Renewable Energy : features
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13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
7 February 2012
More than a billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. The best way to bring it to them — while reducing greenhouse gas emissions — is to launch a global initiative to provide solar panels and other forms of distributed renewable power to poor villages and neighbourhoods.
17 June 2011
The amount of energy produced from geothermal sources is projected to almost double by 2015, says a new report from the Earth Policy Institute. And the potential is almost limitless - enough to power the world two times over.
24 March 2011
For many years, a small handful of countries dominated growth in wind power, but this is changing as the industry goes global, with more than 70 countries now developing wind resources.
22 February 2011
Leading environmental economist Robert Repetto, whose new book America's Climate Problem: The Way Forward, is just out, argues that the global transition to a green economy will not happen unless the United States steps up its own efforts to deal with climate change.
2 February 2011
To shift the global economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy will require the construction of wind, solar, nuclear, and other installations on a vast scale, significantly altering the face of the planet. Can these new forms of energy approach the scale needed to meet global energy demands? asks David Biello of Yale e360.
9 February 2010
Some 550 million people in Africa live without electricity and power is critically short in many African countries. But with increasing droughts and climate uncertainty this is not the right time to rush into more big dams when there are so many other promising renewable energy alternatives, says Lori Pottinger
30 June 2009
As the world graph of greenhouse gas emissions keeps on rising and entrenched fossil fuel lobbies are fed millions of dollars to scupper radical clean-up measures, it is easy to overlook the quiet progress that is being made to step up the transition to a renewable energy future.
27 May 2009
US President Barack Obama has proposed to invest $150 billion in renewable energy and energy efficiency over the next ten years. But, says Peter Bosshard he need look no further than La Havana for inspiration. Cuba has successfully greened its energy sector over the last few years, and is now exporting its energy revolution. "Will we soon benefit from Cuban expertise in cleaning up the US energy sector?" he asks.
7 January 2009
Projections from the International Energy Agency show global energy demand growing by close to 30 per cent by 2020, setting the stage for massive growth in the carbon dioxide emissions that are warming our planet. But dramatically ramping up energy efficiency would allow the world to not only avoid growth in energy demand but actually reduce global demand to below 2006 levels by 2020.
- Goodbye to Planet 21
- Voices from Planet 21
- Solar power surged ahead in 2011
- Fukushima meltdown hastens decline of nuclear power
- Economic recovery brings return to growth of CO2 emissions
- World's biggest offshore windfarm opens
- Solar power off the grid: energy access for world's poor
- Energy poverty remains a global challenge
- Hydropower use increases
- Tar sands campaigners hit back at Canadian lobbying
- Irreversible climate change likely in five years
- Solar PV breaks records in 2010
- Maldives President outlines progress on carbon neutral plan
- Bioenergy can pose risks as well as bring benefits