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The following has been submitted to Blogactiv by Eberhard Rhein. After the meeting of the 17 major emitter countries in London October 18-19 it becomes possible to venture prognostics on the results of the Copenhagen Climate Conference due to start in 50 days. The parties will not sign a comprehensive new climate treaty, as many… » read more

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The announcement, June 10, by the Japanese Prime minister to reduce Japan’s C02 emissions by a mere 8 percent until 2020 over the 1990 baseline has been the final straw to the preparatory climate meeting in Bonn. One day later, Yvo de Boer, the UN Climate Chief, felt obliged to admit that it would be… » read more

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(This is the final chapter in Eberhard Rhein’s Malta Lecture on Climate Change). To tackle climate change effectively, the international community has to act jointly. No individual country has enough clout to reduce global emissions if the rest of the world keeps increasing them. That is what we have seen since 1997 under Kyoto. Governments… » read more

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(This is the fifth of six chapters in Eberhard Rhein’s Malta lecture series.) The technologies for generating low or zero-carbon energy exist. But will they be applied? Not only marginally but at the global scale required to successfully mitigate climate change? That depends essentially on the type of incentives governments offer. Without much higher prices… » read more

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This is the fourth of six chapters in Eberhard Rhein’s Malta lecture series. Preliminary Remarks Humanity has the means to do without fossil energy. It will have to do so anyhow within the next 200 years or earlier because of the progressive depletion of fossil energy resources. To do so will require a huge international… » read more

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Blogactiv wants to help its readers to better understand the world. Climate change is one of the big challenges of this century and it is a complex issue. It is therefore appropriate to give an overview. Eberhard Rhein, who regularly writes on energy and climate, had lectured on the subject in Malta earlier this spring.… » read more

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