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Friday, 11 April 2014

Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green reported by New Scientist's Fred Pearce.

Did I not tell you, if you do not have your own sources, & resources use my New Scientist RSS-Feed.

Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green is long awaited good news but there is still along trek ahead in an ever tightening schedule!

"That's a lot of clean power. Almost half of new electricity generation is now renewable, and the costs of wind and solar power are falling sharply. It "should give governments confidence to forge a robust climate agreement" next year, says Achim Steiner, director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
This comes a week before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's assessment of how to prevent dangerous climate change. The IPCC will stress the importance of quickly converting to renewables.
The latest annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment, published today by UNEP, reveals that 44 per cent of all generating capacity installed last year around the world was renewable. That is despite a 14 per cent decline in renewables investment, and in new electricity generally.
But the politics of green energy are changing fast. China is now the world's leader, having overtaken Europe. Last year, China invested $56 billion in green power.

Going clean

The green bubble seems to have burst in cash-strapped Europe, which was the vanguard of renewable energy for more than a decade. The continent cut investment by 44 per cent.
The only big exception was the UK, which increased investment by 12 per cent despite rumblings of discontent in the governing Conservative party. For the first time, the UK outspent Germany, with projects like the giantWestermost Rough wind farm leading the way.
Japanese investment also soared, increasing by 80 per cent. This was thanks to a rush to install solar panels, after nuclear power stations were closed following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Renewables kept 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted in 2013, says report author Ulf Moslener of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany. Aside from hydroelectric dams, photovoltaic solar panels and onshore wind turbines are the biggest contributors.
The cost of generating solar power has fallen by 25 per cent since 2009, and the cost of wind power has fallen 53 per cent over the same period. As a result, the report says a growing number of such projects are being built without any subsidy. What's more, share prices in clean-energy companies, which have been in free fall since the start of the global recession, rose 54 per cent last year."

World must adapt to unknown climate future, says IPCC-Reports from New Scientist(NSci) via NSci-RSS Feed on this blog

NSci_Report on Climate Change, 03 April 2014 by Michael Slezak of NSci.

Perhaps chance readers may not have taken notice of my New Scientist feed links on Climate Change - Global Warming and their relationship to exessive GHG-GreenHouse Gases represented most often by ever increasing CO2 levels (inspite of some efforts to correct this).

Here, I have simply quoted the introduction to M. Slezaks article in order to draw readers attention to the renowned journal "New Scientist" and its effort to bring Climate (Change) Science & its important (life threatening) implications to as wide a public as possible and to the interest & to the importance & convenience of examining NSci's RSS feed links on my page heading.

"There is still great uncertainty about the impacts of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today. So if we are to survive and prosper, rather than trying to fend off specific threats like cyclones, we must build flexible and resilient societies.

Today's report is the second of three instalments of the IPCC's fifth assessment of climate change. The first instalment, released last year, covered the physical science of climate change. It stated with increased certainty that climate change is happening, and that it is the result of humanity's greenhouse gas emissions. The new report focuses on the impacts of climate change and how to adapt to them. The third instalment, on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions, comes out in April.
The latest report backs off from some of the predictions made in the previous IPCC report, in 2007. During the final editing process, the authors also retreated from many of the more confident projections from the final draft, leaked last year. The IPCC now says it often cannot predict which specific impacts of climate change – such as droughts, storms or floods – will hit particular places.
Instead, the IPCC focuses on how people can adapt in the face of uncertainty, arguing that we must become resilient against diverse changes in the climate."
FOR MORE ON THIS VISIT  The New Scientist's Climate Change Topic Guide. and get your community involves in the combat, "The Good Fight, The Fight for Good" and our future generation's health, safety and happiness.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Big firms could make a mint from sustainable practices - environment - 04 March 2014 - New Scientist

Hope at last! Could it be that the Stern Report is making some headway?



New-industrial-model from Lavery Pennell

"Captains of industry, listen up. There is a fortune to be made from saving the planet.

If Europe's manufacturers operated as sustainably as possible, their profits would rise by €100 billion a year and 170,000 jobs would be created, according to a report on green businesses presented in London last week.

The report recommends that companies use fewer resources and recycle more. The money saved can be used to create new products.
It highlights carpet tile manufacturer Interface, which has cut the energy it uses to make tiles by 40 per cent since 1996. The company now recycles 43 per cent of its raw materials, sends zero waste to landfill, and recycles all its water. It has also reduced its emissions of carbon dioxide by 90 per cent. Interface is now the largest carpet tile company in the world, with revenues of $1 billion.
The impetus must come from bosses and investors. "Even if they don't care about sustainability, they need to care from a business perspective," says report author Greg Lavery of consultants Lavery/Pennell in London, UK.
"It means higher profits and lower investment risk."
W"RIGHTS"  Andy Coghlan in NewScintist  March 2014 

2014-03 Lavery Pernnell_New-Industrial-Model-report.pdf 

Supporting Calculations for the New Industrial Model Report (pdf)

Big firms could make a mint from sustainable practices - environment - 04 March 2014 - New Scientist

New Scientist - Environment_Feed by leading UK popular science magazine in page leader position

Motivated by my chance discovery of my previous feed trial CleanTechnica, here is a top publisher of science for the general public the serious well noted UK mag. The New Scientist. I chose following my previous post the Environment feed but the reader will find a huge selection of subject (& feed) at thie following link:  New Scientist Feed 

CleanTechnica webzine reports on Renewable Energy_Feed Trial just added to my blog

This post is designed mainly to bring to readers' and potential readers' attention to work and information on "Clean Energy" approaches noteably: consumer technology, power and transportation  all important contributors ofcarbon dioxide (CO2) in the Energy Production/User equation:

The reader will find feed titles from CleanTechnica webzine on the right hand side (RHS) bar.

