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Airlines are responding to the need to cut their carbon footprint. But so far the industry has lacked the big breakthrough idea to achieve the emissions reductions required.

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Green agendas and grey dawns

It’s not so much about how many of us there are on the planet, but how we consume, and how we cope with an ageing population.

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The Amazon rainforest appears to have been colored solid with a green crayon in the western portion of this true-color image of northern Brazil captured by MODIS.

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French railway network company RFF is currently developing a life-cycle assessment for the carbon footprint of high-speed lines. While the final study will not be published until June, it is already clear that most of their CO2 emissions are a result of deforestation related to the construction of new lines.

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A team of scientists has discovered that Africa?s rainforest trees are getting bigger and storing more carbon from the atmosphere in their trunks, which has significantly reduced the rate of climate change.

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While Europe may take better care of its water resources than other continents, it in fact uses larger quantities via imports of goods such as cotton, beans or wood, which often come from regions that already suffer from water scarcity.

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The former Soviet leader launched a high-profile water initiative in the European Parliament, calling for water issues to be included in UN negotiations over a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December.

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