COP 20 In Lima: What Qualifies As A Success?

Cop 20, located in Lima (Peru), begins on December 1st. Progress has been slow at the last several United Nations Climate Change Conferences (or Conferences of the Parties). It’s very tricky getting almost all the countries of the world to agree on anything, let alone something as large and influential as climate change action.

 

 

This Town Could Be The First Net Zero Energy Town In Australia

Uralla, a rural town in New South Wales (NSW), has been selected as the top choice to become a net-zero-energy town by the NSW government and the company that came up with the label, Starfish Enterprises.

 

 

Crowdfund an EV Buyers Guide

A few years ago, there were just a handful of electric cars on the market. Now, there are dozens. But the majority of the population can’t name one. I’m convinced that electric cars will take over the automobile market, but the biggest barrier right now is a big one: awareness.

 

 

IRENA: China Can Increase Renewable Energy 4x By 2030

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report showing that China can increase its use of renewable energy four times over by 2030. If it does so, renewable energy will likely go from a 13% share of the energy market in China to a 26% share.

 

 

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Solar Price Bid In Dubai A New World Record Low

There have been a few really low-priced solar power deals across the world this year, in Texas (USA), Georgia (USA), Andhra Pradesh (India), and Brazil. However, a just-completed auction in Dubai (UAE) beats them all.

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Do we really care?

Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?

 

 

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Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler

While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..

 

 

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Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System

Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…

 

 

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How to Sustain Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices.  Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran?  If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong.  If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again.  What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?

 

 

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