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Cal on August 2nd, 2015

  The United Nations reported the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India surpasses China to become the largest country. By the end of this century, this figure could increase to more than 11.2 billion. The west African country of Nigeria is expected to be larger than the US by mid-century and […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2015

China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy, 35 years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “time bomb.” The new regulation, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children, could be implemented “as soon as the end […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2015

Saudi Arabia reported to OPEC its crude oil production was at its highest levels in more than 30 years. The desert kingdom produced 10.56 million barrels of oil per day in June. Another crude oil boom may be in the works off the coast of West Africa.  Tullow Oil is among the early players in […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2015

Russia’s state-controlled energy firm Gazprom announced last week that it suspended the delivery of natural gas to Ukraine, having not received payment for gas deliveries in the coming months. “Gazprom will not deliver gas to Ukraine at any price without prepayment,” company CEO Alexey Miller said. Negotiations between the two countries broke down when Ukraine […]

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Cal on June 30th, 2015

Two-thirds of known fossil-fuel reserves must be left in the ground if global warming is to be kept at less that 2 degrees C. above pre-industrial levels according to United Nations special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson. “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by […]

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Cal on June 24th, 2015

The International Energy Agency said that a peak in global green house gas emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 if governments implement five key policy measures — banning coal-fired power plants; raising investments in renewable energy sources to US$400 billion by 2030, from US$270 billion currently; phasing out energy subsidies for consumers; energy […]

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Cal on June 8th, 2015

OPEC’s decision to keep its crude oil output at 30 million barrels per day until at least next December essentially tells its members to produce as much oil as they can. Opposition to the decision came from Venezuela, Angola, and Iran whose economies are hurting badly from the low oil prices and would like others […]

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Cal on May 26th, 2015

Last week the World Bank reported that about one in seven people across the globe still live without electricity. The global electrification rate rose to 85% in 2012 from 83% in 2010, pushing the number of people without access to electric power down to 1.1 billion from 1.2 billion. India made significant advances, but progress […]

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