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Cutting carbon emissions or hiding them?

A draft of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases warming the planet grew twice as fast in the first decade of the 21st century as they did during the previous three decades. Much of that rise was due to the burning of coal, and much of that coal was used to power factories in China and other rising economies that produce goods for US and European consumers. The Guardian reports on this here, but the most striking thing about this is that it shouldn't be news: we know all about our 'consumption emissions' but sweep them under the carpet, preferring to focus on the fossil fuels we actually burn in this country. The 'Carbon Omissions' animation, created last year by PIRC, sets it out neatly:
 
 

Stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

On Monday, EU and US negotiators are meeting in Brussels for the second round of negotiations over what has become known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The purpose of the TTIP is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations but its consequences will run far deeper, as the Democracy Centre says, this is "a privatised justice system for global corporations".  One particular area where the treaty seems to pose an increasingly significant threat is concerning climate action by allowing corporations to sue governments.

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