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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 21/12/2006

European Commission presses airlines to go green

"Air travel to and from Europe will become more expensive – and with good reason," says Stephan Kosch. He welcomes the EU's announcement to incorporate the aviation industry into the emissions trading system starting in 2011. "The European Commission anticipates that ticket prices will increase in the first stage by 1.80 euro to 9 euros." However he also points to shortcomings in the plans presented by the EU environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas. "Emissions trading currently only takes carbon dioxide into consideration. However carbon dioxide emissions constitute less than 25 per cent of the greenhouse gases produced by the aviation industry. Harmful particles and nitrogen oxides fall by the wayside. The European Commission would also like to include a regulation on nitrogen oxides by the end of the coming year. Yet the exact wording is still unclear, leaving sufficient room for lobbyists of aviation companies, such as Lufthansa, to exert their influence."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 31/10/2006

The cost of global warming

"Capitalism is discovering climate change", writes Stephan Kosch, adding that it's better late than never. "The truth of the matter is that climate change represents a threat to the global economy. It shouldn't really have taken the government review published in Britain yesterday to make us realise this. The disruption of oil production following the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, which pushed up oil prices to record levels, was a taste of things to come for companies all over the world. ... And because the economy only understands the language of profit and loss, companies only start to take things seriously once their profit margins are in jeopardy – or when new markets emerge. British companies have realised this and can see the economic potential of climate change. The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions encourages innovation."

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