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Feb 13, 2013

Nations seen going separate ways on carbon as EU efforts falter

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Europe’s failure to
raise carbon prices enough to spur green energy use means more
nations are expected to follow the example of Britain and take
action on their own.

EU efforts in the immediate term are focused on a Feb. 19
vote in a committee of the European Parliament which will
provide the next signal of whether a plan to bolster the EU’s
Emissions Trading Scheme can proceed.

Feb 8, 2013

Study finds European cars are less green than claimed

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European car manufacturers are exploiting test loopholes to exaggerate their vehicles’ green credentials, an official European Commission study has found.

The report, which is likely to stoke already heated debate on carbon standards, found that cars are a lot less fuel-efficient and more polluting than their makers tell us.

Feb 6, 2013

EU fishing policy on course for deep reform

BRUSSELS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The European Parliament on
Wednesday overwhelmingly backed reform to end decades of
over-fishing and restore EU sea stocks to healthy levels by
2020.

The Common Fisheries Policy, which dates back to the 1970s,
is widely regarded as a failure.

Jan 30, 2013

EU executive thwarts Canada lobby on tar sand oil

BRUSSELS/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Canada’s
urgent hunt for buyers for its oil is being thwarted as the
European Commission sticks to a plan to label fuel from tar
sands deposits as highly polluting, deterring refiners bound by
environmental rules.

Intense pressure from Canada, seeking new markets to
compensate for dwindling U.S. buying and discounted sales, has
not convinced the EU executive to abandon its proposal to brand
tar sands oil as more carbon-intensive than conventional crude.

Jan 25, 2013

Some bee-harming pesticides could face ban: EU Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is considering law to ban pesticides linked to the decline of bees, a spokesman said on Friday.

A report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) earlier this month said three widely-used pesticides made by Switzerland’s Syngenta and Germany’s Bayer posed an acute risk to honeybees.

Jan 25, 2013

48 hours at the top of Europe

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – The Virgin, the Monk, and the Ogre – in German, the Jungfrau, the Moench and the Eiger – are three classic Swiss mountains that for centuries have drawn artists, thrill-seekers and tourists.

For a weekend tripper, the big lure is the railway to Europe’s highest railway station at Jungfraujoch (3,454 metres above sea level), which in 2012 celebrated its centenary. It means that even the unfit can make it through walls of rock and ice to extreme mountain terrain and year-round snow with the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jan 25, 2013

Travel Postcard: 48 hours at the top of Europe

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – The Virgin, the Monk, and the Ogre – in German, the Jungfrau, the Moench and the Eiger – are three classic Swiss mountains that for centuries have drawn artists, thrill-seekers and tourists.

For a weekend tripper, the big lure is the railway to Europe’s highest railway station at Jungfraujoch (3,454 meters above sea level), which in 2012 celebrated its centenary. It means that even the unfit can make it through walls of rock and ice to extreme mountain terrain and year-round snow with the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jan 24, 2013

EU’s carbon market plunges 40 percent after backloading vote

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – European Union carbon prices collapsed 40 percent to a fresh record low on Thursday after politicians opposed plans to prop up the market, raising concerns prices could soon slump to zero, likely signaling the death of the market.

Prices in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) collapsed to 2.81 euros a metric ton (1.1023 tons) after a vote in the European Parliament’s energy and industry committee opposing a scheme known as “backloading” to support prices by extracting allowances from the market and reinjecting them later.

Jan 22, 2013

wide policy at risk from CO2 market slump -Hedegaard

BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The European Union’s Emissions
Trading Scheme will collapse and give way to “a patchwork” of
national plans unless the bloc can agree to an emergency rescue
plan, the EU climate chief said late on Tuesday.

The value of allowances on the EU ETS dived to an all-time
low below 5 euros ($6.64) a tonne on Monday before
recovering slightly on Tuesday.

Jan 22, 2013

EU carbon law hands airlines a windfall

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Airlines could have already made up to 1.36 billion euros in windfall profits from an EU law that forces them to pay for carbon emissions, a study by a Dutch consultancy said on Tuesday.

International fury at the law led the European Commission in November to freeze it for a year for intercontinental traffic to give a U.N. aviation body another chance to agree on an alternative global plan to curb airline emissions.