U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollutionReuters | 15 Jun 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed stricter standards to control harmful soot from heavy industry on Friday, a move expected to save lives but which drew criticism from Republicans and industry worried the costs of compliance will hurt the economy.
Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energyReuters | 15 Jun 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's emissions trading scheme has failed to create incentives for utilities to use cleaner energy fuels, meaning that governments will have to switch to simpler tools, such as subsidies and regulation, to enforce emissions reduction targets.
Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon taxReuters | 15 Jun 2012
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will levy a controversial carbon tax on about half the number of companies originally expected, a government list released on Friday shows, which may limit the economic and political impact of the tax which starts on July 1.
Africa: Can Rio+20 Create a Climate of Change for Poor Communities?AllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[AlertNet] Climate change is often described in numbers - degrees of temperature rise, metric tonnes of carbon emissions. These numbers add up to devastating consequences: erratic rainfall, crop failure, hunger. But climate change also has a human face.
Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable FutureAllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[AlertNet] The 1992 Earth Summit was a bright moment for the environmental movement. For the first time, presidents and prime ministers - more than 100 in all - were "coming together to save the earth," as a headline on the cover of Time magazine put it.
Africa: Rio+20 - Global Community Strives for Sustainable DevelopmentAllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[SANF] The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil provides an opportunity for the global community to renew its commitment to promote sustainable development and address new and emerging challenges such as climate change.
Africa: Britain Must Play Honest Broker At Rio +20AllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[Christian Aid] Britain should play the role of honest broker at the Rio+20 this week, to help ensure the conference delivers progress on the twin crises of extreme poverty and environmental degradation, Christian Aid urges.
Zimbabwe: The Flipside of E-DonationsAllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[The Herald] A new wave of environmental degradation is threatening Africa's environments, it is not the effect of climate change, but electronic waste dumped in Africa by some Western countries in the form of computer donations and other electrical gadgets.
Zambia: Rio Conference - Rethinking Environment ProtectionAllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2012
[Times of Zambia] "HOW can we meet the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs?" This is a million dollar question which begs for an answer.
EU Commission to set tougher CO2 standards for vansReuters | 14 Jun 2012
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose tighter CO2 emissions standards for vans, as part of a wider legislative push to reduce emissions from road transport and cut fuel bills, a draft regulation showed.
EU car CO2 proposals well-tuned: car parts chiefReuters | 14 Jun 2012
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission proposals to enforce tighter CO2 standards for new cars strike the right balance between ambition and cost, the head of European car part suppliers' association said, arguing against tougher goals for now.
Africa: Rio+20 Must Commit to Transforming the Global Food SystemAllAfrica.com | 14 Jun 2012
[AlertNet] On June 20-22, world leaders and thousands of others from around the globe will gather for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Their charge is to forge high-level political agreement for how nations of the world will work together to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.