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When one follows the international news scene closely, it looks like there are two different worlds being reported about: one where the housing and credit crisis is being played out against a background of inflation fears and worries about a global economic slowdown; the other where spectacularly rising energy and commodity prices underline the energy/climate… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

This year’s CEBIT (the world’s biggest IT technology fair) was all about greening the computer and related technologies’ sector. Although the global ICT industry has discovered the environmental and energy impacts of its production and use, companies still have a long way to go in terms of action, says a new report published during the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The EU is unprepared for future conflicts over energy resources, according to a new report written for the meeting of EU leaders on 13-14 March. The report, seen by the Guardian, predicts that global warming might lead to energy wars, mass migration, failed states and political radicalisation. The report highlights the “scramble” over natural resources… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Inconvenient questions

I am not Al Gore 🙂 and therefore cannot provide you with the “inconvenient truth” but there are a few inconvenient questions that have started to vex me recently as I am thinking and reading more about our global sustainability problematique. Let’s start with a few of my beliefs in order to put my inconvenient… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Now that the EU’s policies on first-generation biofuels is getting more and more headwind, the biofuels advocates in Brussels (and globally) are holding a plea for quicker research and development of cellulosic or second-generation biofuels. In the impact assessment of its 23 January 2008 climate/energy package, the Commission foresees a 30% share of these new… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer