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Could NATO send rapid-reaction armed forces into developing countries to protect Western oil and gas interests? This has to be some idiot claim made by some radical leftist conspiracy-believers, no? Well, not really. In reality it was NATO’s own Jamie Shea, who made the announcement during a conference in London last week (see Foreign Policy:… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

French President Nicholas Sarkozy today presented his new cabinet. One of the positive surprises is the nomination of former Prime Minister Alain Juppé to lead a superministery for ecology and sustainable development including environmental, energy, transport and land planning policies. One of Mr Juppé’s main priorities will be to work towards an international agreement to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Former US President Bill Clinton announced the creation of a 5 billion $ programme for making existing building in 15 major cities more energy-efficient. Great, but why is it that all these Presidents and Prime Minister always wake up AFTER they have been in power? I wonder what “green cause” Tony Blair will embrace. More… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Government leaders have five years left to make the right decisions and prevent “energy apocalypse”, says a new report published by green NGO WWF on 15 May. Read the Climate Solutions report. Another report, though, warns that alarmist messages on climate change are having the opposite effect and are making people apathetic. The report produced… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

US President Bush wants his federal agencies to come up with concrete plans to cut gasoline consumption from cars in a direct response to an April Supreme Court Ruling stating that the Environmental Protection Agency could regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. But environmentalists and Democrats see no “green Bush” yet. Read… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The European Union should be applauded for refusing to sign a very weak compromise text at the 15th annual session of the United Nations’ Commission on Sustainable Development on Friday 11 May. The fact that the environment minister of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe was elected to chair the UN’s sustainability body – much to the dismay… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Mayors and representatives from more than 40 big cities will meet in New York from 14-17 May to exchange experiences in dealing with their rising greenhouse gas emissions. Megacities are responsible for more than two thirds of all the world’s emissions. The C40 Large Cities Climate Change summit has a special website with interesting case… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One month after the surprising report on coal reserves by the German Energy Watch Group, there is another report predicting a less rosy future for the black gold. According to Richard Heinberg on Global Public Media, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre will, within the next few days, publish a new report “The Future of… » 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