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  • Representatives from ten pioneering countries establish Renewables Club
    Jun 3, 2013 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Ten of the world's leading renewable energy nations have joined forces to form the 'Renewables Club', an international body aimed at spurring the take up of clean energy in other parts of the globe.

  • IEA warns Ireland to invest even more in renewables to meet 40% by 2020 target
    Jul 11, 2012 -

    Ireland must invest even more in renewable technologies, expand grid integration and improve energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency says in a review of Irish energy policies, published today.

  • Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy
    Jun 26, 2012 -

    Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative.

  • Cuba Focuses Efforts on Renewable Energy
    Jun 11, 2012 -

    Cuba looks forwards to adding a 16.5 percent renewable energy contribution to the country's energy output as a crucial factor for security, sustainability and sovereignty. 

  • IEA calls for doubling of clean energy spending by 2020
    Jun 11, 2012 - Michel Rose -

    Global investments in clean energy need to double by 2020 to avoid missing climate change targets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday, calling on governments to spend more on technologies such as carbon storage and solar power. 

  • Activists Crack China’s Wall of Denial About Air Pollution
    Feb 8, 2012 - SHARON LaFRANIERE -

    BEIJING — Weary of waiting for the authorities to alert residents to the city’s most pernicious air pollutant, citizen activists last May took matters here into their own hands: they bought their own $4,000 air-quality monitor and posted its daily readings on the Internet.

  • Co2 Emissions Said Historic High
    Sept. 07, 2011 -

    PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- Energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, the latest estimates from the International Energy Agency in Paris indicate.

  • Carbon War Room releases Livestock Report
    Aug 19, 2011 - Guy Pinjuv, Ph.D., Lead Analyst and Matthew Cullinen, Editor -

    Over the next decade and beyond, Brazil will rely heavily on the clearing of tropical forests to make way for the expansion of livestock rangeland.

  • New Report Warns Against Investments in New or Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
    Mar 13, 2011 -

    Replacing Coal Plants with Cheaper, Cleaner, Less Risky Alternatives Would Save Lives and Curb Climate Change Emissions

  • Renewable Energy and the Middle East Revolutions
    Mar 05, 2011 - Avril David - The CSR Blog -

    As protesters across the Middle East continue their fight for democracy and liberation, speculators have drawn attention to the inevitable impact of this instability and change on the oil and gas sector, in oil price spikes.

  • FERC, DOE Seek Better Grid Integration of Wind and Solar Energy
    Dec 06, 2010 - Renewable Energy World

    Washington, DC, United States -- Today, the nations regulatory commission, FERC, proposed a reform to its rules that would help integrate renewable energy into the nation's energy mix.

  • Report Says US Military Needs to be Petroleum Free by 2040
    Nov 10, 2010 - Energy Boom

    A new report, entitled Fueling the Future Force, from the Center For a New American Security states the U.S. military must become oil free by 2040 in order to reduce operational vulnerabilities and cost, and security risks caused by climate change as well as dwindling oil reserves.

  • Nordic Prime Ministers Call for Electricity Market Without Borders
    Nov 09, 2010 - Energy Central

    Nordic prime ministers have added their weight to the call for further progress toward a Nordic electricity market free from national borders, according to a statement reaching here from Reykjavik on Tuesday.

  • Engineers call for greater focus on renewable energy
    Aug 24, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mohammad Ben Hussein Jordan Times

    The Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) on Wednesday called on the government to promote the use of alternative sources of energy to meet the rising demand for electricity.

  • World leaders make new call for clean energy commitments
    Jan 18, 2010 - Ali Khalil - Google News

    World leaders raised a fresh alarm on global warming Monday, urging international action to increase use of clean energy at a four-day forum that opened in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi.

  • Investors Representing $13 Trillion Call for Climate Action Now
    Jan 14, 2010 - ENS News

    New York, January 14, 2010 (ENS) - The world's largest investors today issued a statement calling on the United States and other governments to "act now to catalyze development of a low-carbon economy and to attract the vast amount of private capital necessary for such a transformation."

  • Panel wants national energy management strategy
    Jan 6, 2010 - Elwin Green - Washington Post

    A panel of academic, government and business leaders came together yesterday to urge further collaboration toward a comprehensive national energy management strategy that can exploit the potential savings of increased energy efficiency.

  • Local government can play major role in promoting renewable energies
    Dec 8, 2009 - renewable energy

    Every city in the world should undertake policy development to support the deployment of renewable energy, recommends a 200-page report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

  • Copenhagen climate change conference: 'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation'
    Dec 7, 2009 - The Guardian

    This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages

  • Newspapers Worldwide Call for Climate Change Action
    Dec 7, 2009 -

    On the first day of the Copenhagen climate conference, 56 newspapers publishing in 20 languages in 45 countries publish an unprecedented joint editorial calling for meaningful action to face the threat posed by climate change. Steve Mirsky reports. The editorial:

  • Rethinking ideas for the future energy
    Oct, 2009 - Costco Connection

    Ending our reliance on carbon-based fuels.

