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Nov 17, 2011

World must keep focus on climate risk: Gerard Wynn

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising temperatures are driving more frequent bouts of extreme weather which governments should heed with climate action even as the world economy teeters.

Global carbon emissions rose by a record amount last year rebounding on the heels of recession, showing the problem remains even when economies plummet.

Nov 14, 2011

EU biofuels industry in denial over CO2 error-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The European Union wants
bio-energy use to rise by more than half by 2020 arguing that
the energy source is carbon neutral: the trouble is it isn’t,
and the target should in fact be scrapped.

Such a move would face huge opposition from farming,
forestry and energy lobbies and slow or reverse a multi-billion
-euro bio-energy industry in Europe.

Oct 14, 2011

Climate benefits of population curbs merit review-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Voluntary curbs on population
through improved education could ease poverty and environmental
pressures including carbon emissions but is ignored politically
as the world passes 7 billion people because of long-standing
taboos.

Discussion of fertility rates is unpalatable to religious
institutions, for example opposed to contraception, and is often
viewed as a private matter by conservative governments.

Oct 12, 2011

EU must take long look at bio-energy CO2 emissions-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The European Union’s efforts to
establish the full carbon emissions from burning bio-energy is
an all but impossible task which illustrates the difficulty of
trying to cut humankind’s environmental impact, which first has
to be measured.

The complexity of trying to link energy crops including corn
for ethanol on one side of the planet with carbon emissions on
the other is a tangled web of cause and effects which might
recall an equation in atmospheric physics.

Oct 7, 2011

EU court case nudges world towards carbon tariffs

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union took a step closer on Thursday to limiting world airline carbon emissions, which may point towards wider border measures against high-carbon industries and countries given a void in international climate action.

The EU is the first jurisdiction to try and limit carbon emissions beyond its own borders, acting to shield the competitiveness of domestic airlines from participation in its own emissions trading scheme from next year.

Oct 6, 2011

EU court case nudges world towards carbon tariffs-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The European Union took a step
closer on Thursday to limiting world airline carbon emissions,
which may point towards wider border measures against
high-carbon industries and countries given a void in
international climate action.

The EU is the first jurisdiction to try and limit carbon
emissions beyond its own borders, acting to shield the
competitiveness of domestic airlines from participation in its
own emissions trading scheme from next year.

Oct 5, 2011

Falling EU carbon prices reflect political doubts-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – European carbon permits, shorn of
fundamental drivers, have become a bet on recession and the
psychology of players including distressed polluters and
European Commission officials.

Prices have gradually neared levels seen in the 2009
recession and are down nearly 30 percent year-to-date,
under-performing almost all commodities.

Sep 30, 2011

Raising UK speed limits sends wrong signal-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s plan to raise speed
limits will make little difference to emissions but is
incompatible with setting demanding climate targets and
contradicts the government’s own advice.

The government’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced on
Friday that it wanted to raise the top limit on open roads to 80
miles per hour from 70 mph.

Sep 29, 2011

Climate aid progress may end Kyoto rancour -Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks resume in
Panama next week but expect more action in Cape Town 10 days
later, where an informal panel will quietly agree the outlines
of a climate fund which could surpass lending by the World Bank.

Climate investors are taking an interest in the fund, which
has no money, reflecting the fate of a shrinking market in
carbon offsets which is now a rump of its size four years ago.

Sep 28, 2011

Slowing jet stream shows risk from warming Arctic – Gerard Wynn

LONDON (Reuters) – A new, unpublished finding that the polar “jet stream” is slowing down provides compelling evidence of a link between rapidly melting Arctic sea ice and colder winters across the northern hemisphere and other extreme weather.

The possibility of far flung impacts from a rapidly warming Arctic underlines the danger of unpredictable, economically disruptive knock-on effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions.

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      "Based in London, for four years I have helped coordinate Reuters global coverage of green business and environmental markets. I focus on policies and investment related to renewable energy, carbon markets, energy efficiency and emerging clean technologies including electric cars. I also cover UN climate negotiations, biodiversity, land use and climate science. Previously I covered distressed M&A and credit markets on the corporate finance desk."
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