Energy Consumption

The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

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Emily E. Adams
World Fossil Fuel Consumption Subsidies, 2011
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The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in 2011: some $100 billion for production and $523 billion for consumption. This was 20 percent higher than in 2010, largely because of higher world oil prices. ... Read more about The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

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Iceland Looks to Export Power Bubbling From Below

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Andrew Higgins
The Krafla plant is Iceland’s largest geothermal power station, a showcase of renewable energy. Credit Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The New York Times
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KRAFLA, Iceland — Soon after work began here on a power plant to harness some of the vast reserves of energy stored at the earth’s crust, the ground moved and, along a six-mile-long fissure, began belching red-hot lava. The eruptions continued for nine years, prompting the construction of a stone and soil barrier to make sure that molten rock did not incinerate Iceland’s first geothermal power station. ... Read more about Iceland Looks to Export Power Bubbling From Below

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Pathways for Clean Energy Access

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http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Blog/pathways-for-energy-access-39363

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Around the world, more than 1 billion people lack access to electricity, concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Improving access to clean and affordable energy services for these populations will be a critical driver for poverty reduction as well as improved health and social outcomes.

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Energy poverty deprives 1 billion of adequate healthcare, says report

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Claire Provost
Young Guineans, without access to electricity, study under carpark lights at G'bessi airport in Conakry, Guinea. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP
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Energy poverty has left more than 1 billion people in developing countries without access to adequate healthcare, with staff forced to treat emergency patients in the dark, and health centres lacking the power they need to store vaccines or sterilise medical supplies, according to a report. ... Read more about Energy poverty deprives 1 billion of adequate healthcare, says report

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Global Food - Waste Not, Want Not

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George Aggidis, Ian Arbon, Colin Brown, Charles Clarke, John Earp, Tim Fox, David Greenway, Alistair Smith, Bob Stannard, David Warriner, Simon Whatley, David Williams
Farmer tending rice paddy.
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Feeding the 9 Billion: The tragedy of waste

By 2075, the United Nations’ mid-range projection for global population growth predicts that human numbers will peak at about 9.5 billion people. This means that there could be an extra three billion mouths to feed by the end of the century, a period in which substantial changes are anticipated in the wealth, calorific intake and dietary preferences of people in developing countries across the world. ... Read more about Global Food - Waste Not, Want Not

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Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener

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Elisabeth Rosenthal
Taxes on garbage and fossil fuels are part of Ireland’s novel strategy to shrink its debt. Video by Elisabeth Rosenthal on Publish Date December 28, 2012. by Derek Speirs for The New York Times.
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DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.

The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Household trash is weighed at the curb, and residents are billed for anything that is not being recycled. ... Read more about Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener

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Thirsty Energy - Energy and Water's Interdependence

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http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/01/16/infographic-thirsty-energy-energy-and-water-interdependence

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Significant amounts of water are needed in almost all energy generation processes, from generating hydropower, to cooling and other purposes in thermal power plants, to extract­ing and processing fuels. Conversely, the water sector needs energy to extract, treat and transport water.

These interdependencies complicate possible solutions and make a compelling case to expeditiously improve integrated water and energy planning in order to avoid unwanted future scenarios. ... Read more about Thirsty Energy - Energy and Water's Interdependence

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Michael Russell

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Len Hering

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Leendert Hering Sr.

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Executive Director - Center for Sustainable Energy

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources. ... Read more about Len Hering

China: The Future of Global Energy

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GENI - Global Energy Network Institute

China: The Future of Global Energy

Created by: Vincent Tong & Patrick Poon.

Preseented by Peter Meisen, GENI, 2014-07-29, at the SimCenter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA.

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