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Iceland’s going to clean your dirty data!

No Comments 23 February 2012

Were you involved in Greenpeace’s dirty data campaign against Facebook? If so a big slap on the back. Last December Facebook ceded defeat and announced its goal to run on clean energy in the future – in other words move away from coal power. Continue Reading

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Electric cars: cutting or increasing emissions?

No Comments 04 March 2011

This big push towards electric cars has long puzzled me. On the face of it, the move looks like a great way to reduce emissions by replacing the internal combustion engine with batteries. However, what everyone seems to be forgetting is that in most countries electricity is generated by coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels around.

According to the World Coal Association, coal accounts for 41% of global electricity production. However, what is really worrying is that in some of the world’s largest countries, coal accounts for an even larger percentage of electricity production; namely the USA at 49% and China at 79%. Continue Reading

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Alternative energy: are rising oil prices the catalyst we need?

No Comments 24 February 2011

I wondered when the oil debate was going to raise its ugly head again. What with the recent price hikes and growing unrest in the Gulf States, it was only a matter of time before the black stuff was back in the headlines.

And sure enough, as the cost approaches $100 a barrel and a democratic fervour sweeps the Arab world, oil is back on the radar. And I’ve got a feeling it could be here for a while.

For many, this will mean painful times ahead, as prices continue to rise and the whole question of the political stability surrounding its supply comes into focus. Continue Reading

Future Earth

Stop shopping? Not for all the coal in China

No Comments 17 February 2011

So here’s what’s bothering me. It is estimated that in the developing world, coal consumption will increase by 20 per cent over the next 20 years. Clearly that’s heading in the wrong direction – and guess where the demand is?

China, which currently generates more than 70 per cent of its electricity with coal, and which will build more power stations in the next 25 years (some say sooner) than America, Japan and the EU currently possess.

Gulp. Time to break out the dinghies! Continue Reading


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