Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Against all odds, France is rapidly taking the pole position among EU member countries in the battle against climate change. It was under the French EU Presidency in the second half of 2008 that the EU succeeded in adopting its climate packing providing for a 20 percent reduction of its green house gas emissions by… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Finally Russia seems to discover it has to do something about its shocking waste of energy. In a brutally frank speech to the Russian State Council at Archangelsk on July 2nd, President Medvedev has called upon his citizens to radically change their energy consumption habits: • Raising energy efficiency will have to be the no… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Whatever conclusions will be adopted by the international community in Copenhagen it is imperative to insist on practical follow-up and effective measures to be taken by each of the 200-odd governments to obtain medium-term reduction of global C02 emissions. Too much time has been wasted on optimal targets for reducing green house gases, preparing for… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The Copenhagen Climate Conference in early December risks failure because of the US inability to take more speedy and effective action for reducing its green house gas emissions. This prevents the EU and other developed countries like Japan, Australia, Canada and Russia from taking bolder action; and it will above all offer China and emerging… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein