Government departments and agencies were told by the White House to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 28% by 2020. The US government is the biggest energy consumer in the country, it spent more than 24.5 billion dollars on electricity and fuel in 2008.
Rajendra Pachauri (pictured), chairman of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that the group's alarming prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 was "a regrettable error".
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, said in 2007 that it was very likely the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 if current warming trends continued. It has subsequently emerged that its claim was based on no more than an unreviewed article written in 1999 by an Indian glacier specialist. The IPCC has expressed its regret but the controversy looks set to run and run.
What to expect today from the French government's revised carbon tax plan? The first one came to a sorry end last December, shot down by the Constitutional Council. The court ruled that the plan contained too many exemptions for France's top polluters and would leave households having to shoulder too high a share of the new tax.
A few weeks after the disappointing results of the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, northern Europe is engulfed in freezing weather, while some countries in the Southern hemisphere are sweating heavily...Are freak weather spells the direct consequence of climate change?
An in-depth look at the Carbon Tax bill, shot down by a constitutional ruling just days before it was due to come into force in France. The move has French opposition groups crowing victory over Nicolas Sarkozy, and the president's team wondering whether the plan must be shelved entirely or reviewed.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy faced a political setback Wednesday after a high court ruled that his planned carbon tax to fight global warming unfairly placed the burden of cutting down energy use on a minority of consumers.