LONDON (Reuters) – Failure by the European Union to soften a law to charge foreign airlines for their emissions will make an international trade war unavoidable, a German lawmaker steering the plan through the European Parliament said on Wednesday.
A law passed in 2009 charged all airlines for emissions for the full duration of their flights into and out of the bloc, but it was suspended last year amid complaints from countries including the United States, China and Russia and replaced with a scheme that applied only to routes wholly within the EU.
WARSAW (Reuters) – International negotiations on how to set up new carbon markets to cut greenhouse gas levels broke down over the weekend in Warsaw, sources said, after developing nations refused to progress the issue before rich nations increase efforts to cut their own emissions.
More than 9,000 delegates from almost 200 countries are gathered in the Polish capital for November 11-22 United Nations-sponsored meetings aimed at forging by 2015 a new treaty to fight climate change, which would enter into force after 2020.
OSLO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The European Union and the United
States opposed on Friday a call by developing countries to
measure each nation’s historical responsibility for global
warming to guide a U.N. deal in 2015 to cut future greenhouse
Rich nations fear that any scientific study that might blame
rich nations most since they have burnt fossil fuels since the
Industrial Revolution could further delay sluggish U.N. talks.
WARSAW/TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Friday drastically weakened its greenhouse-gas reduction target, bowing to the impact of a shuttered nuclear power industry but drawing international criticism at U.N. climate change talks.
The change in the carbon dioxide-emissions goal is a dramatic turnaround for a nation that had championed the earlier Kyoto treaty on climate change. But it was made inevitable when the nation’s 50 nuclear plants were closed in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which wrecked the Fukushima facility northeast of Tokyo.
Warsaw (Reuters) – Governments want to launch a platform at United Nations climate talks to help set common standards and accounting rules and tie together national and regional emissions trading schemes, but developing countries and green groups warned that talk of a global carbon market is premature.
Almost 200 nations are in Poland for a November 11-22 meeting to plan a 2015 U.N. deal in Paris that would start to tackle climate change in 2021.
WARSAW, Nov 13 (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest
since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by
climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.
More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer
future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO
Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov.
11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.
WARSAW (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 with a trend to weather extremes and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.
A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.
WARSAW (Reuters) – The Philippine delegate at U.N. climate talks began a fast on Monday in protest at a lack of action on global warming that he blamed for fuelling a super typhoon that has killed an estimated 10,000 people in his country.
Delegates from almost 200 nations held three minutes’ silence to mourn victims of typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, at the start of November 11-22 talks to plan a U.N. deal in 2015 to slow climate change.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – European Union diplomats
on Friday agreed to begin talks on a legal text to slash permit
supply and prop up carbon prices in the bloc’s Emissions Trading
Scheme (ETS), marking a big step forward for the divisive
Lithuania, current holder of the EU presidency, said member
states would start three-way negotiations with the European
Parliament and European Commission over the “backloading” plan.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – EU diplomats on Friday agreed to begin talks on a legal text to slash permit supply and prop up carbon prices in the bloc’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), marking a big step forward for the divisive proposal.
EU president Lithuania said member state officials would start negotiations with the European Parliament and the executive European Commission over the “backloading” plan, which seeks to delay the sale of 900 million carbon permits until later this decade.