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  • Trump And International Energy Poverty: Five Steps

    • Date: 17/01/17
    • Caleb Rossiter, Watts Up With That
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    By Caleb Stewart Rossiter, School of International Service and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University. Primum non nocere — above all, do no harm, says the medical maxim. In public policy, where every action has different effects on different people, the maxim becomes “above all, do no net harm.” That means that the benefits […]

  • Green Energy Scandal Brings Down Northern Irland’s Government

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Brendan Cole, International Business Times
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    Fresh elections in Northern Ireland will be called after its power-sharing Assembly collapsed over the fallout of a botched renewable energy scheme. Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness quit as deputy first minister on 9 January and, in a motion in the devolved parliament on Monday (16 January), his party refused to replace him. Under the terms […]

  • US Shale’s Great Awakening

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Julian Lee, Bloomberg
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    OPEC and its friends have just received some uncomfortable reading. U.S. shale oil production is beginning to boom again. The latest forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that their agreements to boost prices and hasten the rebalancing of oil supply and demand by cutting output may bring the U.S. shale industry out of […]

  • Poll: Majority Distrust British NGOs

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Order-order; Edelman
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    More than half of those polled now actively distrust British NGOs The release of Edelman’s annual “Trust barometer” is particularly well-timed given Oxfam’s attack on philanthropists this morning. The survey of 33,000 respondents in 28 countries has found that trust in NGOs in Britain has plummeted by four points compared to last year. This means […]

  • Beyond Physics: Advanced Biology and Climate Change

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Clive Hambler, Climate Etc
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    Reflections on the stabilization of Earth’s climate by life. People frequently believe the claim that basic physics, established in the 19th Century, is sufficient to predict that Earth will warm in response to increasing CO2. However, I argue here that negative feedbacks due to life (‘Gaia’) may have stabilized the planet’s climate — on geological […]

  • Ikea Refuses To Spend £524m Green Energy Pot In Britain Until Government Commits To More Subsidies

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Huffington Post
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    Ikea has said it won’t spend a single penny of its mammoth £524m (€600m) green fund in Britain until the government makes it easier to invest in renewable energy. In a rare attack on government policy, the Swedish flatpack giant declared it would have to go elsewhere to finance projects, including wind farms, due to the UK’s […]

  • Global Renewables Spending Falls 18% As Green Policies Suffer From Brexit-Trump Effect

    • Date: 16/01/17
    • Joe Ryan, The Independent
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     Global investments in renewable power dropped the most on record in 2016 as demand in China and Japan faltered. Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high to $287.5 billion, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It was the first decline since 2013 and comes as environmental policies face pressure from populist movements […]

  • U.S. Company Submits Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactor Application To Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    • Date: 15/01/17
    • James Conca, Forbes
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    NuScale Power is a company with a mission – to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America. As of now, they are certainly on track. Last week, NuScale announced their submission of the first design certification application for any SMR in the United States to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They did all the legwork and got all their […]

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