Issues & Trends
|WHAT IS THE MDG MONITOR?|
|Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update
The year 2008 was the best yet for renewables. Even though the global economic downturn affected renewables in many ways starting in late 2008, the year was still one to remember. As Table 1, on page 22, shows, in just one year, the capacity of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants (larger than 200 kW) tripled to 3 GW.
|How Much Surface Area Would It Take to Power the World Completely With Solar or Wind?
Ever wonder how much space we would need to use to power the entire world with solar energy or offshore wind power? So did the good people at the Land Art Generator, who created two infographics that show the amount of surface area required to power our planet with renewable resources.
|Scientists Believe the True Cost of Climate Change Is Far Higher Than Anticipated
Scientists, led by Professor Martin Parry, the former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are set to warn that the UN negotiations aimed at combating climate change are based on unachievable low costs.
|Water, Water Everywhere -- and Everywhere Under Threat
Water, as we have often said, is the new carbon: the latest resource that must be conserved, and the latest element of business operations that must be measured, managed and reduced.
|Warning: Oil supplies are running out fast
The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned.
|Water Shortages Rising Across the Globe, But Especially India
Grail Research has just released a study on water shortages across the world. Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, and in countries like India and China that are rapidly growing, the scarcity will hit hardest as the culture moves towards consumerism.
|New NDRC and Google Map Tool to Guide Solar, Wind Placement
Where should new solar and wind power facilities go? Seems many of the best potential sites, including rugged, windswept regions in the Rocky Mountains to the sun-baked Mojave Desert, contain swathes of land legally set aside as national parks, or support what remains of an endangered species' dwindling habitat, for example.