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Smart grids promise a greener, more energy-efficient Europe, but the road to intelligent electricity generation and distribution will be long and expensive, writes Stephen Gardner.

Read more ... managing editor Stephen Gardner is also a special correspondent for International Environment Reporter, published in Washington D.C. by the Bureau of National Affairs. BNA has recently launched a website dedicated to tracking climate change and the evolution of relevant legislation. To see details of Stephen Gardner's articles on the website, click here.

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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