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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 Downed

Source: 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 Cities

Source: 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 ZDF

Source: 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 Energy

Source: 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 subsidies

Source: 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 Report

Source: 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 change

Source: 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.

November 23, 2015 Paris climate talks: Developed countries must do more than reduce emissions

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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