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Environmental brief ~ EC places international flights under CO2 cap

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, the European Commission [official website] has approved a plan [EC press release, EC backgrounder] to add international airline flights to the European Union's carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trading scheme (ETS) [EU backgrounder]. The ETS sets an overall cap on CO2 emissions, and participating industries can buy and sell emission allowances as needed. Previously, domestic European flights were included, and the proposal is expected to draw criticism from foreign airlines that fly from the EU to other countries. From London, the Independent has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • Malaysian Deputy Environment Minister Dato Sothinathan [official department website] has called on the Indonesian government to take steps to prevent wildfires which cloak nearby Malaysia and Singapore in smoke. The steps include ratifying a 2002 agreement aimed at preventing haze caused by wildfires, a burn ban during the dry season, and a crackdown on arsonists and irresponsible plantation owners. AP has more.

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