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Airlines fear failure of global climate talks

Agence France-Presse: Major airlines warned on Wednesday that failure to agree a global approach to emissions trading in climate change talks could hurt their industry by leading to increased taxes and regulation. "I think Copenhagen is very important for the airline industry, we must play our part," British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said at a conference in Geneva, referring to the UN’s climate change talks in Copenhagen in December. "If we don’t see progress at Copenhagen, I think the …

United Kingdom: Green buildings pulling in premium rents

Business Green: There is a clear correlation between those buildings that boast a high Energy Star rating and those commanding rental premiums, according to a new study of US commercial properties that backs up anecdotal evidence suggesting firms are willing to pay more for energy efficient properties. The study, commissioned by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and carried out by researchers from Maastricht University and the University of California, Berkeley, is thought to be the …

Rich urged to make deeper CO2 cuts

Reuters: China, India and other developing nations joined forces on Wednesday to urge rich countries to make far deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than planned by 2020 to slow global warming. Many developing states at 175-country talks in Bonn, working on a new U.N. climate pact, urged the rich to cut emissions by "at least 40 percent" below 1990 levels by 2020 to confront what they said were worsening signs of climate change. The calls, part of negotiations on a new U.N. climate …

United Kingdom: Tesco invites customers to dump unnecessary packaging

Business Green: Tesco has today announced plans for a trial scheme that will effectively encourage customers to leave unwanted and excessive packaging at the check out. Mirroring the high profile Women’s Institute campaign launched back in 2005, which asked shoppers to leave packaging they regarded as unnecessary in store, the pilot scheme will be undertaken for six weeks at Tesco Extra stores in Guildford and Ilminster. Tesco said the trial would form part of a wider research project designed …

EU says U.S. emission plan to help in climate deal

Reuters: The European Union’s executive arm welcomed on Wednesday a new U.S. plan on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, saying the proposal would facilitate a global deal late this year on fighting climate change. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives launched a sweeping effort on Tuesday to control emissions of gases blamed for global warming and at the same time help industries that will struggle to meet the proposed environmental requirements. "We welcome this. It is really …

Australia urges new phase for climate talks

Agence France-Presse: Australia’s climate negotiator is urging nations to show their cards at ongoing Bonn talks, warning the fight against global warming will falter unless governments commit to clear — but realistic — goals. Climate Minister Penny Wong visited Washington, where she welcomed US President Barack Obama’s push on global warming along with new legislation introduced in Congress on curbing carbon emissions. In an interview with AFP late Tuesday, Wong said the talks in Bonn — part of …

Calif. standard could lead way on fuel economy

Detroit Free Press: Future federal fuel-economy standards would have to match the global-warming gas reductions of California’s controversial limits on cars and trucks under a draft energy and climate-change bill unveiled Monday by House Democrats. The bill, spearheaded by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., would also preserve California’s power to set new standards on vehicle emissions — a key contention for automakers and dealers pressing for a single national …

United Kingdom: Protests at ‘cradle of the crunch’

Independent: Some will dress as clowns, others will wear masks, some will even be carrying their own environmentally friendly compost lavatories. But all are intent on bringing chaos to London. After days of speculation and intensive planning, central London is bracing itself for 48 hours of protests and chaos as thousands of demonstrators from a plethora of different causes descend upon the city for the start of the G20 meeting of world leaders. Anti-capitalists, social justice groups, …

Indonesia should drop forest carbon credit plan: Greenpeace

Agence France-Presse: Environmental group Greenpeace called on Indonesia Wednesday to drop plans to tackle global climate change with credits for preserving forests, saying the measure could destroy carbon markets. The Southeast Asian nation, a key backer of "avoided deforestation" measures that would award tradeable carbon credits for conservation, should abandon the plan in favour of funds to preserve forests, campaigner Bustar Maitar said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should use meetings on …

Air industry chiefs call for global emissions deal

Reuters: Aviation leaders called on Monday for a global carbon emissions scheme for their industry, arguing that an emerging patchwork of regional and national systems could bring more, not less, environmental damage. The call, from airlines, plane and engine manufacturers, air traffic control organizations and airports, was twinned with a pledge to push ahead rapidly to achieve widespread use of biofuels on commercial flights. Delegates at a two-day "Aviation and Environment" …