Last week, some of our colleagues participated at GeoPower Europe 2009 Conference in Munich in Germany (more general facts on this link). We would like to share some personal observations and remarks: The price of ultra deep drilling as well as risks linked to Enhanced Geothermal Systems are two main obstacles of geothermal energy expansion,… » read more
Insufficient Copenhagen reduction pledges a danger for the planet In view of to containing the rise of global temperaturesglobal temperatures and climate change within acceptable limits of maximum 2 centigrade humanity will have to reduce its green house gas emissions by half before 2050; and the developed countries must bear the major burden of this… » read more
Maybe you know quite useful online utility „Google Insights“. Thanks to this service, provided under cloud computing, you can compare search volume patterns across specific properties. We looked closer at demand for keywords „geothermal“, „solar“ as well as „wind“ (among searches via Google). We compared just searches linked to industry and this made us to… » read more
Club de Madrid Members Mary Robinson and Gro Harlem Brundtland, joined by Margot Walstrom, concluded a very successful two day Road To Copenhagen conference today. The initiative, held simultaneously during the first two days of UN climate deliberations in Copenhagen, explored the necessary drivers for ensuring a Copenhagen climate change agreement based on climate justice:… » read more
While delegates from all corners of the world participate UNFCCC climate negotiations in Copenhagen (COP15) and these days they try to find a way how to tackle CO2 emissions, under their feet lies the clean energy source that could cover the total demand for electricity and heat in Denmark, EurActiv.sk informs. An extensive geological exploration… » read more
We recently spent an extended weekend in beautiful bourgs within easy driving distance of Brussels: Freiburg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; and Luxembourg (capital and country of same name). For climate change negotiators in Copenhagen, a visit to these three cities near the Rhine and the Moselle rivers could help point the way to a […]
Geothermal energy is about to be more visible in circles of European Commission since now. On 2nd December 2009 the European Technology Platform „GEOELEC – Geothermal Electricity“ had been established. This step was made in Munich, beside the Geothermal Energy Conference „GeoPower Europe“, organized by EGEC (European Geothermal Council). We are proud to write that… » read more
The 12th China-EU summit unusually took place, not in Beijing but in Nanjing, on 30 November. The Chinese delegation was led by Premier Wen Jiabao; the EU by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, President of the European Council and Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner also attended. The atmosphere was overall friendly but… » read more
The international discussion on climate change policy has unduly focused on alternatives to fossil energies. As wind, solar, biomass, heat pumps geothermal etc continue to be substantially more expensive than oil or coal, politicians have been made to believe that fighting climate change is an expensive undertaking. Whatever the outcome from Copenhagen the priority for… » read more
The BBC website is live streaming the negotiations from the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Australia is one of the worst green house gas polluters on earth. With its population of 22 million people, a third of France, it emits annually 400 million tons of C02, more than France. Its per capita emissions are close to 20 tons, higher than any other country with the exception of Canada, USA and… » read more
The following article about the start of the negotiations in Copenhagen was published by EurActiv.com on Monday 7th December. Long-awaited international talks kick off today (7 December) in Copenhagen, with negotiators from 192 countries meeting to hammer out a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change. After some hesitation, US President Barack Obama,… » read more
The recent deal agreement between EON, the biggest European power utility and Abengoa Solar, a the leading Spanish solar solar power companypower generator, for the to jointly construction and operation of build and operate two 50 MW solar thermal (CST) power plants stations in Seville underlinessymbolises important the major changes under way in European power… » read more
Blogactiv spoke to Dr Stephan Singer (Director at the WWF European Policy Office in Brussels) at the European Parliament. He explains the goals of WWF for the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
German Green Party founding member and former MEP, Frank Schwalba-Hoth spoke to Blogactiv in the European Parliament about the impact of food consumption on climate change and food security.
Blogactiv spoke to Caroline Lucas MEP, from the Green Party in the European Parliament. We asked about the relationships between eating habits and climate change.
The following article has been published by EurActiv.com on Friday 4th December. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty this week (1 December) will see the European Union assume a greater role in protecting the climate and the environment as well as on justice and immigration issues, agreed Brussels commentators in a series of… » read more
10 days before the start of the Copenhagen climate negotiations the outcome seems slightly more open than a few weeks ago. · The scientific community has just in time presented new evidence about the extremely risky acceleration of climate change, thereby putting negotiators under heavy pressure to come to substantive agreement now, rather than […]
I certainly hope so, since I played a small part in helping the man get elected last year. But a recent trip to the US makes me pause. This appeared first in my other blog, Avuncular American. ————— Les culottes à l’air, or airing the Unmentionables Cheapskate that I am, I am milking the Financial… » read more
The following post was submitted to Blogactiv by Kriton Arsenis MEP, member of the environment and fisheries committees, substitute on the development committe: The leaders of the planet gather to decide upon humanity’s future this December in Copenhagen. After the nuclear threat of the Cold War it is the first time that the very existence… » read more