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(Not only) the Middle East: Water over gold
Addressing the water crisis requires the cooperation of the whole region
Climate change affects almost every country in the world, and the MENA region, which includes the Middle East and the North Africa, is no exception. On the contrary, the countries ... [read more]
The idea of sector coupling refers to electrification and integration of more energy consuming sectors in an economy. Sector coupling has recently become one of the hotly discussed topics among policymakers and indeed, many believe that energy supply and end-use integration is essential for ... [read more]
On 26th January, the German coal commission published a plan, announcing a complete phase-out from coal by 2026. Active capacity will be reduced progressively, from the current 42.6 GW, to 30 GW by 2020 to 17 GW by 2030, until finally all coal power plants will stop operating by 2038.
The plan ... [read more]
The relationship between us and the planet is changing. Humankind has entered a new geological age as humans are now a new planetary force driving major changes and forces of the Earth. What does that mean for our future? Complex environmental issues like climate change are “forcing all humans ... [read more]
The choice of French voters to pick Emmanuel Macron as their new president should bring a significant boost for transition to renewable energy in the country. While Marine Le Pen had firmed before her position as a strong advocate of nuclear power, the former minister of economy has endorsed the ... [read more]
In 1882, the first coal-fired power plant opened in London. And on Friday, 21st April 2017, for the first time in its history, Britain has gone a full day without using coal for electricity generation. “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a ... [read more]
Over the last years, the UK has been one of the most active European Union Member States in climate change policy and energy talks and it has often led the way forward. Some policies successfully implemented by the British legislation were later proposed by the European Commission for all the EU ... [read more]
Peace, Justice and Security Foundation gala,
The Hague, 5 September 2016
I wish to address this short statement to Mr. Geert Wilders, his acolytes, indeed to all those like him – the populists, demagogues and political fantasists.
To them, I must be a sort of nightmare. I am ... [read more]