Environment EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger

The EU’s Energy Commissioner has said people who think cutting Europe’s carbon emissions will make any difference to global warming are “arrogant or stupid”.

Letters: Small is beautiful

Sir: Your "50 best ways to save the world" ( The Information, 18 September) omitted by far the most effective one - keep your family small. The creation of every child, however wonderful, over and above that necessary to replace ourselves unfortunately means the creation of a new life-long unit of consumption and associated pollution.

Letter: High level of pollution

Sir: Andrew Hamilton (letter, 24 May) writes of the high level of pollution from crop spraying. At this time of the year I pick elderflowers to make elderflower cordial, much liked by members of the Cambridge University Real Tennis Club. I am never sure whether I ought to pick the flowers from bushes along the road and thereby subject to lead-poisoning, or from bushes on the borders of fields which are subject to some very powerful chemical cocktails. Which is going to be worse?

Kyoto Summit: Developed nations look to a free market in pollution

The final deal reached in Kyoto this week will open the way for a free market in trading in pollution rights between nations. Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent, explains an extraordinary idea.

Appliance of science to smog alerts

The Government is moving the goal posts for a key air pollutant; levels which were described as 'poor' will now be classified as 'low pollution'. It's not as daft as it sounds, says Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent .

Letter: Scrap the Road Fund Licence

Sir: I once inquired why drivers at coach stations (Letters, 10 September) left their engines running and often unattended, causing considerable pollution to the environment, and the answer was: "To keep the ticket machines working."

The Government will unveil new pollution standards today

The Government will unveil new pollution standards today amid concern over the growing impact of poor air standards on the nation's health. The Liberal Democrats claimed yesterday that the current "crisis" in the number of asthma sufferers was partly caused by air pollution and lack of concerted Government action.

Letter: Cut road speed limit

Sir: The European Commission's proposal to require all new vehicles to be fitted with a device warning drivers when legal pollution limits are being exceeded (20 June) seems an expensive way of achieving its objective, now that emissions are checked in the annual MOT test.

Pollution charges

Pollution charges

LETTER: System that makes it cheaper to pollute than to conserve

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LETTER: What price noise and air pollution?

From Ms Lilli Matson

Sturge Names in lawsuit

Sturge Names in lawsuit

Soaring smog levels may kill 10,000 people a year

BRITAIN'S official air pollution watchdog is set to urge ministers to make heavy cuts in emissions which may kill more than 10,000 people across the country each year. The Government's Expert Panel on Air Quality, made up of independent doctors and scientists, is to meet on Friday to recommend a limit on small particulates, the most deadly air pollutants in Britain, which, up to now, have been unregulated.

Rivers polluted by heating oil spill

Rivers polluted by heating oil spill

Major silences report critics

JOHN Major intervened last week to stop Dr Brian Mawhinney's transport department from contemptuously dismissing the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's call to revolutionise Britain's transport policy.
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