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A few interesting stories caught my eye over the Easter weekend (which was pretty Xmas-like here in Brussels with snow and winter-like temperatures): At the end of last week, the International Herald Tribune reported about a few older “young boys” on some exotic island “plotting to save the planet”, but only if they could make… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I already argued in earlier posts that population is the big taboo in our climate/energy crisis. Fortunately, there are some organisations which have the courage and leadership to address the issue, although I still feel they lack the political answers to deal with this issue. A new report by the UK’s Optimum Population Trust shows… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

“Not an environment scare story” is the ironic title of the Independent’s coverage of the fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) assessment published by the United Nations Environment Programme on 25 October. The report makes indeed for some pretty dire reading. Climate change, population explosion, declining availablity of water, biodiversity loss, growing pollution… » 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

I was moderating a debate on road transport in Brussels this week and mentioned in my conclusions that future transport policies should take into consideration potential higher oil prices because of the oil demand/supply crunch to be expected in the future (see also the recent IEA report on which I wrote a blog post earlier… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Shell’s CEO Jeroen van de Veer has a remarkable editorial in The Times today, pointing to three “hard truths” about the future of energy. First of all, “global demand for energy is growing, but the reality of how fast hasn’t really sunk in”. Secondly, “the growth rate of supplies of “easy oil”, conventional oil and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

At a conference in Brussels today, I raised the question of the link between the growing world population and global warming. Because I mentioned China’s one-child-family policy as one of the arguments used by the Chinese to put the blame on the Western industrialised world, I got an answer from German Christian-Democrat MEP Peter Liese… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

As scientists are witnessing signs of accelerating climate change (see BBC News “Arctic melt faster than forecast“), it becomes more and more questionable whether our political and economic elites will be structurally able to deal with this challenge. Even if some of them are now able to think in terms of the “inconvenient truth”, there… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Germany’s environment minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a new 8-point plan to reduce his country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2020 (compared to 1990). Energy efficiency, renewables, modernising coal and gas power plants and CHP (combined heat and power) are the key solutions put forward in the plan. Social-Democrat Gabriel sees no chances for a… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer