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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.

Jan 21, 2013

EU carbon law hands airlines a windfall -study

BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Airlines could have already
made up to 1.36 billion euros ($1.9 billion) 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.

Jan 18, 2013

European politicians brace for clash on car CO2 law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union politicians are sharply divided between those keen for ambitious green car standards they say are needed to keep up with U.S. goals and those trying to limit the impact on makers of big luxury cars, draft reports show.

The European Parliament next week debates Commission plans to enforce lower emissions standards for cars and vans as part of efforts to thrash out new EU law.

Jan 15, 2013

EU to enforce green coolant law for cars

BRUSSELS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
seek to prosecute nations that flout a new EU law requiring use
of an environmentally friendly coolant in vehicle
air-conditioning, which Daimler AG says is dangerous.

From the start of January, EU law has demanded the phase-in
of a refrigerant with a relatively low level of greenhouse
gases, instead of a previous industry standard that has
planet-warming power more than one thousand times that of carbon
dioxide.

Jan 11, 2013

EU to revive debate on minimum energy tax levels

BRUSSELS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – EU officials are to debate a
new set of tax proposals to promote clean fuel and erode fiscal
advantages that have made diesel relatively cheap, a document
seen by Reuters showed.

The Commission has long been seeking to change energy
taxation, but some member states have repeatedly thwarted
progress and are likely to continue to do so.