4 December: Quotes to Consider

Preventing climate breakdown – the four, five or six degrees of warming now predicted for this century by green extremists like, er, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and PriceWaterhouseCoopers(4,5,6) – means confronting the oil, gas and coal industry. It means forcing that industry to abandon the four-fifths or more of fossil fuel reserves that we cannot afford to burn(7). It means cancelling the prospecting and development of new reserves – what’s the point if we can’t use current stocks? – and reversing the expansion of any infrastructure (such as airports) that cannot be run without them.

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High School Student Teams Begin Quest to Harness the Sun as Metropolitan’s 11th Annual Solar Cup Kicks Off

Solar Cup, which began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, about 8,300 students have participated in Solar Cup competitions, which allow students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California’s water sources, resource management and alternative energy development.

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Former World Leaders Ask UN Security Council to Recognize Water as a Top Concern

The potential of water shortages in many parts of the world is sobering. This report from the InterAction Council must be shared worldwide. – GRM   World confronts serious water crisis, former heads of government and experts warn in new report; India and China may exceed supplies in less than 20 years “The world today confronts a water crisis with critical implications for peace, political stability and economic development, experts warn in a new report being launched…

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The SAP Utilities Conference Scheduled: Utility Industry Innovates for the Future

The SAP for Utilities North American conference will bring together hundreds of utilities professionals to network and learn from one another how to leverage new technology to achieve critical performance objectives. A collaboration of SAP America, Inc., the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), and The Eventful Group, the SAP for Utilities conference is a four-day event and community gathering taking place September 9-12, 2012, in Hollywood, Florida.

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ICF International Integrated Energy Outlook Projects 70 GW of Fossil-Fired Capacity Retirements over the Next Four Years

ICF International, a provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the second quarter of 2012. The study highlights the near- and long-term future of gas prices; the impacts of proposed U.S. federal environmental regulations; and projections on pollution control installations, coal production, and renewable energy development.

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IEA Report: Natural Gas Is Not The Answer To Climate Problem, Existing Cleantech Is — And It Could Save $100 Trillion By 2050

Thanks very much to Zach Shahan at Clean Technica and Joe Romm from Climate Progress for posting this information about Cleantech based on an International Energy Association report. [repostus hash=1e3e2a3a50c53762517c732ed29e7f92 title=IEA+Report%3A+Natural+Gas+Is+Not+The+Answer+To+Climate+Problem%2C+Existing+Cleantech+Is+%E2%80%94+And+It+Could+Save+%24100+Trillion+By+2050 host=Clean+Technica short=1emHV snip=%C2%A0When+I+repost+an+article%2C+I+don%E2%80%99t+often+include+the+same+title%2C+but+in+some+cases%2C+I+see+no+better+option.+The+title+above+says+it+all%2C+in+my+humble+opinion.+Natural+gas+is+not+a+wonder+drug+that+is+going+to+get+us+out+of+a+hellish+and+catastrophic+future+%28which+all+measurements+indicate+has+already%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F2188262 jump=3]

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Humans Using Resources & Emitting Waste “52 Percent Faster than the Earth Can Sustain”

For those wondering how well we are managing waste on this planet, this post at Clean Technica should serve as another sobering wake-up call for responsible action. “WWF International Director General Jim Leape said with the current trend of consumption, two planets will be needed by 2030 to support not just the human race but every living creature in it as well.” Photo: alanah.montreal [repostus hash=4996d84724aefdd9de9a7b0464baf0c1 title=Humans+Using+Resources+%26%23038%3B+Emitting+Waste+%26%238220%3B52+Percent+Faster+than+the+Earth+Can+Sustain%26%238221%3B host=Clean+Technica short=1ev3A snip=%C2%A0by+WWF+Humanity+is+using+resources+and+emitting+waste+%28particularly+carbon+dioxide+from+fossil+fuel+burning%29+at+a+rate+52+percent+faster+than+the+Earth+can+sustain+according+to+WWF%E2%80%99s+Living+Planet+Report+2012.+The+report+was+launched+from+the+International+Space+Station+on+the+15th%C2%A0of+May+by+Andr%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F2198639 jump=5]

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