Continental calls for market-based adaptation of the legal framework to support autonomous driving

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International automotive supplier Continental is calling for a market-based adaptation of the legal framework for automated driving. Initial success in this regard was seen with the recent modification of the Vienna Convention, which established the legal foundations for partially automated driving. This has established the legal foundation for partially automated driving since control of the vehicle may now essentially be assumed by systems as well.

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Energy ministers agree to help speed up global deployment of carbon capture and storage

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The following governments agreed to continue or initiate action in support of one or more of these recommendations by the next Clean Energy Ministerial: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom. Energy Ministers from around the world have agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage.

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Developing Countries Torpedo Plans for Cutting Carbon Emissions from Ships

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The NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) reports that developing countries, led by China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, have blocked what would have been the first global agreement to cut carbon emissions from ships. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) had been set to approve an Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) for ships at its meeting last week in London, following four years of work, T&E said.

Ricardo study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the “Rising-15”

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Ricardo’s Rising-15 automotive markets include: Argentina; Egypt; Indonesia; Iran; Malaysia; Mexico; Morocco; Nigeria; Peru; the Philippines; South Africa; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; and Vietnam. These included population size and growth; size and growth of the economy; social and scientific progress indicators; quality and extent of infrastructure; and the political and legal context. Positioning the Rising 15. Source: Ricardo Consulting. Click to enlarge.

Summary of decisions from Durban climate conference

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Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, managed to deliver an agreement after an extension to negotiations. Governments at the COP17 meeting decided to adopt some form of a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon. as possible, but not later than 2015. Work on this is to begin immediately under a new group called the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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Despite asserting in his speech that “ we cannot do half a deal in Copenhagen and postpone the rest till later ”, Rasmussen proposed just that: Copenhagen’s delegates would eschew a treaty in favor of a political text—“ say, five to eight pages ”—covering all aspects of the Bali mandates, and informing further negotiations, albeit without any legal authority. “ Internationally, we reject legally binding emissions. by Jack Rosebro.

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