Posts Tagged:Gas

World Energy Outlook 2013: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly

Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released its highly-anticipated World Energy Outlook 2013. As expected in my previous blogpost, the report heralds the medium-term end of the US shale gas boom but also serves as a warning that continuing with business-as-usual energy policies will put us on a path to devastating climate change. But first things…

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Before IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013: Shale gas is not an option

As the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013 will be released today, I’d like to take a look back at last week’s panel discussion “Energy future at the crossroads” in Vienna. Ingmar Höbarth, Managing Director of the Austrian Klimafonds, first talked about the global energy and climate framework and its political and economic implications: To keep…

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EARTHtalks: Dare to be great!

On Thursday May, 16th, the annual EARTHtalks brought together renowned speakers and many (especially young) people interested in climate change and the environment in Vienna’s imperial Hofburg. In her introductory remarks, Freda Meissner-Blau chose “We want a lively planet” as the theme for this inspirational event which is organized by NEONGREEN Network as an “Initiative…

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After the Fiscal Cliff, let’s focus on the Climate Cliff

Stock exchanges can be happy: In the latest possible moment (actually, even a bit later), the embarrassing US Fiscal Cliff negotiations came to the anticipated successful and positive ending with a lot of compromise (and a deferral of the problem, as if negotiators would have studies Austrian grand coalition politics). So, as we’ve found a solution to the…

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BC’s controversial energy topics: Fracking, tar sands, pipelines and tankers

Last weekend, I have attended an Earth Day panel discussion at the Vancouver Public Library where British Columbia’s most controversial energy topics were discussed. As BC is situated between Alberta’s dirty tar sands in the North and the energy-hungry United States in the South, the negative effects of possible pipeline leaks, tanker accidents and other…

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The Energy Future is 100% Renewable!

Last week was filled with good news as the IPCC released its Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation für erfreuliche Nachrichten: A share of 80% renewable energy in the global energy mix is possible until 2050 if politics provides investment and attractive subsidies. In concrete terms, annual investments of 1% of global GDP…

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