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9 June headlines
Cost of US carbon cuts likely to be modest, analysts say
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants has brought predictions of economic apocalypse, but analysts looking at the rule say its economic impact my be surprisingly modest. The relatively long timeframes combined with flexibility means associated costs are likely to be relatively low. Financial Times.
Upset at UN climate talks as ministers go missing
Negotiators and campaigners have reacted angrily to the failure of many environment ministers to attend UN talks in Bonn. They say governments gave an undertaking last year to go and update plans to cut emissions. But so far, around 50 ministers have turned up, with representatives from the UK, France and Brazil notably absent. BBC.
Troubled green deal relaunches with £1,500 sweetener
Homebuyers who install energy-saving measures within the first 12 months of moving into their new home will be able to claims new grants – typically up to £1,500 – after a government revamp of the green deal. Following a raft of complaints about the original scheme and a very low take-up, ministers have responded with a series of financial sweeteners. Guardian.
G7 nations vow to produce climate pledges by March
Seven of the world’s top economies pledged they will “lead by example” to produce an ambitious international climate accord by putting their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions on the table by March 2015, well ahead of talks later that year where the deal is to become final. Bloomberg.
First major tar sands oil shipment arrives in Europe amid protests
A cargo believed to be Europe’s first major shipment of tar sands oil arrived in Spain this week, as European policymakers proposed scrapping the requirement that such oil be labelled as more polluting than other forms of crude. Some 570,000 barrels of Western Canada Select heavy blend crude arrived in Spain last week. Guardian.
Are green investments a wise choice? – Ecoseed
The beginnings of a common European energy policy – Financial Times
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