Italian budget delivers "ten green pledges"

Government plans to spend over €2bn on Kyoto compliance, urban parks, soil erosion, transport

A draft budget approved by the Italian government last Friday contains "ten pieces of good news" for the environment, according to environment minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio. Kyoto protocol compliance measures will attract €600m, while €150m will fund 1,000 new green spaces in Italy’s congested cities. Soil erosion measures will claim €530m, and some €130m is earmarked for boosting rail and sea transport.

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