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Renewables' share of world energy likely to shrink
A study released by the International Energy Agency at the end of 2002 suggests that the share of world energy supply made up from renewables is likely to shrink between now and 2030. ... more

Bicycle sales top 100 million in 2000
by Lester R. Brown and Janet Larsen

In the year 2000, world bicycle production climbed to 101 million, more than double the 41 million cars produced. Sales of bikes are soaring because they provide affordable mobility for billions of people, increase physical fitness, alleviate traffic congestion, and do not pollute the air or emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide. ... more

Solar cell sales take off
by Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts

Last year (2001) world solar cell production soared to 395 megawatts (MW), up 37 per cent over 2000. This annual growth in output, now comparable in size to a new power plant, is set to take off in the years ahead as production costs fall. Cumulative solar cell or photovoltaic (PV) capacity now exceeds 1,840 MW. ... more

Plan would cut US oil use in half
The United States uses a quarter of the world's oil, but has only three per cent of known reserves. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists offers a five-step plan to cut the oil needed for the country's cars and light trucks in half, saving five million barrels per day by 2020. ... more

Sea change in US car policy
The Bush administration is abandoning a $1.5 billion, eight-year project to develop fuel-efficient petrol cars and is shifting its energy policy towards developing cleaner, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. ... more

'Governments must back hydrogen-powered future'
A world powered by hydrogen - the lightest and most abundant element in the universe - once the stuff of science fiction, is now also on its way to becoming 21st century reality, says a new report from the Washington DC-based Worldwatch Institute. ... more

'More effort needed to meet EU energy goals'
There is no chance that the European Union will meet its goal of doubling its share of energy produced from renewable sources unless the rising demand for energy can be slowed down, concludes the latest review of renewable energy policy by the European Commission. ... more

Solar energy 'a necessity'
Solar Energy is an essential component of future energy generation � and could provide 35-40 per cent of the world�s energy by 2050 � according to Peter Clements, Project Manager for BP Solar. ... more

Renewable energy for the village
Renewable energy is critical for the two million people around the world who have no access to electricity, according to the recent Village Power 2000 conference held at the World Bank in Washington DC in December 2000. ... more

Iceland shifts to hydrogen economy
Amidst escalating signs of global climate change, Iceland has become the first country to undertake a shift to a hydrogen energy economy. If the project succeeds, the island nation expects to gain complete freedom from dependence on oil or coal by 2030. In doing so, it will also eliminate its main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. ... more

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