Reports

Fallon on Climate Security

Posted By Philip Rossetti Three U.S. ships in port as Hurricane Irene passes.   In the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy, ASP board member Admiral William “Fox” Fallon, United States Navy (Ret.) emphasized how climate change poses threats to our national security. When asked by Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, “to […]

UK almost doubled solar PV capacity in 2014, reached almost 5 GW at the end of 2014

The statistics by DECC reflect steady growth in the UK solar industry and rapidly falling costs, much of which in the large-scale solar sector. Image: Martifer Solar Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures out on January 29th, 2015 show that solar electricity generation in the United Kingdom almost doubled over the course […]

Ja ranks below Syria in Global Energy Index report

BY STEVEN JACKSON Business reporter jacksons@jamaicaobserver.com KOBANI, Syria — In this Wednesday, November 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani. Here, Kurdish fighters backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels, are battling what they see as […]

6 countries produce nearly 60% of world’s CO2 emissions

 GREVENBROICH, Western Germany – In this April 3, 2014 file photo, machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city. Six countries produce nearly 60 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths. (PHOTO: AP) […]

Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

By Fabiola Ortiz Cándido Menzúa Salazar, national coordinator of the indigenous peoples of Panama, addressed the audience at the Global Landscapes Forum, the largest side event at COP 20 in Lima, on how climate change altered his agroforestry practices. Credit: Audry Córdova/COP20 Lima   LIMA, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - The magnitude of the climate changes brought […]

New climate normal’ poses severe risks to development in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) — As the planet warms further, heat-waves and other weather extremes that today occur once in hundreds of years, if ever, would become the “new climate normal,” creating a world of increased risks and instability. The consequences for development in Latin America and the Caribbean would be severe as crop yields […]

A game-changing week on climate change

  UN CLIMATE WALL AT COP 15, COPENHAGEN. (CREDIT: TROELS DEJGAARD HANSEN/CC BY 2.0) NEW YORK, United States, Friday November 21, 2014, IPS - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change. At the G20 summit in Australia, the United States pledged 3 billion dollars and Japan pledged […]

Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) recently released the publication ‘Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus’ that can be downloaded at http://www.ecn.nl/docs/library/report/2014/e14046.pdf. Why is it important? Climate change is a global problem, and one of the main challenges facing mankind this century. Climate change is driven mainly by energy use and land use changes, but at the […]

Plug-In Hybrids Are The Best Competitors To Fuel-Cell Vehicles: Here’s Why

With the imminent unveiling of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell already on sale, you can expect to hear a lot more about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the coming months. Initially they will be offered only in very low numbers, and restricted to Southern California, where the state and the […]

UN Releases Six Briefs for SIDS Conference Partnership Dialogues

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a series of six briefing papers on priority themes for discussion during the Third International Conference on Small Island Development States (SIDS), set to take place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The SIDS conference will include six multi-stakeholder ‘Partnership Dialogues’ intended to […]