Skip to Content

World Trends

World trends

Huge Solar Power Plants for Mongolia

Written by , on September 10, 2009

American solar photovoltaic panel manufacturer, First Solar, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to partner on a 2,000-megawatt power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. This follows an agreement signed last month for Canadian Solar to develop a 500-megawatt solar power plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Before these announcements, the largest solar electricity […]  Read more »

Solar Panel Price Collapsing

Written by , on September 9, 2009

According to the market research company, The Information Network, the wholesale price of solar panels has dropped from $US4.05 per watt a year ago to $US1.85 today. The company predicts that the price could drop below $US1 per watt next year and be as low as $US0.50 per watt in 2011. The main reason for […]  Read more »

India’s Huge Solar Plans

Written by , on August 11, 2009

India’s Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change has approved in principal the country’s “National Solar Mission” which aims to expand India’s solar power generating capacity from the current 3 gigawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020 and 200 gigawatts by 2050, The huge scale of the plan can be seen from the fact that, under the […]  Read more »

Chinese 4-Seater SUV Has 400 km Range

Written by , on June 14, 2009

Chinese vehicle manufacturer, New Power, claims to have developed a full-sized electric four-seater with a range of 400 kilometress which will go into production in China next year. The company plans to bring it to the UK “within the next couple of years”. Known as the Zhong Tai, the vehicle has lithium-ion batteries that can […]  Read more »

China’s Booming Car Makers

Written by , on May 21, 2009

Car sales in China in April were 25 per cent higher than in the same month last year – and for the third month in a row, car sales in China exceeded those in the United States. The sales boom has been attributed to the Government’s halving of sales tax on small, fuel efficient cars. […]  Read more »

David Attenborough Patron of Optimum Population Trust

Written by , on April 14, 2009

Sir David Attenborough has become a patron of an organisation that campaigns to limit the number of people in the world. The television presenter and naturalist said that he joined Optimum Population Trust (OPT) because the increase in population was having devastating effects on ecology, pollution and food production. “I’ve seen wildlife under mounting human […]  Read more »

China’s Huge Solar Subsidies

Written by , on March 31, 2009

The Chinese government has announced what observers are describing as the most generous and aggressive power subsidy in the world. China is offerring 20 yuan (about $au4.30) per watt for solar voltaic installations greater than 50 kilowatts. This would amount to about half the cost of the installation. China has built up a sizeable solar […]  Read more »

UK Government to Favour Open Source

Written by , on February 27, 2009

The UK Government has adopted the radical policy of using open-source, in preference to commercial, software. Under the new policy, agencies will be required not only to consider open source solutions and make the choice soley on the basis of value-for-money, but will give peference to open source solutions where there is no cost difference […]  Read more »

China to Build Gigawatt Photovoltaic Plant

Written by , on January 4, 2009

Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a solar photovoltaic power plant in northwestern China that will eventually supply 1,000 megawatts of electric power. China Technology Development Group Corp and Qinghai New Energy Group will begin building the first stage –  a 30 megawatt solar power station – in China’s Qaidam Basin this year […]  Read more »

Population Myths

Written by , on August 13, 2008

A recent article published by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has debunked a number of myths about population growth. Myth: Population growth rates only decline as countries become wealthy and women become educated. While it is well true that population growth rates have declined most, often below replacement levels, in the wealthy […]  Read more »