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Last week saw two very interesting stories: The Australian government of Kevin Rudd presented its Green Paper on a possible greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. Australia wants to have its “Carbon Pollution Reduction scheme” (a better name than the EU’s ETS)  started by 2010. It will cover around 1000 companies in the energy sector, transport… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The so-called “leaders” of the eight biggest economies have done it again: glorious declarations with little substance in a diplomatic language which allows all of them to spin their “global” commitment and responsibility. Not only were there no concrete mid-term targets set but the 50% reduction promise has no binding character, lacks any base reference… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

As G-8 leaders start their 3-day talking circus on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, four new reports confirm that our race towards economic and ecological collapse continues at an increasing speed: The Australian government published its long-awaited Garnaut report (over 500 pages), sort of a Stern report for the country down under. Economist Garnaut’s (not… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The future of tourism in an age of climate change was the subject of an exciting conference organised by the Greens in the European Parliament on 3 July. How can the global tourism industry be greened and which countries will be the winners and losers from global warming in terms of tourism? The growth of… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer