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I was quite surprised this week when I attended a conference organised by the Greens in the European Parliament and saw them do the lobbying for a grand solar industrial project which I think still has a lot of uncertainties and even environmental dangers. The DESERTEC project [see Wikipedia FR] aims at building huge concentrating… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In Hamburg, 25 metropolitan regions committed themselves to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before 2050.  Delegates of cities such as Amsterdam, Lyon, Stockholm, Hamburg, Frankfurt or München signed the joined declaration during a special climate change conference of the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (METREX). So, another piece of evidence that… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

How can Europe lead on the necessary transition to a carbon-constrained economic future when the policy measures needed might undermine the competitiveness of European industries? This was the subject of a major conference “Towards a global low carbon economy” organised as the closing event of the EU Commission’s high-level group on competitiveness, energy and the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One week before the climate summit in Bali, the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) will be presenting a report on the UK government’s efforts to reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets (6O% by 2050). The report recognises the business opportunities related to the fight against climate change and proposes new nuclear power plants as one… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Remember the hippie movement of 1967? Those naive, young but well-meaning guys and boys who believed in “making love, not war” at a time when the US was fighting one of its dirtiest wars in Asia? Well, I guess a lot of these guys and boys now are running big businesses (or advising them) and still… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

There are three ways of looking at the new greenhouse emission figures presented by the UN’s climate change secretariat yesterday. The pessimist will observe that the “total greenhouse gas emissions of 40 industrialized countries rose to a near all-time high in 2005” and that the trend since 2000 is going in the wrong direction, notwithstanding all… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Gordon Green?

UK political commentators are rather sceptical about yesterday’s “green conversion” of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The Labour governments of Mr Blair and now Mr Brown have been talking loads about the need to tackle climate change but their delivery record has not been as impressive as their rhetoric. Can Gordon Brown become Gordon Green? Read… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Can one write something new about the latest synthesis report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Not really. Not only is it just repeating what was in the three earlier reports this year (although maybe with a bit more political courage), but what it confirms is already known for years (although some still need… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer