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After years of controversial political debate, China has its carbon tax! It has taken the courage of Julia Gillard, the socialist prime minister since 2010, to get there. As of July 1. 2012, 294 companies and municipal councils will be subject to a A$ 23 tax per ton of C02. That is more than twice… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Air transport and shipping are the two major sectors with high and rising C02 emissions that have been universally exempt from curbs, due to the absence of an appropriate international agreement on how to tackle the issue. Negotiations within the competent international shipping and air line organisations have been dragging for many years without success.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Phoning from the Skies?

Viviane Reding, the Commissioner in charge of communications, has had another brilliant idea. She wants to enable all air passengers to use their cell-phones and e-mails from the skies and has persuaded the Commission to create an appropriate legal framework. She expects airlines to avail themselves of opening, as they will not want to run… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein