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For the past 50 years European farmers have benefited from an exceptional set of protection and subsidies. No other group of society, with the exception of coal miners, has ever been so pampered through guaranteed prices and, in the last 15 years, direct subsidies from the EU budget. From 1995 to 2010, the cumulative budget… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Against the backdrop of rapidly deteriorating climate conditions on our planet – warming of the Arctic Sea, progressive destruction of coral reefs, increasingly violent floods and droughts – it is good to occasionally pause on some optimistic developments. The decisions taken in the last few years by the governments of Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Within just five years China has established itself as the dominant world manufacturer of solar panels and wind turbines. In 2010, it looks poised to account for about half of global production for what are the key market segments of renewable energies, with a focus on EU and USA, the two major markets. It has… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

No other country-continent on earth enjoys such an abundance of renewable resources as Australia. It could easily supply its 22 million people with non-fossil, non-nuclear energy, provided governments muster the political will and give the necessary push for a long-term energy and climate strategy based on renewables and energy efficiency. Australia has more than plenty… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After months of internal controversy focused on the future of nuclear power the German government has adopted a nine-point strategy for making its energy supply secure and essentially C02 free by 2050. It is the first EU country to do so setting an example for all EU countries to follow. The strategy fixes the targets… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Air transport and shipping are the two major sectors with high and rising C02 emissions that have been universally exempt from curbs, due to the absence of an appropriate international agreement on how to tackle the issue. Negotiations within the competent international shipping and air line organisations have been dragging for many years without success.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein