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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

Posted by Willy De Backer

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

Posted by Willy De Backer

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

Posted by Willy De Backer

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

Posted by Willy De Backer

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

A new US Congress report has taken a close look at “peak oil” and concluded that the US government has no strategy in place to minimise the economic consequences of reaching the maximum level of oil production. At least, the Americans politiians are studying the possible implications of peak oil which is more than can… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With a new Green Paper, the European Commission has started a debate on the use of market-based instruments such as eco-taxes to reach its climate change and energy security targets. One of the objectives is to convince EU member states to shift taxation burdens from labour unto the environment and energy. But as taxation decisions… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Moratorium on biofuels?

George Monbiot argues on his Guardian blog today that there should be a five-year freeze on the use of biofuels for transport. Pointing to the environmental and social effects of first-generation biofuels production in developing countries, Monbiot makes the case for a moratorium “on all targets and incentives for biofuels, until a second generation of… » read more

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