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Feb 13, 2012

EU aviation carbon tax fuels concerns

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global planemaker Airbus joined a chorus of concern that a European scheme to charge airlines for carbon emissions risks triggering a full-blown trade war, with implications for plane deals and even Europe’s crippling sovereign debt crisis.

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), introduced on January 1, has drawn howls of protest from airlines around the world, with China banning its carriers from taking part.

Feb 13, 2012

EU aviation carbon tax fuels concerns, may go to U.N

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global planemaker Airbus joined a chorus of concern that a European scheme to charge airlines for carbon emissions risks triggering a full-blown trade war, with implications for plane deals and even Europe’s crippling sovereign debt crisis.

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme ETS.L, introduced on January 1, has drawn howls of protest from airlines around the world, with China banning its carriers from taking part.

Feb 13, 2012

EU aviation carbon tax fuels concerns, may go

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global planemaker Airbus joined a chorus of concern that a European scheme to charge airlines for carbon emissions risks triggering a full-blown trade war, with implications for plane deals and even Europe’s crippling sovereign debt crisis.

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), introduced on January 1, has drawn howls of protest from airlines around the world, with China banning its carriers from taking part.

Feb 13, 2012

EU won’t drop aviation CO2 scheme

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union will not bow to pressure to suspend a controversial scheme to charge airlines for their carbon emissions, but is willing to be flexible in finding a solution to a row that threatens to escalate into a full-blown trade war.

The introduction on January 1 of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has drawn howls of protest from airlines around the world, with China banning its carriers from taking part.

Feb 13, 2012

EU won’t drop aviation CO2 scheme, flexible on resolving row

SINGAPORE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The European Union will
not bow to pressure to suspend a controversial scheme to charge
airlines for their carbon emissions, but is willing to be
flexible in finding a solution to a row that threatens to
escalate into a full-blown trade war.

The introduction on Jan. 1 of the European Union’s Emissions
Trading Scheme (ETS) has drawn howls of protest from airlines
around the world, with China banning its carriers from taking
part.

Feb 8, 2012

Scientists melt mystery over icecaps and sea levels

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. scientists using satellite data have established a more accurate figure of the amount of annual sea level rise from melting glaciers and ice caps which should aid studies on how quickly coastal areas may flood as global warming gathers pace.

John Wahr of the University of Colorado in Boulder and colleagues, in a study published on Thursday, found that thinning glaciers and icecaps were pushing up sea levels by 1.5 millimeters (0.06 inches) a year, in line with a 1.2 to 1.8 mm range from other studies, some of which forecast sea levels could rise as much as 2 meters (2.2 yards) by 2100.

Jan 29, 2012

Extreme heat hurts wheat yields as world warms: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Extreme heat can cause wheat crops to age faster and reduce yields, a U.S.-led study shows, underscoring the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population as the world warms.

Scientists and farmers have long known that high heat can hurt some crops and the Stanford University-led study, released on Monday, revealed how the damage is done by tracking rates of wheat ageing, or senescence.

Jan 27, 2012

Singapore raises sea defenses against tide of climate

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A 15-km (10 mile) stretch of crisp white beach is one of the key battlegrounds in Singapore’s campaign to defend its hard-won territory against rising sea levels linked to climate change.

Stone breakwaters are being enlarged on the low-lying island state’s man-made east coast and their heights raised. Barges carrying imported sand top up the beach, which is regularly breached by high tides.

Jan 27, 2012

Singapore raises sea defences against tide of climate change

SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A 15-km (10 mile)
stretch of crisp white beach is one of the key battlegrounds in
Singapore’s campaign to defend its hard-won territory against
rising sea levels linked to climate change.

Stone breakwaters are being enlarged on the low-lying island
state’s man-made east coast and their heights raised. Barges
carrying imported sand top up the beach, which is regularly
breached by high tides.

Jan 13, 2012

Warmer summers cause colder winters, scientists say

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Warmer summers in the far Northern Hemisphere are disrupting weather patterns and triggering more severe winter weather in the United States and Europe, a team of scientists say, in a finding that could improve long-range weather forecasts.

Blizzards and extreme cold temperatures in the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11 caused widespread travel chaos in parts of Europe and the United States, leading some to question whether global warming was real.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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