After a long, not so green week, the Risk Monger has selected some of the best and worst moments with a suggestion for next year’s theme.
What sort of Luddite would argue not to worry about the loss of biodiversity? No one. That then allows well-meaning public officials to propose any measures to address biodiversity loss. Who after all would oppose them? Well, allow me to try.
The EU Commission wants the EU to reduce C02 emissions beyond the 20 percent over 1990 defined so far as the EU target for 2020, but without reciprocity from other industrialised countries, which it had asked for until now. Four main reasons would militate in favour of a more ambitious approach: • Higher oil and… » read more
Finally, the oil price of $ 140/barrel does what 10 years of international climate policy have failed to achieve. Citizens across the planet are becoming aware that oil is an increasingly scarce resource that must not to be wasted. They finally realise that high oil prices are there to stay and that the time of… » read more
I. Humanity is towards a global cataclysm. It will be impossible to contain the rise of global temperature within the EU target two centigrade, unless the major emission countries take draconian and urgent action, without further delay. During 2002-06, global C02 emissions have been rising at an average annual rate of 3.6 percent, a bit… » read more
This is the message that nine internationally renowned climate scientists address to the world after a thorough analysis of palaeo-climate data. The C02 content in the atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm in pre-industrial times to 385 ppm today. A quarter of the C02 emitted stays in the atmosphere for several centuries, cumulating with any… » read more
The EU is about to legislate ambitious targets for CO2 emissions from the power and automobile industries. The power sector will have to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent before 2020, and automobile manufacturers will have to streamline their car fleets so that the average car will not emit more than 120 g […] Original… » read more