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Better assessment of the environmental impacts of wind farms is needed, according to a new US study undertaken by the National Research Council for the American Congress. Wind energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions but strong growth of wind parks could become a danger for some bat and bird species. The American Wind Energy Association… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In Bangkok, climate change scientists and country delegates have reached on deal on the third IPCC report for this year. The 35-page report describes the urgent actions needed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to acceptable levels and the costs this would incur on the global economy. More in International Herald Tribune and CNN.… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Remember the 1966 Lelouch movie “Un homme et une femme”? What an experience when I saw it the first time end of the 60s: exciting, new, a revelation. A few years ago, I saw it again and to my disappointment, the same movie revisited now is perfectly boring and shallow. That was exactly the feeling… » 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

The joint declaration on energy security, efficiency and climate change issued at the end of the EU-US summit cannot hide the fact that the Bush administration remains unconvinced by Mrs Merkel’s and President Barroso’s arguments and targets for climate change mitigation. In the same day as the signing of this EU-US diplomatic agreement, American government… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer