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BP: Beyond Petroleum?

The new BP chairman, who will take over 1st January 2010, has expressed his concerns about the future of the planet. Humanity cannot go on tripling global production and doubling population until 2050. The planet will have great difficulty in coping with such a challenge. The pace of growth of car ownership and air travel… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After months of tough horse trading the House of Representatives adopted an 1100 page (!) bill aiming at curbing American green house gas emissions. The vote was 219 to 212! Unfortunately, the bill falls far short of what would be necessary to put the USA into the driver’s seat at the forthcoming climate negotiations in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Exploiting the immense solar energy potential of the Sahara for supplying all countries around the Mediterranean and Europe with clean energy has been a vision since the technical development of large-scale solar power generation in the mid-1980s. In 2007 the Club of Rome has presented the DESERTIC Concept, the realisation of which would combine the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

At their meeting in Kuala Lumpur the IATA members have committed to achieve “C02 neutral” growth by 2020. Even if this commitment is vague, the fact that the airline industry has started to engage in a discussion on how to cope with climate change is by itself a signal that it sees the necessity to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the weekend of June 5-7th, STATOIL-Hydro, the Norwegian oil and gas company, has inaugurated the first floating wind turbine off the Norwegian coast. The new device might give a tremendous boost to wind energy in general and off-shore wind energy in particular. It allows installing wind turbines in water depths up to 700 meter,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On June 1st, the preparations for the Copenhagen Climate Conference have entered into their final phase, with 182 negotiation parties and some 4000 delegates assembling in Bonn and finally starting to discuss legal texts. A 53 page option-paper submitted by the UN Climate Secretariat serves as the basis. But it lacks focus and realism. ·… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In a recent interview with the Financial Times the new US Secretary for Energy, CHU, has ruled out the chances for raising the federal gasoline tax as not being politically feasible. That is regrettable, though no surprise to those familiar with US politics. US action against climate change, as envisaged by the Obama Administration, focuses… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein