Germany’s air pollution is set to worsen for a second year, the first back-to-back increase since at least the 1980s, after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to shut nuclear plants led utilities to burn more coal.
China, the world’s biggest energy consumer, will maintain the stance of developing countries to extend the Kyoto Protocol to address climate change, its chief envoy said ahead of negotiations in South Africa next week.
The international effort to curb global warming inched forward with an agreement that extends pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol and calls for work on a mechanism that would pay aid for climate-related disasters.
China and the European Union are at odds over the future of the United Nations carbon market and the Kyoto Protocol, a rift that threatens agreement at next month’s ministerial climate-change conference in South Africa.
A failure by climate envoys worldwide to extend emissions-reduction goals under the United Nations Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 may lead to a “complete meltdown” of global talks, Europe’s negotiator said.
Australia’s government may save A$4 billion in this year’s budget after delaying the start of a carbon trading plan, the Australian Financial Review reported, without saying where it got the information. The nation will shelve its plan and assess actions taken by other nations at the end of 2012, the end date for the Kyoto accord on climate change, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday.
The United Nations envoy leading climate talks ruled out extending greenhouse gas limits in the Kyoto Protocol this year, leaving in place doubts about the future of a $2.7 billion a year part of the carbon market.
Diplomats at United Nations climate talks this week will consider a two-year deadline for industrial nations to sign up for further cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions after Kyoto Protocol limits expire in December 2012.