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City with 100%renewable energy

VIDEO Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE Completely green city being built in UAE, Sky News, 15 Nov 10, The United Arab Emirates is on track to produce a completely new – and rather unexpected source of future revenue – in the oil-rich country.Masdar City is being built 17 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, and is the world’s first completely green city.As Abu Dhabi’s government-backed renewable energy company established in 2006, Masdar is also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.It aims to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy solutions and clean technologies.Masdar City is powered by renewable energy and its buildings are covered in solar panels.It aims to have a zero carbon and zero waste environment.The project will be completed between 2020 and 2025.Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barack Obama less keen on climate change action, more keen on nuclear power

Leader cools on climate agenda * Brad Norington,   The Australian * November 05, 2010 BARACK Obama has suddenly dumped his ambitious agenda to combat climate change with legislation imposing limits on greenhouse gases……. Continue reading

November 6, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, climate change | , , , , | Leave a comment

Californians vote for solar energy and ‘green collar’ jobs

the solar energy sector has created 17,000 jobs since 2009, and supports roughly 46,000 related jobs in the U.S. Employment in solar is expected to surpass 60,000 jobs by the end of 2010.
“Californians get it,” said Rooney. “California continues to lead the way on a critical national policy debate by rejecting the Prop. 23 notion that clean energy means fewer jobs.

CALIFORNIA VOTERS REJECT PROP 23 AND SEND MESSAGE: “RENEWABLE ENERGY IS HERE TO STAYaltenergy.com Solar Industry Leader Says Validation of AB32 Cements Foundation for Continued Investment and Job Creation in America’s Largest Renewable Power Market   NOVATO, CA—November 3, 2010 Continue reading

November 4, 2010 Posted by | renewable, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What IS wrong with education in America?

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The USA has just elected a majority of Republicans to their House of Representatives. Many were apparently swept up by the Tea Party movement, in a billionaire funded “peoples’ revolt”.

From outside USA, it seems incomprehensible that such a’ revolt’ could take place. With 10% unemployment, and many unable to pay mortgage debts –  why on Earth would struggling people want to support policies that mean less taxes for the very wealthy, and less health care cover for the poorer citizens?

Are Americans, by and large, stupid?   Or, more likely, is their education system failing very many of them, so that, in general knowledge, many are simply less well informed than citizens of other countries?

This is  a worry when it comes to  important issues – including global warming, and nuclear power. It seems that Americans are sitting ducks for the well-funded spin of polluting corporations. – Christina Macpherson, 3 Nov 2010

 

 

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Christina's notes | , , | 1 Comment

Sorry state of Americans’ knowledge of climate change

Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge, The Science Friday Blog,  October 29, 2010 by Neil Wagner Study: 52% of Americans deserve an “F” for their climate change researchers from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin have published results of a study that show just how little the American public understands climate change. If the authors of the study were to give grades to those surveyed, 1% would get an A,  7% a B,  15% a C,  25 % a D and  52% an F! Yikes! That IS scary!

On the bright side, 75% said they would like to know more about the issue and that schools should teach our children about climate change.

New York Times story about the study … Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge

November 3, 2010 Posted by | climate change, USA | , , | Leave a comment

The continuing corporate campaign of climate change denial

Books such as Merchants of Doubt by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have detailed how front groups for the fossil-fuel industry have been waging an orchestrated, well-funded campaign against climate science and climate scientists for more than two decades.

Professional climate change deniers’ crusade continues –  02 November 2010 – New Scientist, In the media and the courts, the battle to undermine climate science and its researchers hasn’t let up, warns climatologist Michael Mann. Continue reading

November 3, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | , , , | Leave a comment

Small scale renewable energy has big future in Africa

“Many developmental agencies consider small-scale RE projects as the most feasible solution for accelerated rural electrification and therefore are increasingly investing in medium-sized projects, especially wind and solar projects.”

