Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Climate change has traditionally divided the American political elite. If Republicans had acknowledged that citizens are responsible for climate change the US would no longer be the “villain of the game”, and global climate change would have been better addressed. Instead, Americans continue to ignore their responsibility for the worsening of the global climate. She… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Since the early days of civilisation human beings have been keen to erect impressive buildings,which have become ever taller over the centuries. With the the construction of the “New Kingdom Tower” in Jeddah that is expected to be completed 2018 and rise to 1007 metre architects and city planners are likely to have reached a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Europe is enjoying a level of price stability and low interest rates rarely seen since the end of World War II. Wages, pensions, rents etc. do not require permanent adjustments to rising prices, an advantage we are not fully appreciating. Citizens are no longer deceived by monetary illusions. The Euro has lost very little of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After very long, extensive and complicated negotiations the EU has finally signed the association and free trade agreements with three countries south of Russia on June 27th 2014. All the three consider this signature only as a step toward their final goal of joining the European Union. This desire is perfectly logical. Experience tells them… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On April 25th, the President of the “Ukrainian Association of energy efficient cities”, which groups 35 small towns with a total population of two million people, has addressed a plea to the EU to launch an urgent twinning programme for sharing energy efficiency know-how, resources and professional skills to address the Ukrainian energy crisis. The… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Since the end of February, when President Yanukovych left the country, Ukraine has been caught in a spiral declining public order close to civil war. Russia has no doubt been a major, though invisible player behind he scenes. Through skilful “exploitation” of Russian speaking Ukrainians in the Crimea and Eastern provinces it has helped destabilising… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein