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New York has taken up London’s challenge to become one of the world’s greenest cities by 2030. On 22 April, mayor Michael Bloomberg is to announce a plan for “sustainable” growth, calling for reductions of 30 percent in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (see Earth Times). A preparatory study showed that the Big Apple emits… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Let me make a few things clear before writing this post. First, I love pop music and I normally love free music concerts. Secondly, as most of you know, I am not a climate sceptic and therefore the following views are not inspired, as some of the other critics on the web on this issue,… » read more

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The second of the 2007 IPCC reports on global warming has shown two things: that scientists and politicians will clash even more in the future as the academic experts will get more worried about the pace of climate change and the slowness of political reactions; that the world will have to choose between an unprecedented… » read more

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US NGO Environmental Defense has published an interesting report comparing policies on chemical substances in Canada, the United States and the European Union. It seems the EU’s REACH directive is already having an impact on other economic regions, but the report with the title “Not that innocent” also indicates where REACH could still learn from… » read more

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International institutions continue to wrestle with the challenges of climate change and energy security. In Brussels, government delegates and scientists have worked the whole night to find a compromise on the second report of the 2007 IPCC report on climate change. A press conference will be held later today. The New York Times has a… » read more

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With all the recent fuss over green and less green cars for Commissioners, a few tips might give them some ideas: Honda and Toyota top the list of “greenest” automakers published by the American Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) on 3 April. But, then again, European car producers have promised that their “integrated approach” will… » read more

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The biggest news came out of the US, where the Supreme Court dealt a heavy blow to President Bush’s climate change policy. The Court’s verdict that the US Environmental Protection Agency can regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act was hailed by environmentalists and heavily criticised by the American car manufacturers. See the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

As I was listening this morning to the opening speeches of the IPCC Working Group II meeting in Brussels, I started wondering whether we really need these international climate meetings to tackle global warming. Of course, I understand that, if we ever want to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and have any chance of… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

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