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EU Takes Tough Emissions Stance for Planes, Ships

airplaneThe European Union has adopted a proposal to curb airline’s emissions 10 percent by 2020, and that of ships by 20 percent by 2020.

The move comes as environment ministers of EU nations wrangle over how deeply to cut emissions overall. Instead of the 80 percent emissions cut by 2050 that was previously on the table, they may even go as far as a 95 percent cut, reports AFP.

In other climate discussions, poorer EU nations are standing against rich nations in how to incentivize climate change improvement in the developing world.

Led by Poland, nine mostly eastern EU nations, say that they are unable to commit to the kind of financial aid that rich EU nations want to offer to developing countries.

Additionally, poorer EU nations want to hang on to their unused carbon credits. If these mostly eastern European Union nations can keep their billions of tons of carbon credits through the 2013-2020 period that follows the lapse of the Kyoto Protocol, then these nations might not have to actually reduce emissions at all.

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