Moroccan Solar Project Gets Go Ahead

via the Cleantechnica.com site: World Bank Group Co-Finances Morocco’s Ouarzazate 500 MW Solar Thermal Power Project NOVEMBER 19, 2011 BY ANDREW BURGER The World Bank approved $297 million in loans to Morocco to support construction and operation of Morocco’s 500-megawatt (MW) Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, one of several large scale solar power projects in various stages of planning or development across the solar energy rich Middle East-North Africa region. … Read more Moroccan Solar Project Gets Go Ahead

Theodore Enslin (1925-2011)

Though I always enjoyed Enslin’s lyrical work, those volumes upon volumes of small poems or sequences of small poems, with very often musical titles — Etudes, etc. — the moments of deepest  involvement with that magisterial oeuvre came in the early seventies in England when I read through the three long poems that I believe are & will remain the core of the work: the four volumes + Coda … Read more Theodore Enslin (1925-2011)

World Trade, Food, Environment

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 11/22/2011 Growing world trade makes food production cheaper – at the expense of the environment Further opening of the markets for agricultural products leads to lower production costs for food. This will happen at the expense of the environment though, if for example forests are turned into cropland. The conflict of interests between food production and climate protection … Read more World Trade, Food, Environment

Who Runs the World ?

Here the opening paragraphs of an article from Planetsave . You can read the whole thing here. Who Runs the World ? – Network Analysis Reveals ‘Super Entity’ of Global Corporate Control AUGUST 28, 2011 BY MICHAEL RICCIARDI In the first such analysis ever conducted, Swiss economic researchers have conducted a global network analysis of the most powerful transnational corporations (TNCs). Their results have revealed a core of 787 firms with … Read more Who Runs the World ?

Low solar activity shows little impact on climate

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/01/2011 Study on the Little Ice Age: Low solar activity just marginally cools the climate    The weakening sun was not the determinant factor for the Little Ice Age. Strong volcanic eruptions in particular, but also a smaller amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were important factors during this period of cooler climate in the 16th and 17th … Read more Low solar activity shows little impact on climate

Latest Potsdam Institute Report

I enjoy the Potsdam Institute’s reports, though at times, like today, they seem too much in bed, or at least embedded in industry — but then of course energy is the biggest industry around & there is no model for a non-business (i.e. non-capitalist) alternative energy grid. Interesting though that in the report below the association Europe-North Africa is taken for granted, even if any definitions of such intercourse remain unspoken. … Read more Latest Potsdam Institute Report

Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 21/02/2011 EU climate target: Less CO2-emissions could trigger more economic growth. Increasing the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target from 20% to 30% could help boosting European investments from 18% to up to 22% of GDP, leading to a GDP increase of up to €620bn ($840bn) and the creation of up to 6 millions additional jobs. These are … Read more Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

5 a.m. Lucubrations…

… as the snowploughs drive me out of sleep & bed to the desk where I open the window against the offensive heat of a  mid-winter Brooklyn apartment building, and relax in the light swoosh of cars cruising along the Belt Parkway in 3 or 4 inches of new snow.  I haven’t read the book yet, but love the circuitous way the news of its publication came to me: … Read more 5 a.m. Lucubrations…

Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

Here the latest Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). I would add a sixth challenge without which the other five will remain beholden to the old and persistent ways of doing things that got us into this situation in the first place, namely an epistemological change in our way of thinking about homo (not so) sapiens as player in the world. A change that … Read more Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia

Just in case we’ve forgotten about the Big Weather question while biting our nails worrying about the Republican backlash next week, here’s an article to remind us of the bigger picture out there. And it ain’t a pretty picture: Kyrgyzstan: Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia’s Ecological and Energy Future This year, according to the whitewater-rafting guide, the water was too high, it was too dangerous. The group of beginners … Read more Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia