Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Doing business as usual will be a recipe for failure at the decisive climate meeting in Paris next December. 20 previous world climate conferences have shown this; and the two-week Bonn preparatory meeting of environment ministers in in May has offered very little hope for an outcome that will prevent an unsustainable temperature rise in… » 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

This year’s Frankfurt Automobile Show has been marked by an impressive presentation of electric cars. New manufacturers like BMW and Volkswagen have entered the fray, with considerable delay, to contest the dominant position of incumbents like Nissan/Renault, Daimler and GM. No major manufacturer can any longer afford not to offer a range of electric cars.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The landslide victory of the Australian Conservatives in September 6th parliamentary elections risks having negative ramifications for Australian and global climate policy. One of the priorities of the new government will be the repeal of the unpopular carbon tax, which has been introduced in July 2012 by the outgoing Labour government and is credited with… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Bees are in danger of global extermination, particularly in Europe and North America. Without bees Humanity will not be able to feed itself. Albert Einstein is on record to have said 100 years ago that Humanity would not survive more than four years if bees were to disappear, as they pollinate 70 per cent of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

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