Rhein on Energy and Climate

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With the presentation on June 18th of a comprehensive energy transition programme the French energy minister has started to fulfil promises made during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. The programme is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion on European energy and climate policy beyond 2020 and the preparation for the decisive international climate conference… » 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

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

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

From November 11 to 22, Warsaw will host the 19th UN Climate Conference. It will follow the usual bureaucratic agenda that allows for little time to deal with the essentials. This time, moreover, it will spend more time on “climate adaptation”, a sign that the organisers have increasing doubts about Man’s ability to mitigate climate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Policy makers should stop talking about “climate policy”. It is energy policy that matters to preserve the global climate. It should secure our energy supply without causing havoc to environment. It is still too much focused on providing low-priced energy. Climate scientists tell us convincingly that Humanity must stop emitting greenhouse gases long before the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein