Could the idea of a ‘Global Warming hoax’ itself be a hoax or political ploy?
“Outside of a small band of ideologically motivated outlets, the majority of the mainstream media is unwilling to cover the nonsensical junk science of the right-wing think tanks and their cadre of scientists for hire. With this the case, the Internet is exploding with such information. And at the same time that we’re seeing significantly more of this misinformation being spread about global warming online, we’re also seeing more people than ever using the Internet as their main source of news and information.”
Short and simple solar power slide show explores myths vs. realities of solar.
“Solar energy is the most promising source of clean, renewable energy. It is also one of the most misunderstood”
via Solar Energy Reality Check.
Copenhagen climate change activities in 2009:
“The next UN Climate Conference (COP15) will take place in November-December 2009 in Copenhagen. The University of Copenhagen will launch a series of climate activities in the run-up to the UN Conference. One of the main activities is an international research congress, which the University of Copenhagen, together with the partner universities in the IARU star alliance, will hold on 10-12 March 2009. Here the world’s top researchers will try and capture some of the enormous research energy currently being devoted to the elucidation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Information about all the climate activities taking place at the University of Copenhagen will be updated on this website.”
via Climate – University of Copenhagen.
Both Mr. Obama and leaders in Beijing have said a top priority is using energy more efficiently and advancing non-polluting technologies. China also released several recent reports laying out financial and technical means for allowing industrialized countries to help cut the climate impact from its energy use.
via Can U.S., China Team Up on Climate, Energy? – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.
Shenhua Group, the country’s biggest coal producer, said on Jan 5 that its first direct coal-to-liquids (CTL) project, the first of its kind in China, had already started operation.
via China launches first coal-to-liquids project.
Despite the recent dive in China’s electricity generation in the recession, it’s clear the country’s drive to urbanize and industrialize is going to require ever more energy, and coal remains the fuel of first and last resort.
via In China, Growth Still Trumping Green? – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.
The extraordinary growth in power generation in China in recent years, which quickly vaulted the emerging industrial powerhouse to the top of the global list of carbon dioxide emitters, has collapsed under the weight of the global economic implosion — at least for now.
via China’s Power Surge Ends (for Now) – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com.
On Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama called for doubling production of alternative energy in the United States over the next three years as part of his “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” In a speech officially rolling out the plan, he also set a goal of retrofitting more than 75 percent of federal buildings and 2 million homes to make them more energy-efficient.
via The first step toward recovery | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist.
Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said the government will increase the number of troops in the Amazon from 17,000 to 30,000 and build 28 new forts on Indian land and conservation areas of the world’s largest rain forest.