The one sector which is running amok in terms of growth of emissions is transport. Between 1990 and 2005, the maximum increase in emissions of rich countries was in this sector

The world's forests are a key storehouse of carbon

It is now part of the carbon game: emitting but buying carbon credits to balance accounts. People fly to their holidays but buy some carbon

The Green Paper on urban transport will address all transport modes, including walking, cycling, motor cycles and motor vehicles, and will cover both urban freight (and logistics)

The more stringent environmental quality specifications for oil products worldwide are tending to step up energy use and, consequently, CO2 emissions at refineries. In Brazil, for example, the stipulated reduction in the sulfur content of diesel and gasoline between 2002 and 2009 should increase the energy use of Brazil's refining industry by around 30%, with effects on its CO2 emissions.

But EU rejects its plan

Mangroves contribute generously to oceanic carbon

Biofuel is efficient but its environmental benefits are marginal

• Thailand has proposed that it will ban all alcohol advertising, outraging media executives who say the ban would hurt the industry and do little to curb alcohol abuse. • At least three

Pointless: A US federal appeals court recently heard arguments on a five-year-old battle over whether the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2)

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