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Finance : la Commission présente son plan officiel pour taxer les transactions

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La Commission européenne a présenté jeudi 14 février son projet de mise en œuvre d'une taxe sur les transactions financières (TTF) dans onze pays membres de l'Union européenne, qui pourrait rapporter jusqu'à 35 milliards d'euros par an. La taxe sera de 0,01 % pour les produits dérivés et de 0,1 % pour les actions et les obligations.

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Should we stop worrying about the environmental impact of flying?

Should we stop worrying about the environmental impact of flying? | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: A University of East Anglia economist has provoked debate by arguing that flying within Europe has 'no impact on total emissions'
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The existence of the EU ETS has led Dr Grischa Perino, a senior lecturer in economics at the University of East Anglia's Centre for Behavioural and Experiment Social Science, to publish a "discussion paper" (pdf) this week arguing that green consumers who voluntarily choose not to take a flight within the EU for environmental reasons will, in fact, have "no impact on total emissions".

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Why photos of One Direction won't save us from global warming

Why photos of One Direction won't save us from global warming | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Lazy stock photos just won't do when it comes to climate communications, research indicates
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Researchers showed people images used to illustrate newspaper climate change stories. They mostly split into three categories: pictures of climate impacts, energy futures - meaning new energy sources like solar panels - and pictures of celebrities and politicians.

 

- Images of climate impacts made people feel like climate change is important, but they also made them feel like there's not much they can do to stop it.

- The researchers also found that pictures of energy futures - including solar panels and energy efficiency measures - were most likely to make people feel like they could do something about climate change, because they represented ways people could act by themselves.

- Worryingly, images of celebrities and politicians - like Richard Branson, Al Gore and Julia Gillard - "made participants in this study feel quite strongly that climate change was unimportant"

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Common pesticides 'can kill frogs within an hour'

Common pesticides 'can kill frogs within an hour' | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
New research suggests the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the global decline of amphibians
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Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic decline of amphibians around the world.

 

The scientists behind the work said it was both "astonishing" and "alarming" that common pesticides could be so toxic at the doses approved by regulatory authorities, adding to growing criticism of how pesticides are tested.

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Beijing smog continues as Chinese state media urge more action

Beijing smog continues as Chinese state media urge more action | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Unusually frank discussions of pollution come as Beijing implements new emergency response plan in response to smog
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China's state media have called for environmental improvements in unusually frank discussions of the country's pollution problem, as thick smog continues to shroud Beijing and other cities. According to an official monitoring centre in Beijing, levels of PM2.5 were well above 600 micrograms per cubic metre in several places on Saturday, and may even have hit 900 - far above the safe level of 25 designated by the WHO.

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Africa land deals lead to water giveaway

Africa land deals lead to water giveaway | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Africa is heading for 'hydrological suicide' as land deals hand water resources to foreign companies, threatening environmental disaster
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Millions of people will lose access to traditional sources of water because of "land grabs" in Africa, according to a report on Monday that looks behind the scramble for farmland in Africa. "If these land grabs are allowed to continue, Africa is heading for a hydrological suicide". Grain cites the Nile and Niger river basins as two examples of the "giveaway" of land and water rights.

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Ces petites tricheries qui dopent les performances "vertes" des voitures

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Pour "verdir" artificiellement leurs performances, les constructeurs utilisent lors des tests des pneus spéciaux, plus adhérents que ceux qui équiperont réellement les véhicules, ou les font rouler sur une surface extrêmement lisse. Tous les paramètres susceptibles de limiter les émissions de CO2 lors du test sont optimisés : poids de la voiture, alignement des roues, température, pression, vent, humidité... Des conditions idéales qu'aucun conducteur ne retrouvera sur la route.

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Shell acquitted of Nigeria pollution charges

Shell acquitted of Nigeria pollution charges | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The case involved five allegations of oil spills in Nigeria, four of which were quashed by the court
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Shell was acquitted in a Dutch court on Wednesday morning of most of the charges against it for pollution in Nigeria, where disputed oil spills have been a long-running source of contention between the oil company, local people and environmental campaigners.

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One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows

One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Fish were found to contain small pieces of plastic known as 'microbeads', in a study of 10 species
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The Plymouth University study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, looked at the occurrence of plastic in 10 species of fish caught in the English Channel. Of 504 fish examined, more than one-third were found to contain small pieces of plastic less than 1mm in size, referred to by scientists as "microbeads".

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This, say the researchers, could carry serious physical consequences for fish, creating blockages in their digestive systems or giving them a false sense of being full (...) A spectrometer was used to identify 351 items removed from the fish, the majority of which was rayon, a synthetic fibre used in clothing and sanitary products. Other plastics included those "from the breakdown of larger items such as bags and bottles' polyester" Thompson went on: "There is no threat to human health as the plastic was found in the fish gut which we do not eat. But we don't need to have plastic debris in the sea. These materials are inherently very recyclable, but regrettably they've been at the heart of our throw-away culture for the last few decades. We need to recognise the value of plastics at the end of their lives and need help from industry and manufacturers to widen the potential for everyday products to be reusable and recyclable."
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Mercury-Emissions Treaty Adopted

Mercury-Emissions Treaty Adopted | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The treaty will set enforceable limits on mercury emissions and exclude, phase out or restrict some products that contain mercury, which is widely used in chemical production and small-scale mining.
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More than 140 nations adopted the first legally binding international treaty on Saturday aimed at reducing mercury emissions, after four years of negotiations on ways to set limits on the use of a highly toxic metal. The treaty will for the first time set enforceable limits on emissions of mercury, which is widely used in chemical production and small-scale mining, and exclude, phase out or restrict some products that contain mercury.

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Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? | Environment & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Joanna Blythman: Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices
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The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken.

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