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Phoning from the Skies?

Viviane Reding, the Commissioner in charge of communications, has had another brilliant idea. She wants to enable all air passengers to use their cell-phones and e-mails from the skies and has persuaded the Commission to create an appropriate legal framework. She expects airlines to avail themselves of opening, as they will not want to run… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The Environmental Committee of the International Maritime Organisation has taken a long overdue decision, which will put an end to virtually all sulfur dioxide emissions from shipping. With more than 20 years delay the shipping industry thus follows the example of electricity generation that had to eliminate sulfur emissions under heavy pressure from citizens in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the last 2000 years the human species has irresistibly conquered the planet. In my own life time, the number of human beings on the planet has more than trebled, from 2 billion in 1930 to 6.7 billion today; and the numbers are set to rise by another 2 billion mostly poor people until the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The biggest European utility – EON – has announced bold plans for expanding renewable energy, especially from wind. By 2030 it projects generating some 24 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Including nuclear power, the company expects more than half of its electricity generation to be C02-free in the long term. That is good… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

World agricultural prices have reached record levels in early 2008. They are roughly 65 percent higher than five years ago, when the main lines of the present agricultural policy underwent the last revision. Both OECD and FAO expect agricultural prices to stay at this high level and even keep rising during the next decade. After… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein