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Zerocarbonbritain � a new energy strategy
by Richard Hawkins and Arthur Girling

Britain must eliminate all carbon emissions within 20 years by halving energy demand and installing massive renewable energy generation, according to a new report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). ... more

'Peak oil' is coming soon say BP critics
Last month, the oil company BP, reported that there were sufficient oil reserves to meet current demands for another 40 years. It said there was no need to be concerned about global scarcity, despite cutting its estimates for proven reserves for the first time in 16 years. These claims have since been hotly disputed. ... more

Ban the incandescent bulb
by Lester R. Brown

A worldwide shift from incandescents to compact fluorescents could have the effect of closing 270 coal-fired power plants. ... more

Cars are grabbing world's grain supply
by Lester R. Brown

Cars, not people, will claim most of the increase in world grain consumption this year. The US Department of Agriculture projects that world grain use will grow by 20 million tons in 2006. Of this, 14 million tons will be used to produce fuel for cars in the United States, leaving only 6 million tons to satisfy the world's growing food needs. ... more

Meeting the challenge of Peak Oil
Peak oil is described as the point where oil production stops rising and begins its inevitable long-term decline. No one knows when that will be, but many experts believe we have already reached the peak. Others say it will occur within the next few years. But what will happen after Peak Oil? Here, Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, outlines his own vision of the challenge - and the necessary response. ... more

Low-cost lamps could brighten the future
Powered by solar energy, lights using LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), have the potential to light up rural villages and replace costly and polluting kerosene lamps. This report from the Christian Science Monitor tells the story. ... more

Developing a hydrogen economy in the South
Given the right support, there could be 5-10 million fuel cell vehicles globally by 2020. The time horizon for the Hydrogen Economy is long - it is at least 20 years away for developed countries. But long term change requires short term change. ... more

Coconut oil takes off as a biofuel in the Pacific
by Jeremy Hamand

Almost unnoticed, coconut oil is taking off among the Pacific islands as an alternative to imported, costly and polluting, diesel oil. Jeremy Hamand reports here on the spread of this latest biofuel, drawing in part on internet exchanges among islanders linked to the Small Islands Voice website. ... more

Making solar townships viable in Malaysia
Solar cells are notoriously costly. But this will soon change with the launch of a project aimed at making them affordable for Malaysians, reports Tan Cheng Li. ... more

Sweden goes for green energy
Twenty years after Sweden alerted the world to the meltdown at Chernobyl, it aims to phase out nuclear power and end dependency on fossil fuels, putting the country in the vanguard of green energy policy. ... more

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