Rhein on Energy and Climate

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The Sao Paulo metropolitan area, with its 20 million people population one of the biggest and most densely inhabited urban concentrations on earth, is being haunted by a devastating drought which threatens to put an end to the prosperity of Latin America’s fastest growing economic hub. For a big city that has indulged in excessive… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Mankind is exposed to two mortal addictions: smoking and burning fossil energy. In recent years Europe and other industrialised countries have started coming to grips with them while emerging countries have seen both addictions worsen. Germany is a case in point for a successful campaign against the two plagues. Within two decades the number of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

International oil prices have declined to $ 50/barrel, levels not seen for years; but governments fail to neutralise these ultra-low prices by raising excise taxes. They seem to be much more interested in pleasing consumers than in seizing the opportunity for reducing their budget deficits and fighting climate change. This is irresponsible! Have governments completely… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

COP 20, the 20th annual climate conference, has started in Lima in a mood of increasing realism. Those who still believe in containing global warming within two degrees Celsius target are becoming rarer. The issue becomes more and more if Humanity will get away with acceptable conditions of survival or succumb to famine, non-ending natural… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Humanity will be unable to combat climate change without profound transformations in the way it generates energy. Two such transformations have been recently announced, one in Singapore, the other in USA. In Singapore, a team of scientists of the Nanyang Technological University have developed a new type of ultra-fast recharging batteries which are claimed to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the last 50 years global energy demand has risen at an unprecedented pace and is expected to continue rising further in the wake of growing world population and prosperity. These trends are not sustainable. The energy resources (coal, oil, gas, uranium) are finite and burning them is bound to accelerate climate change to a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The USA is getting serious with tackling climate change. Just in time for the next International Climate Conference in November in Warsaw, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strict emission standards for new power. To meet these standards, power plants will have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 40% to roughly 500g… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Hardly noticed in Europe, India, China and Indonesia, the three biggest Asian countries, have most recently raised their gasoline prices. This unpopular measure had become necessary in view of rising world market prices, excessive budget subsidies or current account deficits. The persistent preaching by the IMF against fossil fuel subsidies might also have had some… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein