WILL CHINA DRIVERS TURN TO THE PLUG?
THE SEEDS OF A NEW PARADIGM? Paris Attacks and Climate Change Push Us to Fix a World of Broken Systems; The rise of ISIS, the “war on terror,” the attack on Paris—these are symptoms of a civilization in its twilight. But the displays of global solidarity show that the seeds of a new civilizational paradigm are being planted.
Nafeez Ahmed, November 19, 2015 (Yes! Magazine)
“… President Hollande’s response [to the Paris terrorist attacks]—bombs away abroad and permanent emergency at home—is premised on the idea that ISIS subsists inexplicably in a sort of barbaric no-man’s land outside the sphere of civilization...He is wrong. ISIS is a product of civilization, through and through…There are many explanations, but one perhaps stands out: oil…Assad’s repression of his own people was exploited by foreign powers to fan the flames of this proxy war for black gold. But the popular discontent was amplified by deeper systemic factors…Food crisis, water scarcity, and climate change are not worsening together by accident. Unfortunately, they are symptoms of global system failure…Yet the response promised by Hollande looks set to repeat the same actions that helped inflict the regional trauma by which ISIS was midwifed to power…The rise of ISIS, the “war on terror,” the attack on Paris—these are all symptoms of a civilization in its twilight, but still in denial; a window into the bleak future of business-as-usual…But they also reveal that the vast majority of ordinary citizens across the Western and Muslim worlds do not buy into this bleak future, reject violence on all sides, and embrace each other simply for being human. The countless vigils held around the world, the gestures of mutual love and compassion between people of all faiths and none coming together in rejection of the Paris atrocity point to a different approach…In such displays of solidarity, the seeds of a new civilizational paradigm are being planted.” click here for more
WIND CAN LEAD THE WAY Wind energy set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030
19 November 2015 (edie.net)
“…[W]ind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade if European member states stick to the ambitious policy framework already set in place [according to Aiming High from the European Wind Energy Association]…But policymakers must demonstrate more determination than is on show today. Wind power can deliver economic growth in Europe by boosting investments, creating jobs and reducing electricity bills…[T]otal wind installations in Europe could reach 392GW; with 294GW of onshore and 98GW of offshore wind…Currently the 128.8GW wind sector in Europe can power 10% of energy consumption a year…The report recommends developing renewable energy action plans, streamlining permit procedures, driving legislation to promote a fully-functioning market and a reform of the Emissions Trading System as a means to reach the 2030 target…[T]hese measures will result in a £9m boost - the equivalent of the EU's funding for transport infrastructure – in the next five years. It is believed that this boost would also support 366,000 jobs directly and indirectly linked to the wind sector…” click here for more
MOROCCO SOLAR ON THE VERGE Morocco Will Soon Become the World's Solar Energy Superpower; Eventually, the country's solar energy agency would like to export its renewable power to countries in the Middle East and Europe.
David McNair, November 19, 2015 (TakePart)
“…Morocco will be taking the first step toward becoming the world’s solar energy superpower…when the first phase of a planned renewable energy plant will go online under the Saharan sun outside the city of Ouarzazate…The planned solar energy mega-complex, which will eventually include hydro and wind plants, will cover roughly the same area as the country’s capital, Rabat, and provide half of Morocco’s electricity by 2020…The first phase of the project, called Noor 1…[uses] concentrated solar power, which is more expensive but allows the system to continue producing energy after the sun goes down…Eventually, when the Noor 2 and 3 plants are built, heat energy will be stored for as long as eight hours, which could provide solar energy to the region around the clock…[and allow export of] renewable power to countries in the Middle East and Europe…” click here for more
James Ayre, November 18, 2015 (EV Obsession)
“Electric vehicle sales in China are continuing to grow, but much of this growth is caused directly by the myriad incentives on offer…With the uptick largely being pushed by government action, it’s hard to say at this point whether the goal to put 5 million “new energy vehicles” on the country’s roads by 2020 will be met…So far in 2015 (first 9 months), plug-in vehicle sales have risen to 136,733 units sold — more than doubling the sales seen during the same period of time in 2014. So, the numbers certainly are growing…Will EV sales plateau as soon as the incentives hit the point of diminishing returns? Or will the market take off once consumers get used to the cars?” click here for more