In December 2008 the EU has decided onto providing at least 20 percent of its energy needs – the equivalent of 30 percent of its electricity consumption – supply from renewable sources by 2020 latest. To that end, it will need to generate about one third of its electricity from renewables. This is anything but… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘Spain’s renewables boom seen driving gas capacity‘: The various statements heard during recent weeks by the Spanish transmission system operators for electricity (REE) and gas respectively (Enagas) that Spain would still need to further increase its combined cycle power plants as back-up power for the safe integration of large amounts of wind power… » read more
As of January 1st, the new Brazilian climate legislation (“National Policy on Climate Change Act”) has entered into force. It fixes ambitious targets. By 2020 green house gas emissions should be 39 percent lower than “business as usual”, which should bring back Brazil‘s emissions back to 1994 levels. To reach this objective, Brazil must first… » read more
As of January 1, 2010, France was supposed to have launched its ecological tax reform, under which fossil energy would be taxed at increasingly higher rates and taxes on income and would be lowered correspondingly. On December 27th, the Conseil d`Etat has, however, declared the envisaged legislation as unconstitutional, on the grounds that it contained… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘Algae: The ultimate biofuel‘: Because microalgae can, in principle, be easily and quickly propagated, these organisms have been the focus of applied research investigating the generation of valuable biomass. Decisive factors in the rising intersts for algae include its ability to accommodate large quantities of lipids under certain circumstances, and the possibility to… » read more
The following is a brief introduction to a 7-minute documentary about melting glaciers in Bolivia, which has been sent to Blogactiv by Anders Vang Nielsen at The Democracy Center. As the world discusses the looming threat of climate change, we must listen to the stories and peoples who have experienced it firsthand. The endangered glacier… » read more
In October EU ministers and heads of state met under the Swedish EU Presidency to discuss how to fight global poverty and combat climate change.The Swedish press reported over Christmas that the participants in these so-called European Development Days…
Tomorrow is the last day of this year and we should not cross the bridge before we come to it. Therefore, the last article in 2009 Geothermania dedicates not to writing about the perspectives for 2010, but to summarizing the ending year. Scott Sklar: Year 2009 in favor of geothermal energy „This year in clean… » read more
President Mogae, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and Former President of Botswana, spoke to Blogactiv at the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Kumi Naidoo (tcktcktck and also Executive Director of Greenpeace International) explained to Blogactiv the outcome that Greenpeace and tcktcktck are hoping for from the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Mr Christiansen (Senior Adviser, The Technical and Environmental Administration Department, City of Copenhagen) explains some of the Environmental projects currently underway in the city of Copenhagen.
Mayor Koutz tells Blogactiv about the role of Mayors in the United States and Europe for combating climate change.
Linda McAven (MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber) tells us her thoughts about the influence of local government in slowing the impact of climate change after taking part in the Committee of the Regions side event at the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Mr Endou (President of Tuvalu Overview) explains some of the problems being faced by the tiny islands of Tuvalu and why the Copenhagen Climate Conference is important.
Blogactiv spoke to the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, President Lagos (Former President of Chile and President of the Club de Madrid), about the progress and complications of reaching a deal at the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Since the financial crisis stroke some 18 months ago, substantial discussions have taken place both on Climate change and on how to globally save the financial industry, albeit few have tried to link both themes. Consider the financial crisis as a result of a chain reaction triggered by such key elements as the massive facilities… » read more
A truly fascinating session in the COP15 Bella Centre was staged by The Club of Madrid earlier today. As an organisation with a small galaxy of former heads of government as members, they bring significant experience, knowledge, influence and respect to an event. They didn’t let us down today. Broadly, their position can be summarised… » read more
Today was Day 1 for the EurActiv / Blogactiv team at the COP15 event in Copenhagen. Today is the day we had been waiting for. And wait we did! If you have read stories in your international newspapers about the time it has been taking people to get in to the event, I can confirm… » read more
The following interview was published on Moday 14th December by EurActiv.com. The United States succeeded in bringing people to the moon: a dream that nobody thought would be realised. Perhaps we should think of climate protection as the new Apollo programme, the vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation in Copenhagen, Karl-Heinz Florenz, told EurActiv in […]
This post attempts to see beyond the Climate change emotional ‘layer’ and tries identifying the basic mechanics at stake in Copenhagen talks.