U.S. & China prospected emission-reduction goals

November 20, 2009


The Obama administration is likely to offer emission-reduction targets at next month’s climate summit in Copenhagen, as long as the Chinese offer a proposal of their own.

U.S. reluctance to set a short-term emissions goal has been a sticking point in the U.N.-sponsored talks for nearly a year. Almost all industrialized nations, and many developing countries, have announced plans to curb their greenhouse-gas output by 2020. Neither the United States nor China — which is not obligated to do so under the U.N. framework, even though it ranks as the world’s biggest emitter — has done so, thereby hampering the prospects of an agreement… Read more at the Washington Post

Package of energy projects

During talks in Beijing, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao endorsed a package of energy projects, including deals on clean coal and electric vehicles. Environmental analysts say the talks offer new hope the two countries will soon offer targets on emissions reduction… Read more at American Voice

Supplementary: Previous coverage on Obama’s China visit

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


Barack Obama in China – Shanghai & Beijing

November 17, 2009


Handpicked audience in Shanghai

Barack Obama held a historic town hall with around 500 Chinese students in Shanghai yesterday in which he discussed how the free flow of information actually makes countries stronger. The town hall was a more subdued affair than similar events in the States; as the New York Times noted, “the audience seemed handpicked by the government and many were members of the Communist Youth League, which is closely affiliated with President Hu Jintao.”… More at HuffPost (PHOTOS)  

Obama and China’s Hu Jintao pledge stronger ties

The two presidents agree to cooperate on nuclear and climate issues. But differences over trade and human rights are also evident at the meeting in Beijing (Los Angeles Times)  

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

The World’s Best Universities (PHOTOS & POLL)

November 7, 2009

This week, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published its 2009 list of the best 500 universities. The annual ranking, which is in its seventh year, began at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an attempt to measure the performance of Chinese post-secondary education relative to the rest of the world. But according to The Economist, it’s since become “the most widely used annual ranking of the world’s research universities.”

Which isn’t to say the ARWU methodology is without its critics. One researcher reported that the results “cannot be reproduced,” and others have pointed out that the criteria used to determine the ranking, which include counting how many Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals have been won, as well as the number of articles published in Nature and Science, by staff and graduates, skew the results toward science and mathRead more at Huffington Post  

Supplementary:  Ranking – European leadership college ESMT

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Triumph of Freedom – New Partnership in Europe

November 2, 2009


Germany’s Federal President Horst Koehler spoke in the presence of George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl in Berlin on October 31.


Area of security, freedom and prosperity from

Vancouver to Vladivostok

Cultural exchange between Eastern and Western Europe is as vibrant and creative as it was in its heyday. You can sense this particularly here in Berlin, but by far not just here. The number of visits and joint economic projects is growing and growing. And there can be no doubt that West and East can achieve much to the advantage of both sides. If we manage to extend trans-European transport networks, to put energy supplies on a firm footing and strengthen the economic and social convergence and coherence of all European countries, then Europe has an almost unprecedented opportunity to thrive.

The European Union and Russia should commit to such cooperation. If we manage together to tap the natural riches of our continent – first and foremost the talents of its citizens – if we manage together to end the plundering of natural resources and advocate justice and freedom, then Europe will reap global respect and influence and be a key pillar of the new international order.

The new partnership in Europe will also open the way for honest dialogue on democracy and human rights. Frank discussion on these issues is part of a partnership between equals. We also engage in this discussion with all others, with the United States for example, with China and with the Arab world. Our insistence on this is not some kind of bothersome appendage to our economic exchange. It is at the very core of our self-understanding, it is an important part of what we are. We know democracy and the rule of law cannot be imposed from the outside, they have to grow from within. But we also know this is no comfort to those who are forcibly silenced, who are not given a fair hearing, who have no political rights. Those are the people we ask about, it is for them that we push for change, that is something we will never give up… Read the full speech   

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Global Investments into Solar Energy

October 2, 2009


Solar Millennium is specialised in parabolic trough power plants, a proven and future-oriented technology, in which the Group holds a globally leading position. Besides the three Andasol projects in Spain, a parabolic trough power plant is being built in Egypt and various further projects with an overall capacity of more than 2,000 Megawatts worldwide are in the planning phase with focus on Spain, USA, China and North-Africa. In the future, solar thermal power plants in the south will contribute to middle Europe’s electricity supply… Read more

Share price development: Frankfurt

The Energy System Conversion

Solar thermal power plants are the only solar technology capable of large scale power generation. Although electricity from photovoltaic cells is well-suited to decentralized solutions, it still contributes less than one tenth of a percent of the power generation in Germany despite massive support. In contrast, solar thermal power plants are able to generate solar energy in large quantities on a cost-effective basis. Solar power from sunny countries can be transported to less sunny regions. This strategy helps to make power supplies both more environmentally-friendly and more sustainable, as well as provide stability due to its diversified energy mix and reduction of dependency on fossil fuels. Solar energy is almost inexhaustible… (Energy Market)


Siemens announced in July that it is participating in the Desertec industrial initiative. Siemens is developing here together with other industrial companies on a technological and financial concept for providing clean power for Europe and Africa from solar-thermal power plants in the Sahara and wind farms in northern Africa. (AZoM.com) 

The Desertec Concept describes the perspective of a sustainable supply of electricity for Europe (EU), the Middle East (ME) and North Africa (NA) up to the year 2050. It shows that a transition to competitive, secure and compatible supply is possible using renewable energy sources and efficiency gains, and fossil fuels as backup for balancing power…

 Supplementary:  Desertec – Strom aus der Wüste

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Global Navigation Agreements at G20 Summit in Pittsburgh

September 26, 2009


The steering committee of the global financial system, i.e., the leaders of the 20 largest economies reached a series of agreements, yesterday, aimed at navigating the world out of recession and onto the path of recovery.

G-20 Grabs Bigger Role In Global Economy – excerpt  –

Nations to Collaborate To Ward Off Future Crises

The global economy has become stable enough, however, for the leaders to turn their attention to preventing future crises. The United States and European nations were able to settle differences over how best to stem irresponsible risk-taking by financial companies.

The United States had emphasized the need to raise the quality and quantity of capital that banks must hold to cover potential losses. The Europeans had stressed restrictions on bankers’ pay, including hard limits on compensation. In the end, the leaders agreed to those principles — minus the hard limits — along with provisions that better align executive compensation with long-term performance and promote more transparency for trading in complex securities known as derivatives.

Obama also got Europe and China to commit to avoid economic policies that could fuel the huge global imbalances blamed by economists for helping spark the current crisis. Under the agreement, countries with large deficits such as the United States would promise to borrow less and major exporters such as China and Germany would pledge to stimulate domestic consumption. The members agreed to use the International Monetary Fund to help review their economic policies to make sure they do not generate harmful imbalances… Read more by Annys Shin and Juliet Eilperin, Washinton Post  with embedded photo gallery 

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Meditation on Evolution and Culture

April 22, 2009





Scenic Road – Carmel / Californian Pacific Coast


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 (two global PP shows) 



(six PowerPoint presentations) 



(family & friends | 2008 | by Jessica Christie)



(three galleries | 2009 | by Jessica Christie)

Best Whale Watching Spot in Hermanus, S.A. by Michael Theys

South Africa: PORT ELIZABETH Connection ~ Angela Webb Gillham


     Aug 15, 2009  – Exceptional Nature, Botswana, Ant 

     Aug 16, 2009  – Savage Tribes

     Sep 12, 2009  – Recent Hindu festivals and rituals

     Nov 08, 2009 Argentina (Iguazú, …)

     Nov 15, 2009  – Chinese culture and landscapes

     Nov 16, 2009  – Asombrosas | prodigiousness 

     Nov 17, 2009  – Norway – fjords and mountains  

     Dec 11, 2009  – Snowy landscapes – Tombe la neige   

     Dec 14, 2009  – Breathtaking nature and wildlife – 28 photos

     Nov 21, 2011  National Geographic Photo Contest – 54 photos

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(Nov 4, 2012)  Unfortunately, most of the – formerly – smashing images and slide shows are no longer available because “Google Groups” had generally withdrawn the support of such pertinent pages and files, recently, due to an overall system’s change.

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)