Climate Change
Two internationally renowned economists – the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, and the chairperson of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, Lord Nicholas Stern, published an Op-Ed titled “Urgent Steps to Stop the Climate Door Closing” in the Financial Times.
It has been estimated that climate change adaptation will cost billions each year. While the UN climate negotiations gave dedicated funds for the task, domestic politics have resulted in unreliable contributions from governments. An innovative adaptation levy on international air travel could help to fill the gap, says a new policy briefing by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Friday, 10 June 2011 15:20

Renewable energy storage innovation

The availability of affordable and reliable electricity is an essential component of economic growth and vital for businesses and households alike. One issue in meeting this challenge is the ability to store energy for when it is needed. This is particularly relevant for renewable energy power generation, using intermittent supply technologies such as solar and wind power, where the availability of energy is often out of sync with demand.
The World Reconstruction Conference (WRC), together with the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, will host a global innovation competition. The WRC is organised by the World Bank and the United Nations.
During the Gauteng public consultation workshop on South Africa’s draft Green Paper, the then Environmental Affairs director general Joanne Yawitch urged the public to comment on the national climate change Green Paper.
The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has called for tenders for eight 100 MW geothermal power plants (a total of 800 MW of geothermal electricity) in the Silali-Bogoria Block. According to GDC, this geothermal-rich block has an estimated potential of 3 000 MWe, of which they will be developing 2 000MW in four phases. The first 800 MW phase is expected to reach the grid by 2017.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:32

On the way to Durban

Andrew Gilder, IMEBWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:29

Nasa launches climate change satellite

On 24 February, Nasa launched its latest earth-observing satellite from Vanderberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite, which is called Glory, will study tiny airborne particles and their influence on climate change.
The Vienna-based Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has called for proposed clean energy projects targeting Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. The partnership expects to fund approximately 30 projects with €4.5-million funding that was contributed from Norway and the UK.
South Africa’s nuclear energy building programme suggested that Eskom and its suppliers would require 3 000 scientists and engineers. It would also require 24 000 artisans, but 30% of the state-owned utility Eskom’s engineers are close to retirement.

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