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India No. three carbon emitter

India’s environment minister said on Monday the country could not have high economic growth and a rapid rise in carbon emissions now that the nation was the number three emitter after China and the United States. Jairam Ramesh’s comments come

UK won’t use recession to meet emission cut goals

Britain will not rely on the carbon dioxide emissions reductions made due to a weaker economy to meet its climate targets, Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said on Thursday. Britain is set to over-achieve on its so-called

Next 40 years key for climate change

World leaders should focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible over the next 40 years to avoid perilous warming conditions, researchers said Monday. In the first study of its kind, analysts used a detailed energy system model

Germany sticking to ambitious CO2 target

Germany will stick to a more ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 even though the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen fell short of expectations, a government adviser said on Monday. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head

World must step up efforts on saving species: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged industrialized and emerging countries to invest more in protecting wildlife and said the U.N. should create a body to refine scientific arguments for saving animal and plant species. Researchers say preserving nature is crucial to

Australian government aims for 90pc car emission cuts

The Federal Government has released proposed new car emission standards which it wants to introduce from 2012. The Government says the new standards would cut pollutants from all cars in Australia by as much as 90 per cent. But the

China launches climate project with Britain, Switzerland

China has launched with Britain and Switzerland a project aimed at finding ways for the Asian giant to tackle climate change and mitigate its effects, officials said Thursday. The Adapting to Climate Change in China project will run from this

EU calls for greener windows, taps

E.U. nations on Thursday agreed that manufacturers should make an array of building products, including windows and taps, more energy-efficient, broadening out a law on green design. “Many energy-related products have a significant potential for being improved in order to

Estonia, Poland win back pollution permits in EU court

A top European court annulled Wednesday an EU attempt to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that Estonia and Poland can let heavy industry emit. The court ruled that the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, had overstepped its authority

Natural disasters displacing millions

Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new U.N. report said on Tuesday. The study tried to quantify for

World leaders vow climate action but warn tough road ahead

The leaders of China and Japan pledged Tuesday to take stronger action to fight climate change, but US President Barack Obama warned prospects for a global warming deal faced tough political realities. Leaders of some 100 nations huddled at the

China pledges climate action

World leaders tried to inject momentum into climate change talks on Tuesday but new proposals by China and a rallying cry from U.S. President Barack Obama did little to break a United Nations deadlock. Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao,

Australia overtakes US as biggest polluter

Australians have overtaken Americans as the world’s biggest individual producers of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global warming, a risk consultancy says. British firm Maplecroft placed Australia’s per capita output at 20.58 tons a year, some four percent higher

U.S. climate envoy notes “difficult” global talks

President Barack Obama’s top climate change negotiator on Thursday said international talks to cut carbon emissions were “difficult,” adding that the U.S. Senate must pass a domestic bill to fight global warming to give the talks a boost. “Let me

EU offers climate aid

The European Union outlined a scaled-back offer to help poor nations combat global warming on Thursday as some nations expressed gloom about prospects of a new U.N. climate deal in Copenhagen in December. Many experts said a summit of world

Sarkozy unveils new French carbon tax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday unveiled a new carbon tax to help combat global warming, calling it a “fiscal revolution” and overriding strong public opposition to the plan. The new levy on oil, gas and coal consumption by households