CleanTechnica energy-efficiency

I will be more than pleased to learn of your own prefered sources or any comments you may wish to make. Feel free it may perhaps reduce your own carbon-foot-print (CFP).

PS. This action follows my own recently-renewed interest in Photovolaic (PV) Solar Cells (SC's) stimulated by recent buzz (and perhaps hype?) on Ferroelectric-Photovoltaic (FE-PV) Solar Cells. I hope to summarize this in my core blog:

Materials Science and Engineering Defined


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten by ROBERT B. REICH, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley

Reich introduces his 11th of February blog by asking the retorical question " Why has America forgotten (as have many others I may add-eg France's UMP leading up to the election of N. Sarkozy) the three most important economic lessons we learned in the thirty years following World War II?  

In Reich's words this goes as follows:

First, America’s (& Co) real job creators are consumers, whose rising wages generate jobs and growth. If average people don’t have decent wages there can be no real recovery and no sustained growth.

In those years, business boomed because American workers were getting raises, and had enough purchasing power to buy what expanding businesses had to offer. Strong labor unions ensured American workers got a fair share of the economy’s gains. It was a virtuous cycle.

Second, the rich do better with a smaller share of a rapidly-growing economy than they do with a large share of an economy that’s barely growing at all.

Between 1946 and 1974, the economy grew faster than it’s grown since, on average, because the nation was creating the largest middle class in history. The overall size of the economy doubled, as did the earnings of almost everyone. CEOs rarely took home more than forty times the average worker’s wage, yet were riding high.

Third, higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments — better roads, bridges, public transportation, basic research, world-class K-12 education, and affordable higher education – improve the future productivity of America. All of us gain from these investments, including the wealthy.

In those years, the top marginal tax rate on America’s highest earners never fell below 70 percent. Under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower the tax rate was 91 percent. Combined with tax revenues from a growing middle class, these were enough to build the Interstate Highway system, dramatically expand public higher education, and make American public education the envy of the world.

We learned, in other words, that broadly-shared prosperity isn’t just compatible with a healthy economy that benefits everyone — it’s essential to it.

But then we forgot these lessons. For the last three decades the American economy has continued to grow but most peoples’ earnings have gone nowhere. Since the start of the recovery in 2009, 95 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent.

For starters, too many of us bought the snake oil of “supply-side” economics, which said big corporations and the wealthy are the job creators – and if we cut their taxes the benefits will trickle down to everyone else. Of course, nothing trickled down.

Reich explains
"For starters, too many of us bought the snake oil of “supply-side” economics, which said big corporations and the wealthy are the job creators – and if we cut their taxes the benefits will trickle down to everyone else. Of course, nothing trickled down.

Let me repeat this remark "for starters" above; for this was the line an local UMP(right wing party in France) tried to sell me. I thought to myself he believes I'm an idiot and thinks everyone else is too. Well Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP won the french presidential election that year.  No offence intended but better safe (warned) than sorry. 

Reich concludes:
"As the gap between America’s wealthy and the middle has widened, those at the top have felt even richer by comparison. Although a rising tide would lift all boats, many of America’s richest prefer a lower tide and bigger yachts."

ROBERT B. REICH, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century."


My attention was brought to this work  from an article "Lettre de Wall Street" - Letter from Wall Street  by Stephane Lauer in the french journal Le Monde 19 Feb 2014, Eco&Entreprise p7. 

More from S. Lauer:

La rémunération du PDG de JPMorgan a presque doublé en 2013 
President & DG salary almost doubled inspite of justace problems
Malgré les déboires judiciaires de la banque américaine, Jamie Dimon a touché 20 millions de dollars.

Une année 2013 médiocre pour JP Morgan

Bad year for JP Morgan but a great year for the Boss!!!!

Le salaire du PDG de JPMorgan a augmenté de 74 % en 2013 16 Increased salary  of 74% accepted by the board
Le conseil d'administration a accordé à Jamie Dimon lasomme totale de 20 millions de dollars, dont 18,5 millions en actions, malgré les déboires judiciaires de la plus grande banque américaine.

I shall be pleased to respond to questions concerning my treatment, following my humble effort  to eliminate a particularly nocive element from aero-engine special steels-the well named & specified as superalloys. In fact the findings were extended throughout a large range of similar materials!!!! Damnit! cf my published work in Materials Science & Technology Maney Press for IOM3.