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The debate over Ukraine has essentially been centred on Russia’s shrewd and illegal take-over of the Crimea and the risk of Russia destabilising the eastern parts of Ukraine with a large share of Russo-phone citizens. Crimea having formally become part of the Russian Federation there is no point shedding tears. Crimea will not come back… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Urban mobility is bound to become one the most pressing global issues in the coming decades. By 2050, three quarters of Humanity are expected to live in urban regions, with detrimental consequences for mobility, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Europe scores substantially better than most other regions on earth; but even in Europe mobility and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

President Obama will enter history as the most committed and successful US President in the fight against Climate Change. His goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020. He will do essentially by exploiting the executive powers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), against tenacious resistance of the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

China has a long reputation of a country severely plagued by air pollution. In 2013 China registered its worst record on air pollution; Beijing is considered the second most polluted city in the world. The air pollution has been the consequence of two decades of super-rapid economic growth without the government addressing its negative by-effects… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The two front-runners for EU Commission President plead for a leaner Commission focusing on more political missions and less on technical paraphernalia. To that end, the number of Commissioners should have been reduced from 2014 onwards to only 21 (two thirds of the number of member states), in conformity with Article 17 of the Lisbon… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When talking about climate change we usually think of electricity, passenger cars, airplanes, but hardly ever of heavy-duty trucks. That is a mistake, for heavy-duty trucks account for a substantial share of C02 emissions from the transport sector, which is second among the key emitters after electricity. So far only Japan has introduced heavy-duty truck… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

While the Government is busy rewriting legislation on the promotion of renewable energies a High-level Group of Scientists appointed by the German Parliament has come out with a radical proposal to abolish the legislation altogether. In recent years, the German legislation has increasingly come under attack because of its high cost for business and normal… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein