PARIS (Reuters) – France’s planned carbon tax cannot be applied because it includes too many exemptions, a French government body ensuring laws are constitutional ruled on Tuesday, in an embarrassing setback for the government.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Tuesday approved regulations on health and environment assessments for industrial projects, a step toward allowing suspended operations to go ahead at the world’s eighth-biggest petrochemical hub.
MADRID (Reuters) – Heavy rain has raised Spain’s capacity to generate hydroelectricity and irrigate crops, official data showed on Tuesday in the heavily gas and grain-dependent country.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Sweden described the Copenhagen climate change summit as a “disaster” and a “great failure” on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of European Union environment ministers to discuss how to rescue the process.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African negotiators said on Tuesday the outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks was disappointing and unacceptable, largely due to a flawed process that damaged trust among delegations.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could improve upon its aims to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the environment minister said on Tuesday after returning from climate change talks in Copenhagen.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is confident of securing a climate change deal at a U.N. summit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that he will attend later this week, the White House said on Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday that it produces nearly 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, but it vowed to reduce the climate-harming gases it spews into the atmosphere.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – U.S. greenhouse gas emissions targets pledged ahead of United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen have “protectionist aspects,” Germany’s environment minister said on Tuesday.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe arrived in Denmark on Tuesday to attend U.N. climate talks, despite Western sanctions on his travel and public disapproval from his Danish hosts.