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China Overtakes Japan As World's Second-Biggest Economy

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14 February 2011 

 BBC News

Japan's economy was worth $5.474 trillion (£3.414 trillion) at the end of 2010, figures from Tokyo have shown. China's economy was closer to $5.8 trillion in the same period.

Japan has been hit by a drop in exports and consumer demand, while China has enjoyed a manufacturing boom. ... Read more about China Overtakes Japan As World's Second-Biggest Economy

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Global Solar Power Growth Doubled In 2010: Study

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Gerard Wynn
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Feb-15-11
 



A general view of the new PS20 solar plant which was inaugurated last month at ''Solucar'' solar park in Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville, October 7, 2009.
 

The world added about 16 gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2010, double the growth seen a year earlier, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association told Reuters on Monday.

Uncertainty about Italian figures made a precise figure difficult, after an end-of-year rush to qualify for a higher solar power price premium, called a feed-in tariff. ... Read more about Global Solar Power Growth Doubled In 2010: Study

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Climate Change Drives Instability, U.N. Official Warns

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JOHN M. BRODER
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February 15, 2011,                                                             Christiana Figueres, in white blouse, met with children in Sehwan, Pakistan, who have been displaced by floods. 

In a speech to Spanish lawmakers and military leaders, ... Read more about Climate Change Drives Instability, U.N. Official Warns

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Coal's hidden costs top $345 billion in U.S.: study

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Scott Malone
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BOSTON | Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:57am EST

 

 (Reuters) - The United States' reliance on coal to generate almost half of its electricity, costs the economy about $345 billion a year in hidden expenses not borne by miners or utilities, including health problems in mining communities and pollution around power plants, a study found.  ... Read more about Coal's hidden costs top $345 billion in U.S.: study

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AlertNet AidWatch - New Website Gives Lowdown On Global Aid Flows

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By Katie Nguyen
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Feb 9,2011

          A displaced Afghan woman receives winter aid from the U.N refugee agency in Kabul

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Investments worth trillions at risk from climate change: study

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David Forgaty
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SINGAPORE | Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:33am EST

 Climate change could put trillions of investment dollars at risk over the next 20 years, a global study released on Wednesday said, calling for pension funds and other investors to overhaul how they allocate funds. ... Read more about Investments worth trillions at risk from climate change: study

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Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World's Fastest Growing Industrial Economy

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By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue
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Exploring an escalating confrontation over resources with global implications.

Water scarcity, rapid economic growth and soaring energy demand are forming a tightening noose that could choke off China's modernization.

Underlying China's new standing in the world, like a tectonic fault line, is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China's progress. Simply put, say Chinese authorities and government reports, China's demand for energy, particularly for coal, is outpacing its freshwater supply. ... Read more about Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World's Fastest Growing Industrial Economy

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The World Can Be Powered By Alternative Energy, Using Today's Technology, In 20-40 Years, Says Stanford Researcher Mark Z. Jacob

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BY LOUIS BERGERON
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A new study – co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi – analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen. ... Read more about The World Can Be Powered By Alternative Energy, Using Today's Technology, In 20-40 Years, Says Stanford Researcher Mark Z. Jacob

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World On The Edge: Quick Facts

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January 25, 2011

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we think systemically and fashion policies accordingly? Can we change direction before we go over the edge? Here are a few of the many facts from the book to consider:

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