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For the last two decades the international community has unsuccessfully attempted to control climate change. The next Climate Conference due to start November 29th in Durban, South Africa, does not augur any better! The failure stems from: the impossibility of reaching a consensus among 200-odd countries with widely divergent interests; the absence of tangible targets… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For two decades US government authorities have indulged in an unbelievable negligence of the banking sector: Banks could place very risky new financial instruments into the market without being called to order by fragmented banking authorities. Similarly, the US government, followed by others, allowed car makers to seduce consumers into buying the most perverse gas… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Crises always have their positive by-effects. Who would have thought only a few months ago that the EU is able to play an effective role in the international arena outside its traditional competence for international trade! And here we see the EU rising to the challenge of three major crises the world is confronted with.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Humanity is living through its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression 1929-33. A decade of complacency, self-deceit and appalling flaws of government regulation and oversight, above all in the USA but also in Europe, have been at the root of the financial disaster that has been unfolding for the past 18 months. It has… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

1. The EU is likely to approve its second climate package by March 2009. This will constitute a huge step forward for the EU and for the world. It will be the most comprehensive piece of climate policy ever adopted so far, whatever its shortcomings may be. The EU will have the legal and administrative… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Only specialists know about INGA, the site for the biggest hydropower potential in the world, situated on the Congo River, some 200 km downstream from Kinshasa. With its 44 GW, it is able to generate more hydropower than either the Itaipu or the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze, so far the biggest hydropower plants… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Everybody had expected the Chinese to be the most successful in collecting golden, silver and bronze and medals. In fact, they were: winning 100 medals altogether. But in relation to their population of 1.3 billion and their an unprecedented national focus on being number One, their success pales compared to the remarkable achievements of European… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein