Energiewende: Erneuerbare Energien lösen Braunkohle als wichtigste Stromquelle ab

Manager-magazin.de-Redakteur Nils-Viktor Sorge berichtet am 2. Juli bei SPIEGEL online. Zeitenwende in der deutschen Energiewirtschaft: Im ersten Halbjahr sind die erneuerbaren Energien erstmals zur wichtigste Quelle im Strommix aufgestiegen und haben damit die Braunkohle verdrängt. Dennoch soll die Ökostrom-Umlage nicht weiter steigen. In den ersten sechs Monaten des Jahres 2014 produzierten Windkraft-, Solar-, und Bioenergieanlagen…

Private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously

Nature Editorial (Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2193): Even if some sceptics consider climate science akin to witchcraft and politicians pursue ineffective policies, private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously. Climate protection requires no magic solutions, but it does require boldness and resolve from policy makers. Instead, what we have is the kind of political timidity that…

EU could afford to lead international climate action

Late-comers face a clear trade-off between lower short term costs and higher transitional challenges PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) 03/19/2014 (Translation: Artikel in Deutsch) – This week, the heads of the EU member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the adoption of a 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030. Despite…

Why is there no Manhattan Project to Tackle Climate Change?

We must overcome short-termism, inconvenient truths and cuts to R&D and find the Brunels of low carbon technology By Tom Delay (The Carbon Trust): Here’s a thought. If necessity is the motherhood of invention how come we are so far away from the wholesale deployment of low carbon energy technologies that can redeem humanity from…

The Ukraine Crisis An Opportunity To Switch From Fossil To Clean Energy

The current crisis between Russia, the Ukraine and the West has escalated so far to pose a threat to the energy security of Germany. The New York Times noted: “Germany is now heavily reliant on Russia for its energy needs, importing more natural gas from Russia than any other country in Europe.” Further is the situation a problem…

Isaac Asimov Explains The Carbon Tax

Thirty years ago Isaac Asimov together with Frederik Pohl explained the need and benefits of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, to address climate change causing pollution. Our Angry Earth: A Ticking Ecological Bomb, (1991) is a non-fiction book and polemic against the effects humankind is having on the environment by the science fiction writers Isaac Asimov…