Aviation emissions could be included in the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012 following an agreement in the European Council on Thursday.
Carbon emissions from new cars could be drastically cut by 2012 under proposals unveiled by the European Commission.
Government officials in Ireland have revealed a new suit of measures designed to make businesses recycle more of their packaging materials.
The business world is still in the dark about the impact of a post-2012 agreement on carbon emissions following the conclusion of the Bali Conference.
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