The ‘Zero-Emission’ Engine Is Almost Ready for Prime Time


 STUTTGART, Germany — At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters here, a showroom display illustrates the rapid evolution of the iconic luxury brand’s hydrogen-fueled cars. In a 1992 prototype, the fuel cell takes up the entire cargo area of a delivery van. Across the room, today’s model — now merely the size of an average television set — is displayed in front of ... Read More »

Do Politicians Give A Shit About Climate Change Now?


The tales of impending doom about manmade climate change are coming down so fast and furious these days that it can be tough to keep up. But the latest terrifying missive (courtesy of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC) is, mercifully, served with a bit of soothing chaser: Apparently, the political will to actually do something about reducing carbon emissions is starting to emerge ... Read More »

UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster

UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster

‘Triple or quadruple renewables’, say experts, as pressure grows for UK to deliver on eco priorities – Jump to comments David Cameron‘s commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy – including windfarms – can prevent a global catastrophe. A report ... Read More »

Reality Check: Central Europe’s Vulnerabilities Toward Russia

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Before Russia’s annexation of Crimea, debates about sanctioning Russia were mostly reserved for foreign policy experts with a penchant for science fiction. Now, those debates have become a reality—and tougher sanctions are on the cards. Nowhere in the EU is the potential effect of these measures more actively discussed than in Central Europe, where the Ukraine crisis has brought to ... Read More »

Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands


Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product. One Netherlands  news report said, ”It looks like you are driving through a fairytale,” which pretty much sums ... Read More »

Is Cypriot Reunification in Sight?


Mapping the Negotiation Path that Lies Ahead Is Cypriot Reunification in Sight?: Mapping the Negotiation Path that Lies Ahead Featuring Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis Greek Cypriot Negotiator for the Cyprus Problem and Former Cypriot Deputy Minister of European Affairs Moderated by Ms. Heather A. Conley Senior Fellow and Director, Europe Program, CSIS Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:30 pm – 2:00 ... Read More »

China city hit by protest over chemical plant vows to talk to citizens

Residents ride past a burning public security kiosk during a protest against a chemical plant project, on a street in Maoming

(Reuters) – Authorities in a protest-stricken city in southern China have promised to communicate better with citizens battling plans for a chemical plant, after protesters complained that violence by law enforcement officials killed several and injured dozens. Images of Sunday’s violence, which surfaced on Chinese social media, but were later deleted by censors, triggered an outcry. The government has said ... Read More »

Scientists struggle to complete climate impacts report


Negotiators worked through the night here in Yokohama in an effort to complete their review of a key report on the impacts of climate change. At stake is a dense 29-page summary detailing the effects of climate change on the planet over the next 100 years. Several hundred members of the UN’s climate panel have been deep in deliberations since ... Read More »

This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine

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The swift annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia is one of the biggest international incidents of recent years, with global condemnation leading to sanctions and the worrying possibility of armed conflict. It raises an uneasy question: Is Crimea worth it? In symbolic terms, it’s a huge loss. The Crimean Peninsula holds an important place in the region’s history, and ... Read More »