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Monthly Archive: January 2008

Saving the World from Cows

Written by , on January 29, 2008

Japanese researchers believe that they have found a way to neutralise the methane in the belches of the world’s 1.5 billion cows which is thought to account for five per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows produce astonishing quantities of methane gas as the bacteria in their stomachs breaks down plant fibres. Their near-constant cud-chewing […]  Read more »

Shell Chief Predicts Oil Shortage

Written by , on January 27, 2008

It’s not the first time that an oil shortage has been predicted but it is the first time that such a prediction has come from the head of the world’s second largest oil company. Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, said in an e-mail to the company’s staff this week that demand for oil […]  Read more »

Japan Pledges $US40 billion and Wants 30% Improvement by 2020

Written by , on January 26, 2008

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda today vowed to cut carbon emissions and help developing nations cope with global warming. Over the next five years, Japan will spend $US30 billion on new environmental technology at home and provide another $US10 billion for developing countries. Fukuda also proposed a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency globally by […]  Read more »

UN and Business Leaders Say Water Is Top Priority

Written by , on January 26, 2008

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, reminded business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum that the conflict in the Dafur region of Sudan arose out of a drought. “Too often, where we need water we find guns instead,” he said. “Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change.” He quoted a report […]  Read more »

European Countries Set Renewable Energy Targets

Written by , on January 25, 2008

 Last year, the European Commision set an overall target of 20% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. Yesterday, proposed legally binding targets for individual EU countries were announced. The most recent figures, for 2005, show that the EU used about 8.5% renewable energy – varying amoung countries from almost zero in Luxembourg […]  Read more »

Wal-Mart’s Green Focus

Written by , on January 24, 2008

The buying power of the huge US retailer, Wal-Mart, has been a major factor in forcing down the price of Chinese manufactured imports. Now Wal-Mart has turned its focus to improving the environmental and energy standards of the products it buys in sells. Chief Executive, Lee Scott, today outlined plans to insist that its suppliers […]  Read more »

World’s Greenest Office Building

Written by , on January 24, 2008

The Energy Plus office building to be located in the Gennevilliers area of Paris will be the world’s greenest office. The 70,000 square metre, low-rise complex will house 5,000 workers but will consume no electricity other than that which it produces itself. The building will generate electricity from a array of more solar panels than […]  Read more »

What’s It All About?

Written by , on January 23, 2008

So this is the twenty-first century! It doesn’t seem to be quite what we were promised. We were supposed to have unlimited atom-powered energy – not to be running out of oil. We were supposed to be cruising about in flying cars – not getting gridlocked in traffic. And they told us that all sorts […]  Read more »