Rhein on Energy and Climate

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In the last 60 years, China’s demographic, health and educational patterns have undergone extraordinary changes. From being a country with the fastest demographic on earth, with a fertility rate of 6 children per woman in 1950, its population has now started falling with a fertility rate of only 1.5 children, comparable to that of most… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

As expected after the demonstration of power by major airline countries in Moscow February 28-29th China has not waited long before taking retaliatory action against the EU imposition of emission caps on Chinese carriers` flights to EU airports. Two multi-billion Chinese orders for Airbus planes are at stake. The Chinese government has blocked the authorisation… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After hydro power wind energy presently constitutes the biggest source of renewable energy on earth, ahead of PV electricity. The EU is the biggest producer of wind energy, China coming second. Both register extraordinary growth rates. Installed wind capacity accounts for 4 per cent of total power capacity in China and 5 per cent in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

1. The EU is likely to approve its second climate package by March 2009. This will constitute a huge step forward for the EU and for the world. It will be the most comprehensive piece of climate policy ever adopted so far, whatever its shortcomings may be. The EU will have the legal and administrative… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Everybody had expected the Chinese to be the most successful in collecting golden, silver and bronze and medals. In fact, they were: winning 100 medals altogether. But in relation to their population of 1.3 billion and their an unprecedented national focus on being number One, their success pales compared to the remarkable achievements of European… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

By 2010 latest China will have overtaken the USA as the biggest emitter of C02. That is inescapable, as its emissions keep rising with the ultra-rapid increase of its GDP, while those of the USA have started flattening thanks to slower growth and rising energy efficiency. Both countries combined account for around 40 percent of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein