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100% Renewables in my Lifetime

Very recently WWF released a new report which argues the case for a near 100% renewable energy system by 2050 (I remain optimistic with regards my longevity) as a solution to the environmental issues and resource depletion associated with the...

Posted February 14, 2011    

A focus on South Africa

With COP 17 being held in Durban this year, there will be quite some attention paid to how South Africa responds to its own 2020 national pledge. This was articulated in a letter to the UNFCCC from the Department of Environmental Affairs on 29th...

Posted February 3, 2011    

The focus turns to the 2020s

I made the point in my last post that many developing countries could be hard pressed to meet their 2020 emission reduction goals simply because the clock was now running against them. The reality is that from a major infrastructure point...

Posted January 26, 2011    

Cancun: Spending the money

What started in Copenhagen as an aspiration for $30 billion in fast-start financing and up to $100 billion per annum by 2020 in North-South financing flow has been translated into the Cancun agreements as the beginnings of long term arrangements for...

Posted January 12, 2011    

Signs for 2011: London Introduces Electric Car Charging Stations

Electric car infrastructure has been appearing in London over the last 12 months, with charging stations now in several inner-city locations and in the car park of at least one major shopping mall. One particular enticement, besides the...

Posted December 30, 2010    

Climate Change: The rise of a Google issue

As time rushes by it is too easy to forget how long some things have been around for or how they have developed over time. This is certainly true of energy and technology, where changes can take decades. The first nuclear reactor was built at the...

Posted December 22, 2010    

Cancun: A reason for optimism?

Looking at a set of newspaper headlines earlier this week one might get the impression that nobody was quite sure whether progress had been made in Cancun or if it was another UN standoff. At least in the media clippings I had, the sense of...

Posted December 17, 2010    

Cancun: A tale of two cities

Irrespective of the final outcome in Cancun this week, one issue that has become glaringly apparent over the last 12 days, at least as far as the international negotiations go, is that the opportunity for dialogue and interaction between government...

Posted December 10, 2010    

Revisiting the science: Climate Change Exhibit at the London Science Museum

At about this time last year thousands of people were standing in the snow in long lines outside the convention centre in Copenhagen where COP 15 was underway. There was great expectation in the air, but equally concern that months of unrelenting...

Posted December 3, 2010    

Revisiting a carbon price

This week the new Australian Government will sit down again with various society representatives to restart the discussion on emissions policy, with a particular focus on the delivery of a carbon price signal into the economy.  These meetings...

Posted November 26, 2010    

Value for money in tough times? Wind and Gas in the United Kingdom

As the United Kingdom and many other economies contemplate the need for new power generation capacity, a range of options are clearly available. Much has been made in recent years of the potential for offshore wind in the UK and some believe that...

Posted November 19, 2010    

Short and long term strategies

I have been at the first Doha Carbon and Energy Forum this week, organized by Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Foundation with support from ExxonMobil. The event focused on steps that could be taken in Qatar and the region to begin to address the issue...

Posted November 12, 2010