Archive for November, 2007

Home wind turbines: general failure?


Home wind turbines might be contributing to global warming instead of reducing it, a study by the Building Research Establishment Trust has found. The study yielded unfavourable results in most locations after comparing the performance of the 3 most common household wind turbine systems in 3 locations across the UK:
In large urban areas such as […]

US lifestyle changes unnecessary?


I’m sure that many a US citizen is fearing that in order to meet emission reduction goals for 2030, they would have to drive much less and make many other hard sacrifices in their daily lives. This seemed especially likely to me when I read in the paper this morning that US per-capita emissions are […]

UN spells out world’s ghastly state


Reuters reports that the UN Environment Program’s 4th Global Environmental Outlook emphasized that 20 years after a key report raised alarm about the gloomy state of the planet and called for urgent action, not much has changed.

UNEP has issued a 540-page report, calling for a reduction in greenhouse emissions of between 60 and 80%.
The global […]

Air traffic to rise by 29% by 2011


Reuters reports that IATA has annouced predictions that global air traffic will rise significantly within the next few years - as much as by 29%. This will bring the total number of air passengers in 2011 to 2.75 billion - of which almost 1 billion will be taking cross-border flights. Most of the growth is […]

Sarkozy unveils green revolution


Last Thursday, French president Nicolas Sarkozy promised a green revolution for France, saying that it will put the country in the lead in the fight against climate change:
“France isn’t late but France wants now to be in the lead,” he said in a speech wrapping up a special environmental policy conference seeking […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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