© Trina Solar
Interview

'Taxing solar panel imports now is a crime against humanity'

Solar panels are being installed  at breakneck speed. But things should be going even faster, argues Belgian engineer Pierre Verlinden, who has worked in the solar industry for 45 years. 'Learn from China how to make cheap solar panels. The climate puts the importance of profit into perspective.'
© Bart Lasuy
Editorial

‘It takes more than one dollar per Congolese to sustain the Central African forest’

The world's most powerful lung is no longer the Amazon, but the Congo forest basin. MO* editor John Vandaele investigated how the international community protects the immense forest. The key question: can Congo boost its prosperity without cutting down its fragile forests? Some final thoughts.
© Bart Lasuy
Analysis

Are we giving enough to save the world's most powerful lung?

The tropical forests in the Congo basin filter more CO2 from the air than the notably larger Amazon forest. This sounds positive, but these forests are rapidly disappearing. Several countries invest in conservation projects which, if they want to succeed, should also aid the fast-growing population.
© Bart Lasuy
Report

Why a Belgian supermarket chain is planting 12 million trees in Congo

A major supermarket chain that wants to plant 12 million trees in Congo is to be climate-neutral: how does that work? And is Colruyt Group effectively on track to realise those ambitious climate plans by 2030? MO* journalist John Vandaele went on site and saw opportunities, but also challenges.
© Bart Lasuy
Report

How a Belgian reforestation promoter in Congo is trusted as a major employer

MO* journalist John Vandaele travelled to Congo to visit NGO Faja Lobi, which was started ten years ago by Jurgen Heytens from Ghent. With many small donations, the organisation planted 3,000 hectares of forest in the savannahs of Kwilu and became the largest employer in the region. 
Report

How Congo seeks prosperity that leaves its precious rainforest intact

Congo wants to show itself as a country coming up with solutions to climate change. If it wants to succeed in that mission, the country will have to listen to the grievances of its ailing population. Useful first steps are taken, but the road is still long. “It takes time to change human habits.”
CC Apostolos
News

European IMF directors protected the banks, but hit the Greeks

MO* Magazine could seize a confidential document that shows the number of questions about the approach of the Greece debt crisis that lived within the IMF Executive Board.
MO*/John Vandaele
News

To change course touches the powers that be

Some things change fast. Very fast.  Despite predictions that it wouldn’t happen before 2040, China is, according to some analyses, already the world's largest economy. It is certainly the biggest exporter, and in East Asia, the renminbi is snapping at the dollar's heels. However, the country's growth exposes a lack of social and ecological su ...
Klaas Verplancke
Analysis

Angry Fragile World

Three years after the debts volcano on Wall Street erupted, we can see more clearly what happened: a crisis of neoliberal globalization.
Niccolo Caranti
News

The EU struggles with its huge green challenge

The EU aspires to environmental leadership. At times it manages to materialise that ambition, but is uncertain whether the EU will attain its so-called 20-20-20 climate and energy targets. After all, this ambition touches the heart of our economic model. European policy on these matters is ambiguous: considerable sums of money are spent on initiati ...
News

The Pitfall of the Debate about Aid

Over the last few months the debate about development aid has been very lively. But that debate holds a risk in that it hides the most important aspects of development cooperation behind a smoke screen. This is a pitfall we should not go for.
News

THE INDIAN GROWTH MIRACLE

The impressive economic growth of India is not equally divided amongst all Indians. Social struggle and an ambitious employment law could improve the situation.

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