27 April, 2007
- 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 renewal of nuclear, a point which could lead to conflicts with his coalition party CDU/CSU (the party of Chancellor Merkel). With a 40% reduction by 2020, Germany will go beyond the targets set by the EU-27 in their March Council.
More on this in Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
- Climate fever has hit yet another victim as the holy Vatican discovered the global warming issue in a special closed-door seminar. Urging the world to “respect God’s creation”, Pope Benedict promised to green the Catholic Church. I wonder if the Vatican and his leader will also have the courage to link their new environmentalism to the question of the world’s population growth and its limited resources. As long as the Church does not recognise and address this issue, I will consider the Vatican’s new “greenness” as no more and no less than clever PR. More on the Vatican’s green conversion in The Guardian.