REDD in the news: 22-28 February 2016

REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly.

Here’s the news item for 22 February 2016:

Airline Manufacturers Escape Threat of Big costs from New U.N. Climate Standards.  By Allison Lampert, Reuters, 22 February 2016

A flight test engineer holds an Airbus Group flag after the first flight of the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) in Colomiers near Toulouse, southwestern France, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

A flight test engineer holds an Airbus Group flag after the first flight of the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) in Colomiers near Toulouse, southwestern France.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

After six years of negotiations over U.N. greenhouse gas regulations, the aerospace industry dodged the threat of spending billions of dollars to re-engineer airplanes. The industry got help from European and Russian negotiators, who successfully argued that the standards should not render newer, more efficient planes obsolete, according to three people familiar with the U.N. talks in Montreal this month. The latest planes from companies such as Boeing Co(BA.N) and Airbus Group SE(AIR.PA) – which cost tens of billions of dollars to develop – will meet the new emissions standards. European negotiators also led an effort to forge a compromise exempting older, fuel-guzzling aircraft from the standards until 2028 – five years longer than a competing proposal pushed by U.S. negotiators, according to U.S. and European sources with direct knowledge of the talks.  From: www.redd-monitor.org

GR:  I included one of the “round up” items because it is a good example of corporate unwillingness to make financial sacrifices to stop CO2 increases.  It’s the type of human behaivor that the pessimists say threatens nature and human survival.

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