Shunning Nuclear Power Will Lead to a Warmer World

The phasing out and shutting down of the nuclear power industry has become a trend in many countries. This decision seems to be based on irrational fears as environmental and health damage caused by nuclear accidents and nuclear waste is … Continue reading

Agriculture—Meeting the Water Challenge

On average agriculture utilizes 70 per cent of the world’s available fresh water. About 40 per cent of water used in irrigation is wasted through unsustainable practices. This mismanagement – but also an increasing world population, improved affluence and the … Continue reading

A set-aside for the EU ETS?

The EU ETS wants to stimulate the development of low-emission energy technologies. The logic behind it is that an auction of a fixed supply of emission allowances – determined by an ambition level – keeps the price of carbon high, … Continue reading

A clear and fair incentive to pollute less

All sectors will need to contribute. In the absence of a multilateral agreement on a legal framework for reducing emissions from the aviation sector thus far, the EU has brought the aviation sector into the emissions trading system. This is … Continue reading

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

From Holocene to Anthropocene – considering human effect on the planet. Degraded agricultural lands, industrial wastelands, and recreational landscapes become characteristic of Earth’s terrestrial surface. Where wilderness remains, it’s often only because exploitation is still unprofitable. The name change would … Continue reading

That Crooked Carrot Is Also Food

Annual food waste worldwide: 1.3 billon tons. About one-third of all the food is wasted in industrialised countries like the UK and the USA. The problem is basically a lack of respect for food – at consumer level – partly … Continue reading

The European Public’s opinion about CCS

Public awareness: on average one out of ten knows what CCS is (survey result in 12 Member States of the EU). In the Netherlands over half of the people knew what CCS is, but no other country is anywhere near … Continue reading