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Extreme climate conditions provoked by global warming could lead to “unprecedented” international security threats, with “serious security risks” even if climate change is contained within the European Union's target of a temperature rise of two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, European leaders were told March 14, writes Stephen Gardner.

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The European Commission January 23 claimed it was reinforcing its global leadership in the fight against climate change with the announcement of a series of measures to cut emissions and steer energy policy towards a low-carbon future, writes Stephen Gardner. Central to the Commission's vision is the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS), which will be dramatically revised from 2013 according to the Commission's plans.

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A battalion of EU officials will soon board their long-haul flights to go to Bali for December's climate change negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. They go armed with moral superiority. While others, notably the US, deny and dither, the EU wants a binding 50 percent global greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2050, writes Stephen Gardner.

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