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Nov 11, 2012

UK won’t get EU cash for renewable scheme: EU sources

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will not get any European Union funding under the first round of a subsidy scheme for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects because it has failed to provide the required financing guarantees, EU sources said on Sunday.

CCS technology captures carbon emissions from power plants before they enter the atmosphere and then stores them in long-term storage sites.

Nov 9, 2012

EU sees progress on UN airline emissions deal

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The European Union
welcomed on Friday progress made by the U.N.’s civil aviation
body toward a global deal to cut carbon emissions from the
sector, raising hopes that the bloc may stand down from applying
its controversial law that forces all airlines to pay for their
pollution.

The governing council of the U.N.’s International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO), based in Montreal, discussed on
Friday how it could deliver a global approach to tackling
airline emissions.

Nov 9, 2012

48 hours in Annecy, France

ANNECY, France (Reuters) – Surrounded by mountains and healthy-looking people, Lake Annecy is a smaller French version of Switzerland’s vast Lake Geneva.

In the winter, the fortunate local residents ski. In all seasons, they climb the peaks, cycle around and swim in their glorious lake.

Nov 9, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Annecy, France

ANNECY, France, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Surrounded by mountains
and healthy-looking people, Lake Annecy is a smaller French
version of Switzerland’s vast Lake Geneva.

In the winter, the fortunate local residents ski. In all
seasons, they climb the peaks, cycle around and swim in their
glorious lake.

Nov 8, 2012

More EU words than deeds for ailing carmakers

BRUSSELS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Europe’s industry boss said
there were limits to what he could do to prop up the region’s
ailing carmakers, a crucial part of the economy.

Carmakers in the region have closed factories and shed
thousands of jobs as the economic downturn erodes demand.

Nov 8, 2012

EU industry boss offers more words than deeds for car sector

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s industry boss on Thursday pledged urgent, coordinated action to prop up the region’s ailing carmakers, but critics said the strategy lacked substance.

The European Union’s car sector has shed thousands of jobs as the economic downturn has eroded demand and forced plant closures.

Nov 7, 2012

EU law seeks to ban planet-warming F-gases

BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – F-gases, a potent source of
global warming used in refrigeration, should be banned from new
equipment as part of a progressive phase-out, draft European
Commission proposals said.

The draft, published on Wednesday, confirmed comment by
Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Tuesday on the need for
a drastic cut.

Nov 7, 2012

gases in fridges, air-con must be phased out -draft EU law

BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – F-gases, a potent source of
global warming used in refrigeration, should be banned from new
equipment as part of a progressive phase-out, draft European
Commission proposals said.

The draft, published on Wednesday, confirmed comment by
Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Tuesday on the need for
a drastic cut.

Nov 6, 2012

Cooling gases must fall to curb global warming

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – F-gases, used in refrigeration and linked with high levels of global warming, need to be cut substantially by 2030, Europe’s climate boss said on Tuesday.

She added that she would be pushing for a global plan on cutting fluorinated gases at U.N. climate change talks in Doha beginning later this month.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. airlines brace to lobby new president on EU row

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines, through industry group A4A, will lobby the United States’ new president as soon as he takes office on an issue that has triggered threats of a trade war.

All year, an international row has raged over the European Union’s decision to include all airlines using its airports in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), designed to curb planet-warming pollution.