As 2011 slowly winds down, taking a back seat to the new year to come, a long battle that begun in 2009, will surely rage on in 2012.

Back in 2009, the EU decided to extend the seven-year-old emissions trading system (ETS) to the aviation sector, which would have them pay for the right to pollute. Well, starting on 1 January 2012, this plan, which has aroused all the powerful nations, will finally take effect.

From the beginning of the EU's announcement of this plan, China has b...

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