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Better assessment of the environmental impacts of wind farms is needed, according to a new US study undertaken by the National Research Council for the American Congress. Wind energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions but strong growth of wind parks could become a danger for some bat and bird species. The American Wind Energy Association… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In Bangkok, climate change scientists and country delegates have reached on deal on the third IPCC report for this year. The 35-page report describes the urgent actions needed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to acceptable levels and the costs this would incur on the global economy. More in International Herald Tribune and CNN.… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

As scientists are witnessing signs of accelerating climate change (see BBC News “Arctic melt faster than forecast“), it becomes more and more questionable whether our political and economic elites will be structurally able to deal with this challenge. Even if some of them are now able to think in terms of the “inconvenient truth”, there… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The joint declaration on energy security, efficiency and climate change issued at the end of the EU-US summit cannot hide the fact that the Bush administration remains unconvinced by Mrs Merkel’s and President Barroso’s arguments and targets for climate change mitigation. In the same day as the signing of this EU-US diplomatic agreement, American government… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Germany’s environment minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a new 8-point plan to reduce his country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2020 (compared to 1990). Energy efficiency, renewables, modernising coal and gas power plants and CHP (combined heat and power) are the key solutions put forward in the plan. Social-Democrat Gabriel sees no chances for a… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

While Brussels is basking in the April summer heat and citizens are out on the streets enjoying the “friendly face” of climate change, members of the European Parliament are feverishly trying to position themselves as important players on the climate policy battle field. To “co-ordinate” the parliament’s position on these issues, the MEPs decided on… » read more

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In the week from 2-6 April, the European Commission will be the centre of attention for anyone monitoring climate change policies, as the IPCC’s second 2007 Assessment Report will be presented to the press at the end of this week. But before that, government delegates will make sure all the hard-hitting edges of the report… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With the latest IPCC report behind us, there seems to be little doubt that the scientific debate is over and that it is now up to political, business and NGO leaders to come up with real actions instead of slogans. But do they already understand how radical the needed reforms will be and if they… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer