Environment

Climate Change: Reaping a Whirlwind

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Tony Blair has intervened to ensure that British power stations and industries will be given increased allowances to emit carbon dioxide (CO2) over the next three years.

As ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced this development through the media, they sought to reassure us that the new CO2 allowances were still a step in the right direction, but were now more 'balanced' because they would not undermine the 'competitiveness' of British industry. Needless to say, Digby Jones of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) and other business leaders welcomed the news.

A Tale of Two Logos

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With the Johannesburg summit on sustainable development happening at the beginning of September, there are a number of websites giving alternative views to an event which will see large amounts of hot air coming from politicians as they clamour to show their green credentials.

There are many sites dedicated to exposing the real issues behind the summit and climate change in general. Greenpeace have been having fun with their Stop Esso campaign. The website was originally hosted in France. Esso mannaged to get an injunction to stop Greenpeace using their spoof E$$O logo on the Stop Esso website www.stopesso.org. But things are not always that simple in cyberspace--Greenpeace moved the website to a host based in the oil rich state of Texas--where the injunction isn't valid.

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