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Energy Efficiencies, Improve Energy Efficiencies, Renewable Energy Sources
We live in the Energy Age – imagine life in the 21st Century in most developed nations without the benefits of abundant and economical energy. But no resource on this Earth is really inexhaustible – and our traditional fossil fuel sources are not without limits. The world’s oil supplies are being depleted at a rapid rate. And more expensive (to extract, process, transport and distribute). There are still many nations without abundant and affordable energy. As more nations industrialize and modernize their systems, the demands made on the world’s fossil fuel supplies will place stress on things energy-related and on global supplies.
The hot topics today in energy include reduction of use, conservation of existing supplies, energy efficiencies, and especially alternative sources of energy. While the world goes on using traditional fossil fuels, the race is on to harness natural and renewable energy sources – solar, geo-thermal, wind, tidal, and other “clean” technologies. This section of Accountability Central brings you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more information you can use on Energy topics.
News & Updates
November 24, 2015 Oil Advances as Mideast Tensions Rise After Russian Plane DownedSource: Bloomberg
Oil advanced after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the border with Syria, fanning concern that conflict in the region may intensify.
November 24, 2015 The Carbon Reduction Efforts Of The World’s Major CitiesSource: Think Progress
More than half the world’s population lives in a city, which means reducing the carbon footprint of urban areas is critical to keeping global warming below 2°C.
November 24, 2015 Allianz Exiting Coal Stocks on Climate Change, CIO Tells ZDFSource: Bloomberg
Allianz SE is turning its back on coal as returns evaporate from energy generation that is harmful to the environment. Europe’s largest insurer plans to exit holdings in mining companies and utilities that derive more than 30...
Research & Insights
November 13, 2015 These Charts Show the Bright Future Ahead for Clean EnergySource: Mother Jones
With high-stakes climate negotiations just around the corner, things are looking rosy for the producers and sellers of wind turbines and solar panels.
November 12, 2015 UK becomes only G7 country to increase fossil fuel subsidiesSource: The Guardian
The UK is alone among G7 nations in dramatically increasing its fossil fuel subsidies, despite an earlier pledge to phase them out, a new report has found.
November 6, 2015 Earth on the edge - Special ReportSource: Reuters
Every day, news headlines and science reports reflect a world increasingly impacted by unsustainable trends and catastrophic climate events. But in fact, disaster is avoidable, and this series will explain why. It takes you...
Commentary & Opinion
November 24, 2015 Paris is Just One Piece of the Climate Change Puzzle
Council on Foreign Relations - Coauthored with Naomi Egel, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week's Paris meeting on climate...
November 24, 2015 Bloomberg derides state, federal action on climate changeSource: Capital New York
Former mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday expressed little faith in the ability of state and federal elected leaders to make progress on climate change, saying that business, consumers and mayors will have a much greater impact.
Source: The Guardian
Developed nations must take responsibility for their historic emissions and contribute the funds and transfer of technologies to developing countries needed to help avoid dangerous climate change.
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