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Nelson Mandela gets a 95th birthday gift

Salli van Druten, artist, poses with some of the portraits she painted, published in a book, and presented to Mr. Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday, July 18, 2013.

I was honoured to be one of the faces for South African artist, Salli Van Druten, in the Thanks for the Colour! project in early 2013. Salli painted 95 portraits in 95 days and presented a leather-bound book of the 95 portraits to Mr. Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday…

Egypt – Land of Chaos or Opportunity?

Egypt is blessed with abundant resources and untapped opportunities. The protesters in Egypt would settle for a better life and corruption-free governance

If ever a country had the gift of being placed in the best geographical position on the map, it is Egypt. There they are, with the Mediterranean to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the east and all of Africa to the south and west of…

The Economy – A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

The Economy – A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

As JFK said; “A rising tide lifts all boats.” As the world economy improves, regional economies are rising on a tide of success created in other countries. Now that we are living in an evermore globalized world, nations are no longer entities unto themselves. While they were once insulated from…

Kuwait orders 2000 MW worth of renewable energy

Kuwait orders 2000 MW worth of renewable energy

Kuwait will spend USD 100 billion on the nation’s domestic energy sector over the next 5 years – and for the first time, some of that investment is earmarked for renewable energy. By 2030, 15% of Kuwait’s total energy mix will be powered by renewable energy according to a new government policy….

IEA report Redrawing the Energy Climate Map

IEA report Redrawing the Energy Climate Map

IEA Report. World Energy Outlook Special Report 2013: Redrawing the Energy Climate Map. World Energy demand projection. Image courtesy of tqe.quaker.org   Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2 °C and international negotiations are engaged to that…

Energy Use by the Numbers

CO2 emissions. Image courtesy of: www.drsoram.com

World energy consumption increases every year while the kinds of energy we use is changing, and environmental standards are (unequally) improving worldwide. In short, we are using more energy – but it is ‘cleaner’ energy. Most of the world’s energy (86%) is fossil fuel based. However, recent successes in renewable…

GCC gas contracts – $68 billion over next 5 years

GCC gas contracts – $68 billion over next 5 years

GCC gas contracts worth over USD 68 billion have been awarded to spur production over the next five years. Deloitte’s 8th edition white paper, ‘Middle East Energy and Resources: Managing scarcity for the future’ says despite the growing focus on renewable energy, oil and gas will supply more of the…

Solar desalination projects power the future

Solar desalination projects power the future

Solar desalination projects in the MENA region will shape the future. Solar power and water desalination, it turns out, go together like bread and butter. Who knew? The MENA region is increasingly dependent on desalinated water, as the region’s standard of living continues to rise, along with its rapid population…

Global CO2: highest levels in 3 million years

Global CO2: highest levels in 3 million years

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 3 million years. After resting comfortably below 300ppm for the past 30,000 centuries, CO2 levels in the planetary atmosphere have suddenly jumped to 400ppm within the past 2 centuries. “It couldn’t be us,…

C40 Initiative: Which Is the Greenest City of All?

C40 Initiative: Which Is the Greenest City of All?

A growing and forward thinking organisation called the C40 Initiative, promotes sustainable development for the world’s cities. C40 cities are conducting empirical research to perfect ways to lower CO2 levels and employ programmes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ within city government departments which are also promoted to city residents. The C40…

SolarWorld sells off large-scale solar projects in U.S.A. and Germany

SolarWorld successfully sells large-scale solar projects with overall capacity of 46 megawatts SolarWorld AG has constructed and recently sold, three large-scale solar projects at locations in Germany and the United States, which together comprised a total capacity of 46 megawatts — enough energy to cover the needs of about 40,000…

The Answer to EPA Proposed Low Sulfur Rule

The Answer to EPA Proposed Low Sulfur Rule

The EPA’s newly-proposed Tier 3 rule would cut sulfur levels in American gasoline by two-thirds, and by 2018 the new standard could be fully implemented. According to the EPA, introducing and enforcing the new regulations would cost $3.4 billion between now and 2018, but Americans would save $23 billion in…

Nyota Fund – Unlocks Tanzania’s Human Potential

Nyota Fund – Unlocks Tanzania’s Human Potential

The Nyota Fund makes a positive impact on the lives of hopeful young students in the Ngara District of Kagera Region in Tanzania, which borders Burundi and Rwanda. The Nyota Fund works exclusively in the education sector, raising funds in order to provide full academic scholarships for secondary school students…

Wind power surpasses Nuclear energy in China

Wind power surpasses Nuclear energy in China

The Chinese government has committed itself to producing 16% of its primary (electrical) energy from renewable sources by 2020 (UNEP) Wind power surpassed nuclear power in 2012 to become China’s third-largest energy source. Back in 2007, due to the political leadership of then-President Hu Jintao and then-Premier Wen Jaibao of…

President Obama Updates America’s Energy Strategy

President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu tour the Engineering Labs at Penn State University with James Freihaut, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, in State College, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2011. Photo-Pete Souza/White House

President Obama visited the Argonne National Laboratory today in Argonne, Illinois, to give a major speech on the future of American energy. A new, USD $2 billion dollar program called the energy security trust was announced which gives focus to the administration’s plans for more renewable energy and proposes lower subsidies for fossil fuels….

