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The Institute for European Environmental Policy has published a new report showing the link between car use, climate change and obesity. The report (paid for by Greenpeace) recommends to promote walking and banning cars around schools. More on this in the BBC News. A remarkable story in Business Intelligence Middle East: according to the IEA,… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

US President Bush has sent a letter to 15 governments plus the EU and the United Nations inviting them to meet on 27-28 September in Washington to discuss future climate change and global energy policies. More on this in the Telegraph and New York Times. The obvious cynical reaction of anyone worried about climate change and energy… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The news that Russia has planted its national flag on one of the oil-and-gas-rich areas of the Arctic received lots of coverage in the media and the blogs yesterday. Ironically, thanks to global warming, prospecting and potential exploration of the Arctic has become much more attractive to the countries surrounding the polar area and is… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Last week, the US Department of State submitted its Fourth Climate Action Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The report shows that in 2004 US greenhouse gas emissions were 15.8% above 1990 levels. It also admits that, although GHG intensity has declined, total gross emissions continue to increase. DeSmogBlog as well… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

For all the political rhetoric about the urgency to fight climate change, political and economic elites still do not seem to understand the full ramifications of our global crisis. This is illustrated once more by the revolt of six “new” EU member states (Latvia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia) against the Commission’s… » read more

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On Friday 3 August, US House members will vote on two legislative proposals which aim at reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil by stimulating the use of renewables. The energy package consists of: the House Energy Bill, HR 3221, a nearly 800 pages policy document summarised as ” a bill moving the United States toward… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer