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Global support for renewable energy
The International Conference for Renewable Energies � Renewables 2004 � which took place in Bonn from June 1-4, concluded with a strong declaration by 154 governments that renewable energy should and will play a major role in the energy economy of the 21st century. ... more

EU to set new target for renewables
Representatives of governments from around the world are gathering this week in Bonn for "Renewables 2004." Organized as a follow-up to the Johannesburg World Summit of 2002, the event is meant to boost the momentum of renewable energy growth. The Environment News Service reports. ... more

US funds hydrogen highway
The hydrogen cars of the future received a $575 million jumpstart in April when the US Energy Secretary, Spencer Abraham, announced federal funding and private matching funds for dozens of science and research projects to establish a hydrogen economy, reports the Environment News Service. ... more

UK to lead the way in marine energy
A new effort to assess the potential for marine energy devices to generate electricity at a competitive cost, as compared to other forms of renewable energy and fossil fuelled power, has been launched by the UK-based Carbon Trust. ... more

Oil peak may be imminent
by Lester R.Brown

When the price of oil climbed above $50 a barrel in late 2004, public attention began to focus on the adequacy of world oil supplies - and specifically on when production would peak and begin to decline. Analysts are far from a consensus on this issue, but several prominent ones now believe that the oil peak is imminent. ... more

Big wind power boost for Britain
Environmentalists have given a warm welcome to the decision by the British Government to back a huge extension of offshore wind power around the English coast. The new wind farms will be the world�s biggest, and provide enough power for one in six British homes. ... more

Barefoot College award will train village women
A project to bring much-needed energy to remote Himalayan villages in India using an army of 'barefoot engineers', has won the 2003 St Andrews Prize for the Environment. It is just the latest of many plaudits which have been won by the College, founded in 1972 by the social pioneer, Bunker Roy. ... more

The dilemma of Iraq's oil
Although Iraq's immense oil fields survived the recent war with relatively minor damage, the process of re-integrating Iraq into the world oil market is likely to prove more problematic, according to an assessment by the Worldwatch Institute. ... more

First community wind turbine launched in UK
The latest wind turbine to be erected in Wales (in April 2003), marks a radical new direction for renewable energy production in the United Kingdom: local community ownership. There are already many wind turbines across the British Isles, but this one is unique. It is not owned by a large, energy company: it is owned and managed by the surrounding community. ... more

Opinions divided on hydrogen cars
The prospect of a hydrogen future was given a boost when US President George Bush unveiled a development plan, worth $1.7bn, in his State of the Union address, earlier this year. to help the US develop hydrogen-powered automobiles. But opinion is divided on the impact of this policy. ... more

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