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After 300 years of common history Scotland wants to separate from the United Kingdom. Alex Salmond, the popular leader of the Scottish National party, has presented a 700 page White Paper on November 27 setting out the case; and in September 2014 the Scots will be invited to vote on their independence by way of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On June 13 2013 the UN Population Division has published a major upward revision of its 2050 and 2100 population projections. This has gone widely unnoticed in Europe, though it will have a big impact on Europe if history will confirm it. Until 2050 global population is now projected to reach 9.6 billion, 2.4 billion… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 19th climate conference in Warsaw will be remembered for not having brought Humanity any closer to a successful climate accord. Posterity will recall it more for discord than agreement: discord with Australia, Japan and Poland for backtracking on their climate targets and walk-out of the environment associations for lack of progress towards the signature… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

European industry is afraid of losing its international competitiveness because of a rising gap between European and American gas and power prices. EU prices for gas, it is claimed, amount to just one third of US shale gas prices. This enormous price differential is bound to undermine the competitiveness of European energy-intensive industries. They will… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 10th November 2013 is likely to enter EU history as the day when an overwhelming majority (483 against 141 and 34 abstentions) of MEPs passed a resolution calling for a single location of the EP. To this end, Article 341 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Institutions, according to which the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The top UN climate official, Ms. Christiana Figueres, has been of an unprecedented “bluntness” when telling coal industry officials that “coal must change rapidly and dramatically”. Her declaration was echoed by a statement distributed by 27 leading scientists from across the world urging that most fossil energy energy reserves have to stay in the ground… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

It has never happened before in any of the preceding climate conferences! Delegates take to hunger strike! Demonstrations have become more vociferous: against Polish coal-fired power plants, Australia scaling back climate targets to ridiculous five per cent reductions of C02 and Japanese further rise of C02 emissions! Finally, Warsaw has shown the beginning of an… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Humanity is lost in a fatal inconsistency. At the very moment when the COP 19 in Warsaw is supposed to define the path towards a low-emission future that would prevent global temperatures from rising beyond two centigrade, the IEA “2013 World Energy Report” projects global energy demand to increase from 13 billion tons oil equivalent… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

From 11 November to 22 November, the 19th international climate conference (COP19) opened in Warsaw – the capital of Poland and the most reticent EU country on climate policies. Two reasons account for the Polish resistance against a resolute climate policy. Conservative intellectuals and media deny the existence of climate change. A conservative periodical –… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 21st century will enter history as the era of total “monetisation”. Every action, every achievement will be coined in monetary terms. With a small majority of 37 to 30 the socialist- dominated parliament of the tiny tourist paradise of Malta has just decided to sell its citizenship at a price of € 650 000.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein