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Once again the State of California takes the world by surprise. Only a few weeks after President Obama had to concede defeat in his efforts to pass national legislation on reducing green house gas emissions the biggest US State by population and GDP acts on its own. The new legislation, due to enter into force… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Iran with a population of only 60 million ranks tenth in the world among C02 emitter countries. Its per capita C02 emissions amount to almost 8 tons, equal to Italy, and extremely high for a country with a relatively low level of economic development. Two major reasons account for this situation. First Iran is the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When the European Council will conclude its deliberations December 16th, Brussels will make a sigh of relief. This has been arguably one of the most difficult years the EU ever had to master. But despite the accidents on the road, the EU deserves good notes. It has achieved much more in than expected at its… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Until the end of 2009 Lithuania had depended for most of its electricity on two reactors of the unsafe Chernobyl type, which the country had to close down as a pre-condition for EU membership. In order not to depend excessively on Russian gas and electricity supply the government decided to replace its two former nuclear… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein