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Recently the Australian Government announced a new carbon tax which aims to protect the environment. It will be a $23-per-tonne carbon price that will start from next year, and it is supposed to help reduce Australia’s polluting emissions.

But will it work?  Are taxes the best way of protecting our environment and to reduce polluting emissions all over the world?

This is a very difficult and hot topic nowadays- everywhere.

EU carbon tax is back on the European Commission’s agenda and according to them each European Union member state will be forced to introduce CO2 taxes from 2013. The taxes will range from between €4 and €30-per-tonnes in sectors such as agriculture, transport and households which are sources of greenhouse emissions that are actually not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

But this measure has not been implemented yet and carbon taxes have been discussed within the EU for decades without reaching any real and definitive arrangement so far.

Recently, Canadian airlines opposed the EU´s plan to include air transport in its cutting emissions plan. According to the EU, airlines will be required to reduce their CO2 emissions by 3% in 2012 and by 5% from 2013 onward if flying in or out of Europe.

A variety of climate-pollution reduction related initiatives have been implemented at international and national levels over the years. However, the current state of affairs of global polluting emissions does not seem to have changed that much and the fight for a less contaminated planet continues.

Climate change, greenhouse emissions, air pollution, contaminated environments…they are global problems and global problems require international solutions…is it really possible to reach an international arrangement about such an important issues for the life in our planet?


Rocio Troncoso


More information: EU Commission, Australian Parliament



  1. This goes to the heart of the debate regarding who is responsible for lowering carbon emissions. Should we rely on international treaties that are slow to act, or should nation states be more responsible? I feel that Germany is also taking the same approach in ending its reliance on nuclear power plants..maybe more countries should follow suit

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