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Eberhard Rhein

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Most national embassies and consulates will be closed by 2040 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Day, 10 Hours, 48 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 1 Week, 13 Hours, 43 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 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 33 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 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 18 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 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 53 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 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 8 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 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 33 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...
The climate deal between China and US is not good enough NEW
Eberhard Rhein 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
At the margin of the APEC meeting in Beijing November 8-10th 2014 the US and Chinese Presidents have concluded an “historic” deal on how to address the common challenge of climate change. China will stabilise its green house emissions sta...
Higher petrol excise taxes are more efficient than road toll systems NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 48 Minutes ago
About two thirds of the EU member states are using toll systems for financing the construction and maintenance of highways. National governments monitor the rates being charged; and this functions quite satisfactorily. There is no reason for the EU t...
China can reduce air pollution when it has to NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 58 Minutes ago
From November 3 to 11 Beijing is hosting an APEC Summit, which 20 Heads of Government from the Pacific region will attend. To that end, the local authorities have undertaken utmost efforts to clean up their city, which is one the most polluted on ear...
Governments should benefit from low oil prices to end subsidies NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 58 Minutes ago
With oil prices having declined to less than $90 per barrel, a low level not seen for more than a decade, oil/gas subsidies are becoming a costly affair to countries with high production costs like Russia, Egypt, Yemen, Venezuela, Indonesia. At the s...
Technological breakthroughs against climate change brighten the horizon NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
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 Nan...
The Paris Climate Conference must agree on abolishing fossil energy subsidies NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
During the last years international organisations from IMF to IEA have called for the abolition of subsidies on oil and gas consumption. At its meeting in September 2009, the G20 has also agreed to phase them out in the medium term. Without much avai...
Bulgaria should not go ahead with a second nuclear power plant NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
After seven years of negotiations Bulgaria has signed a provisional contract with the US company Westinghouse to build a 1 GW nuclear power plant to complement the 3.8 GW nuclear capacity of the 40 year old Soviet-built Kozloduy plant, reserving the...
Germany turning into an Electricity Importer NEW
Eberhard Rhein 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Germany is in the beginning of its nuclear phase-out to be completed by 2022. To that end, it has to replace nuclear power accounting for 18% of its electricity supply, compared to more than half from coal, by higher energy efficiency and renewable e...
Brazil drought must set off global climate alarm bells NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
In 2009 Antonio Sobre, one of Brazil’s leading climate scientists, warned his citizens that if the country did not stop deforestation it would experience a catastrophe in five years. Five years later, in October 2014, the centre and south-east...
Stopping tropical deforestation by 2030 NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Since the UN Climate Summit meeting in New York the prospects for halving the rate of tropical deforestation by 2020 and stopping it altogether by 2030 look pretty bright,with 40 major international companies and the US, EU, Canada and Norway lending...
Heating Buildings only to 16 Centigrade? NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, has recently warned his citizens that they might have to do with home temperatures of no more than 16° during the next winter in order to cope with gas and coal shortages, due to the tense economic and financi...
Humanity must stop building new and phase out existing coal power plants NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The UN Climate Summit on September 24, 2014 has once again underlined the threat of global warming and climate change for future generations but stopped short of responses to what constitutes the overriding challenge for Humanity. A mobilisation even...
The ebola outbreak in West Africa is no threat to international peace NEW
Eberhard Rhein 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
On September 18, the UN Security has unanimously passed a resolution, co-sponsored by 131(!) governments, calling the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone a “threat to international peace and security” and asking countrie...