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Eberhard Rhein

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Fighting addiction to smoking and fossil energy NEW
Eberhard Rhein 5 Days, 16 Hours, 16 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 6 Days, 16 Hours, 26 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 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 51 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 1 Week, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 1 Minute 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 1 Week, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 1 Minute 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 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 26 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 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 16 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 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 11 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 Month, 4 Weeks, 6 Hours, 1 Minute 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 Months, 20 Hours, 46 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 Months, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 21 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 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 36 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 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 1 Minute 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 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 1 Minute 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 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 16 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 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 26 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 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 26 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 3 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 11 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 3 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 10 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 3 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 11 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...