Shell Drops Two ‘Bombs’ in One Week

Shell Drops Two ‘Bombs’ in One Week

First came the announcement this week by Shell senior executives that oil extraction in the Arctic would be postponed for the 2nd year in a row, and second is yesterday’s announcement foreshadowing the company’s plan for the future, ‘Shell Sees Solar As The Biggest Energy Source After Exiting It’ in 2009…

The New MPG is MPD – Miles per Dollar

Photo-eVgo Network

For decades, we have measured fuel economy and miles traveled by car or truck in the familiar miles traveled per gallon of gasoline, or MPG. Some nations don’t use miles as they use the metric system and distance is measured in kilometers (American spelling) or kilometres (European and Canadian spelling) which…

The Big 3 and the Paradigm shift of US Auto Industry

The Big 3 and the Paradigm shift of US Auto Industry

The Big 3 – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have always ruled the roost in the history of American automotive industry. It began in the 1890′s in the US and grew to become one of the largest industries in the world, with high demand from consumers who considered it as…

Reality check on Greenhouse gases

Top carbon emitting countries 640 420

Greenhouse gas is a catch-all term used to describe a class of gases — either naturally-occurring or man-made (anthropogenic) which have a detrimental effect on the Earth’s atmosphere. It is no longer in academic dispute that any upset to the natural atmospheric equilibrium can wreak havoc on the climate of…

The Biggest Energy Story of 2012

The Biggest Energy Story of 2012

The world energy industry is suddenly transforming into something very different from the industry we have grown accustomed to over the past decades. It used to be, pump and burn more oil, mine and burn more coal and build more coal-fired burners to produce electricity. More, more and more…

The Next Trillion-dollar Business

Image-irgc.org

In past decades, oil wells were considered ‘spent wells’ when only one-third of their total volume was pumped to the surface for our use. It turns out that the astonishingly-high energy costs to pump crude oil from the bottom two-thirds of an oil reservoir is one of two main reasons…

Leadership and Opportunity – China’s New Leaders

While some might think that the sky is falling now that a new President of China and a new Chinese Premier will be installed in March 2013, some feel this is a time of hope for China…

Clean Energy: How to Get There From Here

Clean Energy: How to Get There From Here

Everyone knows more electricity is needed in developed nations and electrical needs in developing nations are skyrocketing. No problem there — everyone deserves to live a good lifestyle and enjoy our modern technology to the fullest. The problem occurs in the means used to generate that electricity. Some kinds of electrical power generation cause…

The Economics of Green Energy

Photo - mjfellright.wordpress.com

Back in the old days of sustainable energy, circa 2000, the cost of switching to solar or wind was so expensive that only the well-intentioned considered it – and only the very wealthy could afford it. How times have changed! Nowadays, utility-scale solar power and wind power are cost-competitive with…

Sustainable Energy has Merit in Germany

Sustainable Energy has Merit in Germany

Electricity rates in Germany drop by up to 40% during the hours in which solar power or wind power are active – and this is what Merit Order Ranking is all about, using the cheapest available electricity source FIRST – and then filling in the gaps with more expensive coal-fired electrical power generation SECOND…

Energy: The Ball is in Our Court

Energy Comparison. Image courtesy: Professor Richard Perez, ASRC, University of Albany

Human beings use different kinds of energy for different purposes all over the planet every hour of the day and night. About one-third of the human-produced energy is used for transportation which requires energy that is easily stored and ready for use at any time – the gasoline in your car…

Size Isn’t Everything! – The Modular Nuclear Reactor

Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Image courtesy: westinghousenuclear.com

The March 11, 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has precipitated a world of change in Japan’s nuclear power industry. Within hours of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, some of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants (which had supplied 27% of Japan’s electricity) were shut down on orders from then Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Japan is…

Next Generation Biofuels are Making Solid Progress

Biofuel. Image credit: smartplanet.com

As many of you know most of the gasoline available in North America today has a biofuel component of between 5 – 10 percent. Newer cars and trucks are E85 compatible, meaning they can operate with up to 85 percent ethanol blended into the gasoline – which means there is…

The U.S. Military Turns to an Old, Reliable Partner – Solar Power!

Solar Panel in Afghanistan. Photo credit: Popsci.com/Major Paul Greenberg/U.S.M.C.

The first solar panels ever installed, were photo-voltaic solar panels mounted on military satellites and blasted into space from Cape Kennedy, Florida during the ‘Space Race’ of the 1960′s. Many of those old, reliable PV solar-powered satellites are still up there sending back (decidedly low-tech) information – as compared to today’s satellites…

President Barack Obama: Too Smart to Take the Bait

President Barack Obama: Too Smart to Take the Bait

Only four months ago, many pundits in the US were predicting political chaos along with a dramatic drop in the polls for President Barack Obama if he refused to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built directly over the Ogallala reservoir in Nebraska. Everything from Congressional gridlock to lame-duck disease…

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