Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Among the 27 EU member states Germany pursues the most ambitious climate targets. By 2020 its C02 emissions should be 40 percent below 1990 levels. To that end, the government bets on a variety of actions ranging from C02 taxes, feed-in tariffs for renewable energy and, last not least, a programme for the energetic overhaul… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In 2010, Australia has been haunted by two unprecedented natural catastrophes, a severe drought in February and a flood of biblical dimensions in December. The latter has flooded an area of the size of France and Germany combined, fortunately very sparsely populated, but still causing damage to agriculture in the order of $ 1 billion… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Starting January 1st 2011, tiny Estonia has joined the Euro zone as its 17th member country. After Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia it is the fifth Euro country among the 14 countries that have joined the EU after 2003. By joining the Euro zone Estonia fulfils the commitments taken in 2004 to introduce the Euro… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The unusually harsh 2010 winter in Europe has led to much higher consumption of coal and gas to warm homes and offices, and it naturally leads one to query about the ways our children and grandchildren will heat their homes 40 years from today. The European Union aims at reducing its CO2 emissions by at… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Over the coming 30 years the volume of intra- European passenger and goods traffic is expected to rise substantially, due to more intensive economic activity and leisure time. Most of the extra traffic will turn to the roads, thereby causing more saturation, traffic jams, C02 emissions and other environmental nuisances. The top priority for European… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

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

Most European citizens have no clear idea how “rich” the country they live in is compared to the other 26 EU member states. And few will score 100% when asked to give the correct rating for each of the 27. Thanks to a comparative EUROSTAT analysis of per capita incomes (in purchasing power parities) in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein