I just published a policy discussion of the best options that developing countries have to deal with climate change, focusing on mitigation versus adaptation. It’s published in India‘s most important policy-oriented platform #Ideas4India. Enjoy!

This is a re-blog from my article in Ideas4India. I’d like to thank Shivani Chowdhry and Rishabh Mahendra for this opportunity.

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Here are some news worth reading:

Some news on environmental issues around the globe collected for your convenience:

  • France reduces share of nuclear power in its electricity mix to 50% by 2035 from around 75% now, and instead increases the share of renewables. Plans to build new nuclear plants are on hold. (https://www.reuters.com/article/france-nuclearpower-idUSL8N29E2Z7)
  • This is to all US voters: Republican government keeps on dismanteling/destroying your national parks. If you want to avoid this vote for the Democrats. (https://t.co/Wwt2RI2Qlb?amp=1)
  • Climate change impacts mountain stability all over the Alps, la Meije, similar problems with Cengalo, Grandes Jorasses and many more. (https://t.co/yIPkfTorrK?amp=1)
  • And Luxembourg is the first country that makes national travel on busses and trains completely free. Is this going to be a game changer for Luxembourg? Definitely not, because public transport was already so heavily subsidized that one could travel throughout the whole country with bus and train for 2.50€. But at least it shows that the country has good intentions. (https://transports.public.lu/fr/contexte/strategie/modu2.html)

Here are some interesting news to catch up on:


And finally: Real cost of rail travel has substantially increased in EU since 2005 while passenger car costs have decreased. That does not look like a sustainable transition to me. EU policy should react firmly.


The European Environmental Agency sets pollution exposure standards in its EU’s air quality directives (2008/50/EC, 2004/107/EC). These standards should not be exceeded in a given period of time. If they are nevertheless exceeded, then European governments have to find ways to act and reduce the pollutants. What is very surprising is that the EU target values are much lower than the World Health Organization guidelines. What is going on?

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In this blog post I give you a very brief idea about what I, as an editor, want to see when I receive a referee report. This is my own personal view, but I know it is shared by many other editors out there. So here is a brief guideline what to do and what not to do.

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