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Belgium and other West European countries have witnessed one of the most bizarre March ever. After a spring-like beginning it turned unusually cold in the second half of the month with icy north-eastern winds making the cold feel really icy. Many People who tend to identify climate change only with rising temperatures may feel confirmed… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

2012 has seen new records in newly installed solar and wind power capacity. Globally installed capacity has now reached almost 400 GW, of which 300 GW wind and 100 GW solar PV. In the last 10 years solar PV has expanded more rapidly than wind power, essentially due to a steep decline of module prices… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Bees are in danger of global extermination, particularly in Europe and North America. Without bees Humanity will not be able to feed itself. Albert Einstein is on record to have said 100 years ago that Humanity would not survive more than four years if bees were to disappear, as they pollinate 70 per cent of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Global green house gas emissions keep rising at an alarming pace despite the slow down of the global economy. In 2011 global C02 emissions reached a new high of 34 billion tons, increasing by three per cent. There is no prospect for a rapid turn-around because of the rapid economic expansion of poor and emerging… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

As expected, the Latvian government has put in its request for joining the Euro-zone as of January 2014. This is a courageous step considering that two thirds of the Latvian population are against the introduction of the Euro. Like all EU countries, with the exception of Denmark and UK, Latvia is obliged to introduce the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein