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Cal on January 14th, 2017

In 2015 humans used about 575 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (575 followed by 15 zeros; a Btu is roughly the energy released in a single match.) With a global population of 7.3 billion, that worked out to 78 million Btu per person that year. Nearly 40% of all […]

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Cal on December 19th, 2016

The city of New York’s Christmas holiday-light energy use has declined by about one-third from 2010, largely due to the switch to LEDs (light-emitting diodes).  This year, holiday lighting in the US city will add about 750 megawatts of load, down from about 1,150 MW in 2010. Investment Bank Goldman Sachs calls LEDs one of the fastest technology shifts […]

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Cal on November 30th, 2016

Today’s critical meeting of OPEC members is being touted as the “Most Important OPEC Meeting Ever” as many are saying that the crude oil cartel’s role in controlling oil prices will be lost if there is no agreement to cut production and dramatically increase the world price of oil. And any meaningful agreement would have […]

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Cal on September 10th, 2016

The US Energy Information Administration estimates that global crude oil demand will grow from 94.8 million barrels a day this year to 105.3 million barrels in 2026. With world oil prices now hovering around $50 a barrel and little exploration going on, there is concern in some quarters that this demand will not be met.  Only 2.7 […]

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Cal on September 7th, 2016

World population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, increasing by 33% from an estimated 7.4 billion now, the latest report from the Population Reference Bureau has predicted. Very low birth rates in Europe will mean population declines there while Africa’s population is expected to double. European aviation manufacturer Airbus is reportedly working on a flying driverless taxi that you […]

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Cal on August 18th, 2016

The world’s population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.6 billion by 2050. Most of the growth is supposed to slated to come from nine countries: India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, the US, and Indonesia. Population growth is being driven by longer lifespans. Population growth in developed countries has slowed […]

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Cal on August 12th, 2016

  Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey claims the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today. “Whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.” See here. FuelCellWorks takes us on a test drive of Toyota’s […]

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Cal on April 30th, 2016

Dr Aubrey de Grey believes some people have already been born who could live for many centuries because of ongoing research being done into “repairing the effects of ageing.” He is concerned that preventative treatments mean humans would be able to consistently re-repair and live as long as 1,000 years or possibly even forever. Mr […]

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