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  • The Angry Mermaid Strikes Back

    All the news reports this morning are that a deal at Copenhagen is dead. Barack Obama has said that we had run out of time to secure a deal in December. This will please the corporate lobbyists no end.  The longer they can delay action on climate the better. But now Copenhagen’s iconic mermaid is...
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  • Airlines Preempt Copenhagen by Pledging to Halve CO2

    As bold PR moves go – and this is bold – amongst the politicians making promises today at the UN Climate Summit, the CEO of British Airways, Willie Walsh will make a dramatic pledge to cut global aviation emissions to 50 per cent of 2005 levels by 2050. Like a snake oil salesman bearing gifts...
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  • UK Outlines Flawed “Low Carbon Transition Plan”

    After twelve years in power the British Labour government yesterday outlined what it has deemed a “low carbon transition plan”. Coopting language from the growing Transition Town movement is a crafty tactic by the British government that is promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 with 80% cut by 2050. Let’s get...
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  • Carbon Offsetting is “Fundamentally Flawed”

    As the pressure for an international deal grows in Copenhagen, one of the corner-stones of any solution will be carbon offsetting, where rich, polluting countries supposedly offset their rising emissions by investing in  “clean” projects in developing countries. Off-setting will be high on the agenda at the next round of climate talks in Bonn this...
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  • UK Watchdog Warns About Carbon Trading

    The fast-growing market in carbon dioxide emissions poses risks that could threaten other commodities markets, the British Financial Services Authority has warned. The watchdog said problems including investors being sold unsuitable products, confusion over the regulation of emissions traders, and insufficient official data created risks to both the fledgling global emissions markets and to related...
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  • Carbon Offsets: “a heightened potential for deception”

    The US Federal Trade Commission, which regulates advertising in the US, is investigating America’s burgeoning carbon offset market and whether it is subject to greenwashing and misleading advertising. Companies and shoppers in the US spent over $54 million last year on offset credits toward tree planting, wind farms, solar plants and other projects. As more...
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  • Bali: Hot Air and Hypocrisy ..

    Great analysis on the Bali conference from Charles Clover, the environment correspondent from the UK right-wing Telegraph, which we reprint in full: “As an exhibition of hypocrisy, the UN climate change conference in Bali takes some beating. The Indonesian President Yudhoyono is there, playing delegates the video of a song he wrote about saving the...
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  • Bali: Forest Deal on Table

    A “breakthrough” on deforestation is set to be the first success of the UN climate talks in Bali. Diplomats are said to be confident that the “road map” to a new climate-change treaty would contain a crucial reference to forests. That would be an important first for a sector omitted from the Kyoto Protocol. Deforestation...
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  • Dell Goes “Carbon-Neutral” but Read the Small-print

    Computer giant Dell has announced that the company will go “carbon-neutral” next year, using a mix of energy efficiency upgrades, renewable power purchases and carbon offsets to compensate for the carbon dioxide emissions caused by its operations. The company plans to neutralize its emissions stemming from Dell-owned and Dell-leased buildings and manufacturing facilities, as well...
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  • Zero Carbon Nation

    Britain could cut carbon emissions to zero in 20 years but only if people accept a virtual end to air travel and stop using fuel-driven cars, a report by the Centre for Alternative Technology argues Meat would also need to disappear off many menus and an “armada” of wind turbines built around the coast to...
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