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The most interesting energy news last week dealt with the negative environmental aspects of renewable energies, as Jesse Ausubel, one of the leading US academics on energy and climate change policies, launched a damning attack on the “green” credentials of renewable energy projects. Ausubel looked at the vast areas of land that would have to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Let’s make one thing clear: I think a lot of big companies are starting to understand that they have to change ways and become serious about climate change. I even think that the climate change awareness and the willingness to change is much more advanced amongst big business than it is amongst consumers. The “personal… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The UK’s flooding crisis and the hundreds of heat wave deaths in Central Europe raise the question (again) about the influence of man-made global warming on this freak weather. As governments focus increasingly on adaptation policies (see the European Commission’s recent Green Paper), we should not lose sight of the reason why we will have to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Although population control is still a political taboo within the context of the climate change debate, there are some signs that the issue might start to get more attention. The Observer on Sunday has an interesting story about the new head of the UK Science Museum, Chris Rapley, who advocates reducing world overpopulation by improving contraception, education and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With the European Commission on the verge of publishing its long-awaited communication on sustainabable consumption and production, it should have a look at a new American market research study summarised by Joel Makower on his blog.  The “Going Green” survey organised by market researcher Yankelovich shows that US consumers are not really that concerned and informed as some media… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Are hybrid cars fueled by electricity the future? Yes, according to a new study published in the US by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council which examined the greenhouse gas emissions and air quality impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Read also the good Technology Primer on plug-in hyrbid electric… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In November 2007, the European Commission is due to present its first ideas on what has been called the 2008 “health check” of the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP). The phrase “health check” has been carefully chosen to prevent any fears that the Commission will start a new “review” of its most controversial policy area.… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The publication of a new US report on global oil and gas supplies yesterday confirms that the world economy is on the verge of a new “oil shock”. Coming ten days after the IEA’s gloomy prediction of increasing oil supply tightness by 2012, the National Petroleum Council’s report “Facing the hard truths about energy” admits… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer