3E Intelligence

I have been following with fascination what happened in the stock markets last week. Is the share markets turmoil just one of the those healthy corrections or is it the beginning of a 1929 crash after the financial wild west of the last 10 years? The jury is still out. The most interesting blog contribution… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

My apologies for not posting much in the last two weeks but i have been quite busy preparing the professional future of this blog. I moderated a conference last week in Brussels on the future of urban public transport. The conference was organised by one of the main European lobbying organisations on public transport. As… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Climate change Olympics?

Government representatives, parliamentarians and business leaders of more than 20 countries will be meeting in Washington from 14-15 February to debate climate change and energy security. Since the publication of the Stern report on the costs of climate change, the new majority in the American Congress and the recent IPCC report, climate fever has once… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With the latest IPCC report behind us, there seems to be little doubt that the scientific debate is over and that it is now up to political, business and NGO leaders to come up with real actions instead of slogans. But do they already understand how radical the needed reforms will be and if they… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Since it became politically fashionable in the 1980s, the word “sustainable” has become so vague and misused that several ecologists have advised to give it up alltogether. American journalist and writer Richard Heinberg tries to rehabilitate the the term in one of his latest essays. He offers five axioms of sustainability which should form the… » read more

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After months of difficult negotiations, the Netherlands will get a new centre-left government. Former Prime Minister Balkenende has reached a coalition agreement with the social-democrats of opposition leader Bos and a smaller religious party, the Christian Union. According to Dutch newspaper NRC, the new government will spend more than 850 million euros for environment and… » read more

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In an interview with German newspaper “Bild am Sonntag”, EU environment commissioner Dimas has urged the current President of the EU, Germany, to take more leadership in combating climate change. The Greek environment commissioner is currently fighting two battles with the German government: one on Germany’s new commitments for the European emissions trading scheme and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In Paris, 46 countries urged the world to give the UN’s environment agency more powers to combat global warming. The Paris Declaration calls for a world-wide mobilisation against the ecological crisis. Read Le Monde for more. Do we really need another bureaucratic talkshop?

Posted by Willy De Backer