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Go slam Eurpoe for a change

Europe slips on greenhouse targets
Emissions of greenhouse gases from the European Union increased in 2001 for the second year running.

Cold weather boosted fuel consumption
The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates they were 1% greater than in 2000.

The EU as a whole is committed to reducing emissions by 8% on their 1990 levels by between 2008 and 2012.

On present trends, it appears to stand almost no chance of keeping its promise.

The 8% cut is the commitment made by the EU under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement on tackling climate change.

Not enough signatories have yet ratified the protocol to allow it to enter into force.

Two years ago President Bush said the US would not ratify it, and Australia has followed suit.

Lukewarm leaders

There are now doubts about the willingness of Russia to do so, because some of its prominent scientists apparently believe climate change could be beneficial to the country.

It is organising a world climate conference in Moscow in late September, to re-examine the science of climate change.


Hydropower faltered in 2001
The Europeans have all along been the protocol's most enthusiastic supporters, and their faltering performance will be deeply embarrassing to them.

EU emissions of the principal gas covered by the protocol, carbon dioxide (CO2), rose by 1.6% from 2000 to 2001.

Germany, France and the UK saw the biggest CO2 rises from homes and small businesses.

The EEA says the main reasons for the 2001 increase in all six gases were a colder winter in most EU countries, which meant householders burnt more heating fuel.

Coupled with this were higher emissions from transport, and greater use of fossil fuels in electricity and heating....

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Yes, this is disturbing 07.May.2003 08:26

NB

Yes. This is very disturbing news. European countries must re-examine themselves and let go of their holier than thou attitudes. Otherwise the world is doomed.

Bash the State 07.May.2003 09:17

Gertha

"America-bashing" should not be subsituting for political analysis. For example, during a couple of the large anti-war protests I saw more than one person running around with a french flag. How do they think this would look to Algerians, "french" Polynesians, Vietnamese, or Chadians? Do they think that these peoples consider french imperialism to be somehow benevolent? Do they believe Chirac is a hero to the Polynesians for resuming nuclear testing in their fishing grounds?!

Such is the complex world of relativism and single-issue politics...

"The world is doomed"? 07.May.2003 10:08

deebat

NB, do you really think "the world is doomed" if the Europeans don't "re-examine themselves and let go of their holier than thou attitudes"? Compared to the U.S., the contribution to the planet's doom made by the nations of Europe is but a trifle. But that's not the main point I want to raise here...

I'd like to suggest that holier-than-thou attitudes IN GENERAL, regardless of where a person is from and what political leanings he or she has, are contributing to the world's demise. I for one am trying to be aware of my own feelings of personal, national and species superiority so I can get along with others better and make the world a better place. It's not an easy task; we all seem to be conditioned to strive to make ourselves stand out and be more important than others. In the end, though, we're all the same.

The chest-thumping and oneupmanship we see in the world today simply must stop.

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eurpo? 07.May.2003 10:58

mommy is a piglet

eurpo?

Like I said... 07.May.2003 13:04

Dark Woodsman

Its only a matter of time before the human race is extinct and earth will be purified...