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Sep 23, 2015

Flawed EU engine tests caught in Volkswagen headlights

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – The outing of Volkswagen as a U.S. emissions test cheat has cast an unflattering light on regulatory failings closer to home, adding momentum to a push underway to close gaping European loopholes.

Environmental groups such as the International Council on Clean Transportation, which first spotted VW’s diesel trickery, have warned for years that tests are being “gamed” by the industry – a view now broadly shared by the European Commission.

Sep 23, 2015

Flawed EU engine tests caught in VW headlights

BRUSSELS/PARIS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The outing of Volkswagen
as a U.S. emissions test cheat has cast an
unflattering light on regulatory failings closer to home, adding
momentum to a push underway to close gaping European loopholes.

Environmental groups such as the International Council on
Clean Transportation, which first spotted VW’s diesel trickery,
have warned for years that tests are being “gamed” by the
industry – a view now broadly shared by the European Commission.

Sep 22, 2015

Europe must embrace CO2 hubs, straddling borders -industry group

LUXEMBOURG, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Creating European hubs to
capture and store carbon dioxide would be the cheapest route to
low-carbon energy and the only way for some industries to cut
their emissions, industry and government officials say.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has failed so
far in Europe to draw enough investment.

Sep 21, 2015

Luxembourg says cannot tackle ‘fuel pump tourism’ yet

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Luxembourg will not consider changing its fuel pricing system that opponents say amounts to a big fossil fuel subsidy until after global climate talks in Paris later this year, the nation’s environment minister said on Monday.

Environment campaigners say cheap fuel encourages waste and increases emissions, while boosting Luxembourg’s revenue, as haulage firms deliberately plan their routes via the country.

Sep 18, 2015

EU ministers unite on climate mandate ahead of Paris summit

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – EU ministers on Friday
finalised what they said was a tough negotiating position for
U.N. climate talks later this year after overcoming objections
from coal-reliant Poland.

Poland’s elections next month complicated the debate as the
right-wing Law and Justice party has been campaigning on a
promise to resist EU environment law and protect the coal
industry.

Sep 17, 2015

Polish elections complicate EU quest for Paris climate stance

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Looming parliamentary elections in coal-dependent Poland will bedevil European Union efforts on Friday to agree a strong position for a global deal to tackle climate change.

EU environment ministers meet in Brussels on Friday to finalize the bloc’s negotiating position for a U.N. climate summit in Paris starting at the end of November.

Sep 16, 2015

Briton put at helm of European Parliament’s carbon debate

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A British Conservative was picked on Wednesday to steer a major piece of climate law through the European Parliament, after deputies steered clear of Polish candidates opposed to carbon trading reforms that would penalize their coal-reliant country.

Carbon market analysts said Ian Duncan was preferable to rivals from Poland’s Law and Justice party, which has threatened to pull Poland from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) if it wins an October election.

Sep 15, 2015

Global climate change pledges will not be enough: U.N

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – National promises to cut emissions as part of preparations for a United Nations summit at the end of the year would cap global warming at the unacceptably high level of 3 degrees Celsius, the U.N.’s climate boss said on Tuesday.

The talks in Paris, starting on Nov. 30, will seek a global deal to curb warming, which scientists say needs to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) to avoid the most devastating consequences in the form of droughts and rising sea levels.

Sep 14, 2015

Rich world struggles to resolve row over coal subsidies

BRUSSELS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Rich nations are stubbornly
divided ahead of talks in Paris on Thursday to seek a deal to
phase out coal subsidies in a foretaste of the difficulty of
agreeing on action to curb global warming at a U.N. summit later
this year.

France, host of the U.N. climate summit, has piled on the
political pressure to restrict a type of subsidy that helps
nations export technology for power generation from coal, the
most polluting of the fossil fuels.

Sep 8, 2015

Record-breaking London show makes light of migrant crisis

LONDON (Reuters) – One of London’s most exclusive enclaves provides the unlikely setting for the world’s longest-running live satire show, which thrives on bad news and is rarely short of material.

The current fare of NewsRevue at Little Venice’s Canal Cafe Theatre includes paedophilia scandals and the Syrian civil war.