Rhein on Energy and Climate

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For the first time in its 50 year history the majority of EU member states is confronted with the risk of an unsustainable debt burden. Most member states have the “constitutional debt limits” imposed by the Maastricht treaty almost 20 years ago, according to which member states must restrain their annual budget deficits to a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The Final Declaration approved at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh proposes a framework for “strong, sustainable and balanced growth” as the basic paradigm for the 21st century. But in the long term, global economic growth cannot be sustainable. It is bound to run into increasing ecological constraints. A system is sustainable as long as it… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Despite the positive signals of demographic stabilisation in the developed world and China, global population keeps increasing at an unsustainable rate. Every year it grows by about 80 million, the equivalent of the German population. UN projections for 2050 expect global population to reach more than 10 billion in the worst hypothesis, 8.4 billion in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein