Climate change policy

VAT cut on cards in bid to lower milk price

By Dimitra Manifava

The government is examining the possibility of reducing the value-added tax on milk to the lowest bracket of 6.5 percent, as it sees no other way of reducing the price of milk on store shelves, according to sources.

The decrease from the current rate of 13 percent could bring about a reduction of 8 to 10 cents per liter.

Lack of int’l climate code lets Turkey off hook on emissions

The absence of an international regime on climate change has enabled Turkey to enjoy a free ride on a development policy that is careless about emissions, according to an activist. ‘The collapse of the EU process is also the reason why Turkey gives less emphasis to climate change,’ says Ümit Şahin.

Climate talks: 'Raise your voice, not sea level': UN

The United Nations seized World Environment Day Thursday to demand action on climate change to protect small island states threatened by rising seas, drought and floods.
"We have very, very alarming news from science," UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told reporters in Bonn at a new round of talks on global warming.

Carbon plan still leaves US short of UN pledge: study

President Barack Obama's plan to cut the carbon emissions of US power plants by up to 30 percent will leave America far short of its current pledges at UN climate talks, a study said Wednesday.
The United States promised in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels.