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In less than six months the 200-odd parties of the UNFCCC will meet once again to discuss on how to cope with the earth’s most pressing challenge: halting climate change. This time, they will get together in Qatar, a country that has the highest per capita C02 emissions and an absence of effective policies to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With China and and the USA starting their phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in October 2012, the world will soon be without the venerable lighting system that has been with us since the19th century when Humphrey Davy invented the arc lighting (1806) and Thomas Edison made it safer and commercially viable (1879). Much more energy-efficient… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In the next 12 years the EU will be confronted with profound changes and look very different from today. It will comprise close to 35 member States, with seven additions from the Western Balkans. This will further complicated EU governance. Differentiation among member States will further increase, the most important being the division between EMU… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After years of controversial political debate, China has its carbon tax! It has taken the courage of Julia Gillard, the socialist prime minister since 2010, to get there. As of July 1. 2012, 294 companies and municipal councils will be subject to a A$ 23 tax per ton of C02. That is more than twice… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European Council meeting of 28/29 June 2012 may enter history as having advanced further towards a deeper union among European countries, accompanied by a progressive split among Euro and non-Euro members. It has also demonstrated the ever rising complexity of decisions taken. Shaping European policy has never been easy and keeps becoming more and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein