A Broadside for better climate politics

COP27 is over and we have to admit that it is hard to find a good word to say about it. But that's not all. A year of blatant signs of the climate crisis is coming to an end - the writing on the wall is becoming increasingly impossible to miss (without wanting to assign … Continue reading A Broadside for better climate politics

Convergent Evolution of Mutations in Corona Variants

image: new atlas … we may be done with thinking about COVID but SARS-CoV-2 is most certainly not done with us … This rather long article is an exciting history of how the Covid 19 virus mutated. In the first year, it hardly mutated at all. To the best of my recollection, it was even … Continue reading Convergent Evolution of Mutations in Corona Variants

How Italys love of beauty almost killed its solar programme

Image: Annalisa Vicario, wikimedia If you look at the map of European solar radiation, Spain is the most predestined for solar energy and Italy, especially its south, comes right after. But the Italians have their own view on the matter. It all started so well: the country experienced a solar boom with the highest rate of … Continue reading How Italys love of beauty almost killed its solar programme

The Californian Cap&Trade system and its offsetting problems

Credit: Pixabay CC0 / public domain California has a large  Cap & Trade system to lower its emissions. It was established in 2008 as part of the Western Climate Initiative , which includes several US states and Canadian provinces. Interestingly, the then Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was also involved in the foundation. It is now still connected to the corresponding systems in … Continue reading The Californian Cap&Trade system and its offsetting problems

Ukraine: A very serious assessment

This video is a summary of recent military developments in Ukraine in a series of similar analyses by Colonel Dr. Markus Reisner of the "Theresian Military Academy" in Vienna (,the Austrians apparently pay attention to long tradition). It is complete with situation maps, arrows of movement, force strength lists, consideration of various aspects of warfare … Continue reading Ukraine: A very serious assessment

The numbers that count: Fit-for-55 in the EU legislative process

At the moment, the EU taxonomy for energy investments is the talk of the town, with fuzzy but loaded words like "sustainable" and "green". The climate impact of the taxonomy decision is hard to quantify. But it is the numbers that count, and they are in the draft legislation that the Commission published in July … Continue reading The numbers that count: Fit-for-55 in the EU legislative process

Less, Smaller, Lighter: Dematerialization of Products

Less is more when it comes to the climate. We've all seen it: cars got bigger and more, per capita living space grew, eating up all the advances in efficiency, thermal protection &c. In short: demands grew along with possibilities. Now Prof Edgar Hertwich from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Prof Stefan … Continue reading Less, Smaller, Lighter: Dematerialization of Products

About the decision to avoid corona protection measures.

Hefty, albeit brief, argument with a friend. "I want nothing to do with the corona circus! No vaccination, no tests, at most distance, ventilation, masks where needed." I see two mechanisms at work here: The triumph of self-assertion against demands by "the others". A "No!" usually makes us feel better than a reasoned, semi-annoying "Yes." … Continue reading About the decision to avoid corona protection measures.