member states that made up the Union at that time. This led… » read more
In six months the 190-odd contracting parties of the International Framework Convention on Climate Change (IFCCC) will meet in Cancun (Mexico) for its 16th session since its creation in 1992. Their track record has been deplorable. Neither the unending number of expert and ministerial meetings, often in exotic places, nor the Kyoto Protocol has done… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘EU agrees billions to fund renewables, CCS‘: A study recently published by NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark shows that when CCS [carbon capture and storage] is observed over time and across the sectors where it is planned to be applied – when we watch the whole film as opposed to a single… » read more
This story about EU climate goals was published by EurActiv on 27th May 2010. The EU’s climate chief unveiled a new communication arguing that increasing the EU’s 2020 climate goal to a 30% emission reduction from 1990 levels would be both affordable and technically feasible. The European Commission estimates that as a result of the… » read more
Since the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Conference China is being widely seen as the spoiler of international efforts to cope with climate change. Indeed, in Copenhagen it has not been very helpful. It has snubbed the USA and the EU by its refusal to subscribe to a global 50 percent reduction of green house… » read more
Since May 12, 2010 a new draft for an American Power Act is on the table. Senators Kerry and Liebermann have submitted a 1000 page (!) compromise proposal after a previous trilateral effort could not make the way to the Senator Floor because of party controversy concerning the priority to be attributed to immigration over… » read more
At the 1st European Regions Energy Day in Brussels, Klaus Klipp, Secretary General of the Assembly of European Regions, spoke to Blogactiv. He explained the role that European Regions are already having in changing to a lower emissions environment to help combat climate change.
For the first time in history the European Air Space has been closed. For five days essentially all air traffic had come to a halt. Seven million air travellers – tourists, air commuters, officials, businessmen and even statesmen – could not reach their destinations by using aircraft, the fastest, cheapest and often the most convenient… » read more
Why did Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas sheepishly stand up and say: “Never mind that the Icelandic volcano is continuing to blast – you can fly now”. What a disappointing debut for Siim in his new post – he used to be so good at standing up to lobbyists.
After being in place for almost three years the Union for the MED, invented by President Sarkozy to intensify the cooperation around the Mediterranean, has not been able to produce any visible results except putting in place a Secretariat in Barcelona and organise ministerial and official meetings. Energy and water were supposed to be among… » read more
Everybody interested in the survival of the planet should pin his eyes and ears on Washington, April 26th. On that day a bi-partisan group of senators will release a new climate bill amending the 2009 House bill that had no chance to pass the Senate due to adamant resistance from conservative circles and States with… » read more
This story about the EU 2020 climate targets was published by EurActiv on 16th April 2010. Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said the EU has failed to convince the developing world that it is serious about global warming. Speaking in an unusually candid manner during… » read more
As the University of East Anglia publishes its report in an attempt to exonerate itself from Climategate, the problem remains: researchers should not be doing policy. The reputation of research and the role of evidence in the decision-making process has suffered badly.
Not everything has become dark on the climate front after the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Talks three months ago. In procedural terms, the Mexican hosts of the Cancun meeting in November/December have multiplied their contacts with main players to insure a more successful outcome. But more important, there many signs that the business,… » read more
Climate change now ranks only third amongst the issues that Europeans consider to be the world’s most serious problem. The most serious global Issue is seen as ‘poverty, the lack of food and drinking water’ with the global economic downturn now ranking second. The Eurobarometer survey of Europeans’ attitudes towards climate change showed that in… » read more