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Cal on August 20th, 2015

In 2014 global wind energy installations grew by 42% over 2013 to 51.2 gigawatts (GW) of electric power and cumulative installed capacity climbed to 372 GW. Market growth was largely driven by installations in three key countries: China, Germany, and the US. This market was estimated to be worth $143 billion in 2014 and is […]

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Cal on August 5th, 2015

“While Germany prides itself as a green champion, something paradoxical has happened in the last several years: CO2 emissions steadily fell from 1,051 million metric tons in 1990 to 813 million tons in 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster. But in 2012 and 2013, CO2 emissions rose again to 841 million tons. This can […]

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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 25th, 2015

The German government plans to give financial compensation to electric power utilities which agree to mothball coal-generation plants and maintain them in standby mode. Terms of the compensation are not yet known. 200 out of 535 US coal power plants have closed since 2010 or about 40% of that country’s electricity production from coal. Over […]

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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 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 22nd, 2015

At the G7 meeting last week the world’s political leaders agreed to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. The G7 countries include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. BP issued its Statistical Review of World Energy 2015.  The highlight was the fact that in […]

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