  • Chinese premier calls for Sino-U.S. cooperation on clean energy
    Oct 21, 2009 - Xinhua

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday China and the United States should make joint efforts to push forward cooperation on clean energy and climate change in a substantial way.

  • China urges international cooperation, dialogue for "green" development
    Oct 16, 2009 - Xinhua

    Chinese top political advisor Jia Qinglin Friday called for international cooperation, shared responsibility and dialogue to promote sustainable development worldwide

  • Climate Roulette
    Oct 13, 2009 - Mark Hertsgaard - The Nation

    They say that everyone who finally gets it about climate change has an "Oh, shit" moment--an instant when the full scientific implications become clear and they suddenly realize what a horrifically dangerous situation humanity has created for itself. Listening to the speeches, groundbreaking in their way, that President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao delivered September 22 at the UN Summit on Climate Change, I was reminded of my most recent "Oh, shit" moment.

  • G-20 calls for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies to fight global warming
    Sep 26, 2009 - The Associated Press

    The Group of 20 major developed and emerging economies called Friday for phasing out "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" as a way of combating global warming following their two-day summit in Pittsburgh.

  • Obama wants worldwide end of fossil fuel subsidies
    Sep 23, 2009 - Seth Borenstein - Seattle Times

    President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming.

  • Falling behind on green tech
    Aug 3, 2009 - John Doerr and Jeff Immelt - The Washington Post

    America confronts three interrelated crises: an economic crisis, a climate crisis and an energy security crisis. We believe there's a fourth: a competitiveness crisis. This crisis is particularly evident in America's worldwide standing in the next great global industry, green technology.

  • Warning: oil supplies are running out fast
    Aug 3, 2009 - Steve Connor - The Independent Science

    The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned.

  • Al Gore: Australia can be path-breaking "early responder" to climate change
    Jul 13, 2009 - DESERTEC

    Australia can play an influential global role as a path-breaking, innovative 'early responder' to climate change, according to Nobel Prize-winning climate change guru Al Gore.

  • G-8 to call for expanding investment in renewable energy field
    Jul 2, 2009 - The Associated Press

    Leaders of the Group of Eight advanced countries will vow to build up policies and expand investment in the renewable energy field to help solve both energy security and climate change issues, a draft statement shows.

  • Toward a renewables-friendly-grid
    Jun, 2009 - Susan Arterian-Chang - IEEE Spectrum

    A great deal of money and deep technical expertise are now in place to get the U.S. transmission system ready for lots more wind and some more solar. But radical reform of management and regulation will also be required.

  • U.S. green economy needs plan to hit potential: study
    Jun 11, 2009 - Timothy Gardner - Reuters

    NEW YORK - The United States should pass a comprehensive energy plan to ensure the number of jobs in environmental fields, such as renewable energy and cutting air pollution, will keep rising as they did in the decade to 2007, a Pew report said on Wednesday.

  • Scientists urge G8+5 leaders to speed up low-carbon tech
    Jun 11, 2009 - Asia Paulse Data Source

    Warning that climate change was taking place "faster than previously estimated," a group of scientists from developed and developing countries, including India, have appealed to world leaders to accelerate the development and introduction of low carbon technologies to tackle global warming.

  • African business urged to invest in green economy
    Jun 4, 2009 - Xinhua

    The African business community must invest in the green economy if it is to withstand advances in other parts of the world, an official from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said here on Thursday.

  • Secretary Chu opinion piece in Times of London
    May 27, 2009 - U.S. Department of Energy

    The Tuesday, May 26, 2009 edition of the Times of London includes the following opinion piece from Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighting President Obama's commitment to improving  America's energy policy and addressing the global climate crisis.

  • Bill Clinton: Going green is good for economy
    May 19, 2009 - JAE-SOON CHANG - The Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea - The world can fight global warming in a way that makes sense economically, and the battle can even help countries overcome the ongoing economic crisis, former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday.

  • Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook
    Mar 11, 2009 - German Aerospace Center & European Renewable Enertgy Council

    Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable U.S.A. Energy Outlook details how the United States can cut greenhouse gas emissions to the levels we must reach in order to prevent the worst effects of global warming and simultaneously build a sustainable economy.

  • Friedman: Government must stimulate green revolution
    Mar 11, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Brandon Loomis The Salt Lake Tribune

    America urgently needs a "green revolution," and it won't be painless, columnist and author Thomas Friedman told a sold-out crowd at Salt Lake City's Abravanel Hall on Tuesday night.

  • Nation's leaders urge action on better electricity grid
    Feb 23, 2009 - CNN

    • They say changes would boost economy, diminish effects of climate change
    • Department of Energy will invest in research, secretary says at summit
    • Clinton says improved infrastructure "is the key to our job growth"
    • Billionaire investor says nation must retrofit homes and businesses

  • Ike's granddaughter calls for modern electrical grid
    Feb 12, 2009 - Charleston Daily Mail

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Susan Eisenhower, a noted consultant on energy matters, said a modern electricity grid would boost the nation's economy in numerous ways, just as the Interstate highway system, which was conceived by her grandfather - President Dwight D. Eisenhower - changed the country.

  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu issues dire warning on global warming
    Feb 3, 2009 - Jim Tankersley

    WASHINGTON — The Upper Midwest and West could face water shortages and California's major cities could be in jeopardy if Americans do not act to slow the advance of global warming, Energy Secretary and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu said Tuesday.

  • FERC: Electric Vehicles Must Be Integrated Into Grid
    Jan 26, 2009 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Monday regulators and the automobile industry must integrate electric vehicles into the national power grid.

  • Richardson calls for green energy economy
    Jan 21, 2009 - Barry Massey - The Associated Press

    Santa Fe- Gov. Bill Richardson called on the Legislature Tuesday to look beyond the state's immediate budget crisis and to push forward with governmental programs, investments and tax cuts that can help create jobs for New Mexicans.

  • Nation’s Largest Investors Call for ‘Green Recovery’
    Jan 26, 2009 - CERES-INCR

    Urge Congress to Support Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy in Economic Stimulus Bill
    Washington, D.C.- A group of 44 investors managing over $1.7 trillion in assets called on Congressional leaders today to include significant funding for energy efficiency, clean energy and clean transportation in the economic stimulus bill being debated this week on Congress.

  • President Obama's Inaugural Speech
    Jan 20, 2009

    Statements relevant to renewable energy and the grid are highlighted.

  • Obama Renewables Plan More Ambitious Than Appears
    Jan 12, 2009 - Reuters

    LOS ANGELES - President-elect Barack Obama's call for an ambitious renewable energy plan underscores just how bad things have gotten for makers of solar panels and wind turbines.

  • Ocean Energy Agenda Supported by Coastal Mayors, Industrial Leaders, Academics and Environmentalists
    Coalition Praises Obama Transition Team for Attention to Ocean Renewable Energy Issues
    Dec 22, 2008 - Environmental Defense Fund

    Ocean energy has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in the United States and generate as much as 10 percent of the nation’s demand for electricity, the equivalent of all hydroelectric energy in the U.S. today. This good news comes from a growing and diverse coalition who recently presented a roadmap for harnessing the power of the ocean to transition teams from the incoming Obama administration. The document details how to fix the confusing – and sometimes contradictory - array of federal regulations that now govern the industry.

  • SEIA Policy Priorities for the New Administration
    December, 2008 - Solar Energy Industries Association SEIA

    Solar Energy Fuels Domestic Job Growth: A Blueprint for Job Creation and Economic Security The current economic crisis requires the United States government to make strategic investments in industries that will improve our economy. At the same time, our nation has an opportunity to invest in industries that foster our energy independence, improve our security and reduce our greatest environmental risk - global warming. Increasing the use of solar energy will provide a clean, reliable and domestic source of energy while creating millions of new jobs. Solar is not only the cleanest technology, but solar produces more jobs per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity than any other source of energy.

  • Prestigious Panel Calls for Aggressive Action to Address Climate Change
    Nov 13, 2008 - The Presidential Climate Action Project

    The Presidential Climate Action Project today released its long-awaited plan for revitalizing the nation's economy, protecting the environment and enhancing national security through bold climate action.

  • U.N. urges quicker transfer of green technology to poorer countries
    Nov. 7, 2008 - The Associated Pres

    U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer said Friday it is essential that industrialized countries speed up the transfer of clean energy technology to poorer ones to help tackle global warming.

  • New Report: America's Economic Future Must Be Built On a Foundation Of Clean Energy
    Nov 11, 2008 - Environment America

    Washington, DC - As President-elect Obama and a new Congress prepare to meet today's economic and environment challenges, Environment America released a report that lays out a blueprint for how we can power America for the 21st century, protecting our environment while revitalizing our economy.

  • Al Gore group urges Obama to create U.S. power grid
    Nov 6, 2008 - Deborah Zabarenko - Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection has some environmental advice for the incoming Obama administration: focus on energy efficiency and renewable resources, and create a unified U.S. power grid.

  • UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative
    Oct 30, 2008 - UNEP -

    Mobilizing and re-focusing the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and 'natural' infrastructure such as forests and soils is the best bet for real growth, combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century.

