Trading delay could spur power cuts: Eastern Australia could face blackouts because of the Howard Government’s decision to hold off carbon trading until 2012, warns a sustainability investment specialist. Amanda McCluskey, a fund manager at Portfolio Partners and deputy chair of the Investor Group on Climate Change, said carbon trading needed to be introduced by 2010 at the latest to head off blackouts. The Age

Take politics out of emission talk: The Australian Conservation Foundation  has called for politics to be taken out of the current debate on tackling Greenhouse gas emissions. After a week in which Labor announced its set of emissions targets and Prime Minister John Howard received a report looking into the need for an emissions-trading scheme, ACF executive director Don Henry said emissions targets were too important to be toyed with in this election year. SMH

Labels will tell passengers the damage their flights do: Bleary-eyed passengers boarding some early flights at Birmingham, Bristol and Belfast airports this morning will be confronted with a colour-coded sticker rating the damage they are doing to the planet. Europe’s biggest regional airline will today unveil what is claimed to be the world’s first aircraft “eco-labelling” scheme. Flybe, which has an extensive domestic and European network, says “Passengers will then be in a position to decide, on an informed basis, whether they want to carbon-offset that journey”. The airline has also introduced an offsetting scheme. Independent

Dutch try to grow enviro-friendly meat in lab: Dutch researchers are trying to grow pork meat in a laboratory with the goal of feeding millions without the need to raise and slaughter animals. “We’re trying to make meat without having to kill animals,” Bernard Roelen, a veterinary science professor at Utrecht University, said in an interview. Although it is in its early stages, the idea is to replace harvesting meat from livestock with a process that eliminates the need for animal feed, transport, land use and the methane expelled by animals, which all hurt the environment, he said. Reuters

Cambodian elite and army accused of illegal logging racket: Cambodia is being systematically stripped of its natural assets by a small elite of politicians, relatives of its prime minister, and businessmen working with the army the Government’s former official independent forestry watchdog said yesterday. Global Witness, the UK-based human rights and environment group which monitored Cambodia’s forests for the Government until it was thrown out of the country in 2006, says logging is in the hands of a “small kleptocratic mafia”. Guardian