Green groups say Japan, Canada wavering on climate targets

Japan and Canada appear to be backing away from mandatory emissions cuts expected to be at the heart of a new global accord on fighting global warming, environmental groups said Wednesday.

The charge was levelled as nearly 190 nations met in the Indonesian resort of Bali, looking to take the first steps toward a new agreement to combat climate change when the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.

AFP: Green groups say Japan, Canada wavering on climate targets.

France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune

Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction.

Environmentalists cheered the development, but they are watching carefully. They want the government to publish specific measures by next March, and they also want to make sure that loopholes – such as allowing new roads to relieve congestion and promote safety – are not abused.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

BUILDING 800 homes on green belt land will reduce the Bromley borough’s historic housing shortfall overnight’, according to a developer.

Asprey Homes won an appeal against Bromley Council’s decision to block a proposal to build on a 34-acre Blue Circle Site in Bromley Common.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

Vietnam Reform

The People’s Council in HCM City also met yesterday. Authorities announced a new municipal governance model, already approved by the Prime Minister, to be adopted in the next few years.

HCM City would be a vanguard in applying the new municipal governance model to better manage the country’s biggest socio-economic and financial hub, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Tai said.

Viet Nam News.

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