Coalition for a Change?
A new Coalition Government in London with a smorgasbord of challenges, including climate, energy and the economy; the US grapples with the latest climate change bill which the President supports, and Australians are delivered a budget which shows the Government has drastically watered down its commitment to climate change action and a clean energy future. We have some angry reaction from green and clean groups, as well as Tim Flannery. Renewable energy gets a boost, but it is nowhere near enough. We profile a clean energy leader who is still waiting for Government recognition of what we can get from the waves around our shores. Looking longer term, scientists are seeing an even hotter future for life on earth in 300 years and the International Energy Agency says globally we could produce 25% of our electricity by solar in 2050. There’s research into powering sailing ships when the wind stops and how to make better use of algae for jet bio fuel. Strategic Direction gets recognition for its energy efficient Data Centres; ecospecifier gets into South East Asia, and Singapore funds recycling of demolished buildings. The Government clarifies its voluntary carbon offset standards and carbon neutral programs, while Greenpeace gets into the picture with coal ships and protests. From the Los Angeles Times, we get a Lucky Last insightful piece on a clean energy future in light of fossil fuel disasters. Could you ask for more? – Ken Hickson