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Cal on August 30th, 2015

This week the World Trade Organization (WTO) found that India’s subsidies for solar power contravene WTO trade rules. India must now remove these subsidies or face trade sanctions. The US filed the WTO complaint in 2013 alleging that India’s subsidies for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM) discriminated against foreign suppliers of solar components. […]

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Cal on August 25th, 2015

Slovakia-based Aeromobil said its flying roadster, a 2-seater sports car, can transform into a light sports aircraft and should be available for sale by 2017. The limited edition vehicle is targeted at “wealthy supercar buyers and flight enthusiasts” and will have a flying range of almost 700 kilometres on regular gasoline. It is equipped with […]

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Cal on August 11th, 2015

Russia formally staked a claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russia’s claim, the waters will be subject to Russian oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling. World crude oil prices tumbled to around $42 a […]

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Cal on August 9th, 2015

Only 7,102 electric vehicles were sold during the month of July in the US, compared with 11,242 in July 2014. For the first six months of 2015, a total of 61,449 EVs were sold in that country, compared with 123,049 during the same period last year. Japan has just finished installation of the world’s largest […]

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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 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 18th, 2015

Japan expects nuclear power to supply as much as 22% of the nation’s electricity needs by 2030. Another 24% will be supplied by hydro power and solar. The other sources of supply will be natural gas (27%), coal (26%) and crude oil (3%).  All in all, renewable sources will supply almost half of the Asian […]

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