Air & Climate Newsletter
December 10, 2009

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Groundbreaking greenhouse gas ruling gives Obama Copenhagen boost
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a groundbreaking endangerment finding, ending years of controversy by finally admitting that greenhouse gases pose a significant threat to human health and can be regulated under the existing Clean Air Act. The announcement, carefully timed to coincide with the Copenhagen talks and backed by the White House, gives the EPA the ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for the first time, following years of internal debate and legal action from advocacy groups.  The endangerment finding covers both current and projected emissions ...
Demand for air travel must be cut, says Lord Turner
Even with improvements in fuel efficiency and the emergence of biofuels, demand for air travel will have to fall over the coming decades if the UK is to meet its target of ensuring emissions in 2050 do not exceed 2005 levels. That is the stark conclusion of a new report released this week by the government`s independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which warns that demand for air travel cannot rise by more than 60 per cent on current levels by 2050 if the UK is to stay within its carbon budgets and deliver an 80 per cent cut in economy-wide emissions by the same date. Under business as ...
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