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In less than six months the 200-odd parties of the UNFCCC will meet once again to discuss on how to cope with the earth’s most pressing challenge: halting climate change. This time, they will get together in Qatar, a country that has the highest per capita C02 emissions and an absence of effective policies to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With China and and the USA starting their phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in October 2012, the world will soon be without the venerable lighting system that has been with us since the19th century when Humphrey Davy invented the arc lighting (1806) and Thomas Edison made it safer and commercially viable (1879). Much more energy-efficient… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After years of controversial political debate, China has its carbon tax! It has taken the courage of Julia Gillard, the socialist prime minister since 2010, to get there. As of July 1. 2012, 294 companies and municipal councils will be subject to a A$ 23 tax per ton of C02. That is more than twice… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

European Energy and Climate Policy are not in good shape. Commission, European Parliament and member States are at odds about the objectives to pursue and the best means to implement them. There is no agreement about increasing the target for reducing green house gas emissions to 25 per cent until 2025, Poland remaining dead against.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Just in time for the Rio+ 20 Conference on sustainable development UNEP has published the latest data on investments in renewable power in 2011. These paint an overall positive picture: Investments have increased by 17 per cent over 2010, despite a stagnating global economy. Solar power accounted for roughly two thirds of the investments, continuing… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Climate change and the 2008 financial crisis in the US are cataclysmic developments that were foreseeable long before they fully erupted in the open. But while the consequences of the US financial crisis are reversible this will not be the case for climate change. Beyond a critical point it will become impossible to restore the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On June 20-21st the international community will remember the 20th anniversary of the last UN Conference on Development and Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro. There is little reason to celebrate this anniversary. Though we have witnessed stunning economic progress in East Asia, the Gulf and several Latin American countries, the inequalities of living conditions on… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein