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The Race for the tallest Building should soon end NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Days, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
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 complet...
China must de-carbonise its economy NEW
Eberhard Rhein 5 Days, 15 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
That is what Pheng Guagong, Head of the Meteorological Administration, has demanded March 22 in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency. Climate change is a serious threat for China. The temperature rises already higher than the global average. Drou...
Small European countries enjoy most happiness NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
In recent years social scientists and policy makers have thought about the major objectives of socio-economic policy and come to the conclusion that the maximisation of per capita income should not be the only objective to be pursued. In 2012/13 the...
Beware of Egyptian Euphoria NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
From March 13th to 15th 2015 Egypt held a jumbo meeting in Sharm-el-Sheikh, gathering 2000 investors, bankers, officials, ministers, royalties and heads of government from some 100 countries to celebrate a “new” Egypt. The purpose of this...
Poland should phase out its ailing Coal Industry by 2035 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Coal is the most polluting fossil energy. It emits roughly twice as much CO2 as gas. From a climate point of view mankind should therefore urgently get rid of coal. This will not be easy as coal is the cheapest fossil energy, which reflects its ample...
Deforestation is the main Cause of Sao Paulo Water Shortage NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
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 Ame...
China to challenge the World at Paris Climate Conference NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
In the last few years China, the biggest emitter of green house gases, has been revolutionising its energy sector in a way that deserves respect from the international community. At the Paris Climate Conference it is likely to impress the parties by...
Fighting addiction to smoking and fossil energy NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 45 Minutes ago
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 c...
Governments must hurry and tax ultra-cheap oil NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes ago
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 opport...
The Catholic Church should review its Encyclica of Human Life NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Minutes ago
It is 50 years since Pope Paul VI proclaimed the famous Encyclica of human life asking the 1.2 billion Catholics living today on earth to regulate births exclusively by “natural means”, i.e. abstaining from sexual intercourse during the p...
A plea for concrete climate action in Paris NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes ago
In the 21st century the international community will increasingly have to cope with issues going beyond the scope of individual or groups of states. These issues should be dealt with by UN; but the UN is handicapped by the absence of a proper politic...
Paris Climate Conference must adopt a more constructive Format NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes ago
In 11 months from now the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) will have terminated its work. The French President and the UN Secretary General will have hailed it as a success. But it seems prudent to anticipate another failure. On the basis of the pro...
Slowing population growth working against climate change NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
World population is expected to increase by one third until the middle of the century, from 7.3 to to 9.5 billion. This is bound to have a negative impact on climate change. Population will essentially continue growing in poor countries whose green h...
Most national embassies and consulates will be closed by 2040 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The EU and its 28 member states maintain the most extensive network of diplomatic representations on earth. This situation will become financially unsustainable and no longer necessary after the creation of the European External Action Service which...
Effective climate policy requires action by governments and people NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
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 wi...
Reforming European corporate income taxation NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The recent revelations about complex financial transactions of some 300 major companies profiting from differentials between corporate income tax bases and rates among member states and specific tax deals reducing their tax bill raise questions about...
Low oil and fossil fuel prices are a climate poison NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Within a few months oil prices have seen a precipitous decline from $ 100/barrel to $ 70/barrel. While consumers across the globe may rejoice, this development is bound to be judged with serious misgivings by the 2000 diplomats meeting as of today in...
Higher inflation does not guarantee more jobs NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
On Friday (21 November) Mario Draghi, the ECB President, has provoked fireworks at EU stock exchanges after promising he would do all in his power to push inflation in the Euro – zone up to 2%, the ceiling considered as the “target”...
Ukraine will scrap gas subsidies NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
For many years Ukraine has wasted huge amounts of energy through exorbitant subsidies on gas consumption, coupled with in-transparent multiple gas prices and large-scale corruption. Due to these factors, Ukraine has become one of the most wasteful en...
New G20 ‘commitments’ on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies are worthless NEW
Eberhard Rhein 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
At the Pittsburgh G 20 meeting in September 2009 the heads of government had agreed to phase out subsidies on fossil fuels by 2020. At that time, the global volume of these climate-damaging consumption subsidies amounted to $ 300 annually, mostly in...