  • Clean energy 2030
    Oct 1, 2008 - Dan Reicher, Director, Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, and Jeffery Greenblatt, Climate and Energy Technology Manager,

    Right now the U.S. has a very real opportunity to transform our economy from one running on fossil fuels to one largely based on clean energy. We are developing the technologies and know-how to accomplish this. We can build whole new industries and create millions of new jobs. We can reduce energy costs, both at the gas pump and at home. We can improve our national security. And we can put a big dent in climate change. With strong leadership we could be moving forward on an aggressive but realistic timeline and an approach that balances costs with real economic gains.

  • Al Gore speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York
    September 2008 - Matthew Knight - CNN

    Former vice president and environmental campaigner Al Gore has urged young people to protest against new coal-fired power plants that don't use carbon capture and storage technology.

  • Scientists call for curbing coal burning
    Sep 16, 2008 - UPI

    U.S. scientists say they've determined curbing carbon dioxide emissions from coal might avert climate danger.

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt offers energy plan
    Sep 9, 2008 - Matt Nauman - San Jose Mercury News - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Calif. - Move over, Al Gore. Step aside, T. Boone Pickens. Google's Eric Schmidt has an energy plan he says will solve many of America's problems.

  • Council on Competitiveness to Release 100-Day Energy Action Plan for America
    Sep 3, 2008 - Market Wire

    On September 9, the Council on Competitiveness will release a 100-Day Energy Action Plan to guide the next Administration and Congress toward a comprehensive energy strategy. The Council -- comprised of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders -- has developed a plan that offers solutions to provide affordable energy for businesses and individuals, retain and create quality domestic jobs, and protect the environment.

  • Business leaders: Make renewable energy cheaper
    Aug 19, 2008 - Oskar Garcia -The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS - Representatives from corporate giants Google Inc. and General Electric Co. said Tuesday that transitioning the United States to renewable energy on a large scale would be possible - if renewable energy were cheaper.

  • Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens: Clear path for wind power
    Jul 22, 2008 - Daily News-Money

    WASHINGTON - Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens asked Congress on Tuesday to "clear the path" for his plan to boost use of wind and natural gas for U.S. energy needs.

  • Gore: Carbon-free electricity in 10 years doable
    Jul 17, 2008 - Dina Cappiello - The Associated Press

    Former Vice President Al Gore called Thursday for a "man on the moon" effort to switch all of the nation's electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, a goal that he said would solve global warming as well as economic and natural security crises caused by dependence on fossil fuels.

  • Climate Threat to the Planet - Implications for Energy Policy (ppt) or (pdf) and Letter to President Fukuda
    Jul 4, 2008 - Jim Hansen - United Nations University, Tokyo Japan

    1. Knowledge Gap Between - What is Understood (science) - What is Known (public/policymakers) 2. Planetary Emergency - Climate Inertia - Warming in Pipeline - Tipping Points - Could Lose Control 3. Good News & Bad News - Safe Level of CO2 < 350 ppm - Multiple Benefits of Solution

  • Years Later, Climatologist Renews His Call for Action
    Jun 23, 2008 - Andrew Rivkin - New York Times

    Twenty years ago Monday, James E. Hansen, a climate scientist at NASA, shook Washington and the world by telling a sweating crowd at a Senate hearing during a stifling heat wave that he was "99 percent" certain that humans were already warming the climate.

  • The Next President's First Task [A Manifesto]
    May 2008 - Robert F. Kennedy Jr - Vanity Fair

    There are a number of things the new president should immediately do to hasten the approaching boom in energy innovation. A carbon cap-and-trade system designed to put downward pressure on carbon emissions is quite simply a no-brainer. There's a second thing the next president should do, and it would be a strategic masterstroke: push to revamp the nation's antiquated high-voltage power-transmission system so that it can deliver solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy across the country.

  • Congressman says country must end oil industry tax breaks
    Jan 8, 2008 - Mark Hollis - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    PALM BEACH GARDENS - U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney said Monday that Congress should take another stab this year at ending billions of dollars in oil-industry tax breaks and use the subsidies to fund research on renewable fuels.

  • Companies From Around The World Lay Out Groundbreaking Global Framework To Fight Climate Change
    Feb 20, 2007 - Press Release - GROCC

    Air France, Alcoa, Allianz, Bayer, Citigroup, DuPont, Eni, Eskom, FPL Group, General Electric, Ricoh, Vattenfall and Volvo are among more than 90 companies and organizations who have endorsed a bold framework for clean energy, climate change action.

  • Increasing Renewable Energy in U.S. Can Solve Global Warming
    Jan 24, 2007 -

    The alternative scenario in this report, which urgently calls for new policy and standards, corrects the record on nukes and coal.

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