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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

January 22 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Backsliding on the Climate” Pay now to reduce carbon emissions or pay much more dearly later. That’s the message from a draft United Nations report on climate change, and it’s a message the European Commission would do well to heed. [New York Times]

Science and Technology:

  • A experts in a conference in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an unprecedented energy crunch that could inflame financial crisis and exacerbate dangerous climate change. [Resilience]
  • A study from the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory says wind energy technology can support and enhance reliability of the US power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. [North American Windpower]

World:

  • The European Union will propose to cut the region’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% in 2030 to accelerate efforts to reduce global warming, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. [Bloomberg]
  • Retail energy prices are rising dramatically across Europe even as wholesale prices and consumption are coming down. According to the European Commission, taxes and levies, set by national governments are the main culprit. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Israeli company NewCO2Fuels has developed a solar-powered carbon capture process that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen, which are reclaimed and processed into fuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • Although some reports said the wind power sector in China showed minimal growth in 2013, the actual situation was not so grim. Recently released statistics pointed to a recovery in the industry, with newly installed capacity rising 24% year on year. [eco-business.com]
  • India added just over 1 GW of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles the country’s cumulative solar energy capacity to 2.18 GW. India hopes to install 10 GW of solar by 2017 and 20 GW by 2022. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • Wednesday, the NH House will take up a bill proposing a moratorium on wind turbines, though the Science, Technology, and Energy Committee voted 13 to 6 to recommend killing it. The politics of the issue have become volatile. [New Hampshire Public Radio]
  • Existing wind energy production in New Hampshire is providing significant environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released by Environment New Hampshire. [North American Windpower]

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