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Gold Rush Renewable Energy news, by Energy Matters, 2 Nov 10, Renewable Energy in South AfricaSub-Saharan Africa is likely to become the new boom region for global renewable energy investment, according to a new international study. Continue reading

November 2, 2010 Posted by | AFRICA, decentralised | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Groundbreaking solar facility on federal land in California

The approximately $2 billion project is the first-of-its-kind to be built on federal land,

Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates First-of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Facility Groundbreaking,  California Newswire, Edited by Valerie Gotten , 27 Oct 2010 SACRAMENTO, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today celebrated the groundbreaking of BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Ivanpah, California. Continue reading

October 28, 2010 Posted by | general | , , , | Leave a comment

Renewable energy for India’s remote villages

10,000 villages to get power from renewable energy sources, The Hindu :Sujay Mehdudia, 27 oct 10, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday announced that 10,000 remote villages across the country would be electrified with renewable sources by March 2012 under an innovative initiative that will also generate employment.
“We will provide electricity to 10,000 villages at a cost of Rs. 500 crore by the end of the current plan period,” Dr. Abdullah said, while addressing a press conference to mark the start of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) here………  The Hindu : News / National : 10,000 villages to get power from renewable energy sources

October 26, 2010 Posted by | decentralised, India | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keen interest in renewable energy by South African businesses

Long queue for slice of renewable energy cake Business Report October 26, 2010By INGI SALGADO tSouth Africa’s decision more than a decade ago to introduce private sector investment in electricity generation soon highlighted the uncomfortable truth that the country’s low pricing regime would not encourage this outcome.
By comparison, the response this month to the Department of Energy’s call for expressions of interest by the private sector in renewable energy and cogeneration projects has been extremely keen – even though developers were given only a week to compile their submissions.

Interest for projects offering about 20 000 megawatts of generating capacity has been registered, says Ompi Aphane, the deputy director-general for electricity, nuclear and clean energy. A cursory analysis shows the bulk are wind projects, but solar has made a very strong showing….

Business Report – Opinion/ Analysis – Long queue for slice of renewable energy cake

October 26, 2010 Posted by | renewable, South Africa | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feminist leader of IRENA gets booted out by United Arab Emirates,

...”The Emirates asked France for my head,” Pelosse said, adding that one of the reasons was that she had worn a T-shirt reading “IRENA recruits 50 percent women” at a climate conference in Amsterdam at the end of 2009.

Fearful’ Frenchwoman replaced as renewables agency chief, Google hosted news, AFP:, 26 oct 10, ABU DHABI — Adnan Amin of Kenya will replace Helene Pelosse of France as the interim director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the head of its preparatory commission said on Monday. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, politics international | , , | Leave a comment

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) fast gathering member countries

Irena which was founded by 75 states in January 2009, grew almost two-fold within 21 months. 148 countries and the European Union have signed Irena’s statute and 42 have ratified it. Among them are 48 African, 38 European, 35 Asian, 17 American and 10 Australia/Oceania states. Mali, Senegal and Bangladesh were the last three countries which ratified the statute last week….

Irena aims to be voice for renewable energyAdnan Ameen, the interim director-general of Irena, wants members to define their strategy  Gulf News,  By Binsal Abdul Kader,  October 26, 2010 Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | , , | Leave a comment

Future for renewable energy looking good in USA and elsewhere

Whatever the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections in the country, [USA] the present momentum to create renewable energy opportunities looks likely to have broad bipartisan support….Even as the country was combating the downsizing of its economy and the job losses spawned by it, “more renewable energy capacity was installed than conventional fossil or nuclear power stations,” according to a recent report by Bank Sarasin, the Swiss financial institution.

Bright future for renewable energy Not only US and Europe are creating opportunities but also rest of the world gulfnews  By Manoj Nair,  October 24, 2010 Dubai : Barack Obama might have been less than enthusiastic recently about installing new solar panels at the White House, but this has in no way deterred the US from committing a growing cache in alternate energy resources. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local solar air conditioning system makes sense in a warming climate

In the end dry and the sun is used to process the cooling meaning using no electricity as compared to conventional air conditioning systems, low energy consumption mean less greenhouse gas and the gas that is used in the solar cooling system is greenhouse neutral, conventional air conditioning systems use a lot of energy and contribute to global warming,

Solar air conditioning for your home | All Cooling Systems , October 20th, 2010 by: coily Using the sun to cool your home or office will provide great cooling, savings and is environmentally friendly, this systems does not use the grid…….. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, decentralised | , , , , | Leave a comment

Syria looking good for renewable energy export project

“Syria’s position is quite strategic, being a bridge between North Africa and Europe. Putting it on Desertec map among 19 countries is the first step for achieving the project,”

Renewable Initiative Puts Syria on Solar and Wind Energy Map, Global Arab Network, 24 Oct 10, Syria (Damascus) – North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions, including Syria, are considered as world-best places to be used as farms to produce electricity out of sunrays or wind energy in desert areas. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | renewable, Syria | , , , , , , | Leave a comment