Global Powers Act on Climate President Obama's plan to limit greenhouse gases was approved by the Supreme Court, signaling that the era of coal plants belching CO2 is over. China will put a cap on CO2 emissions in 2016, removing the other biggest obstacle to curbing climate change. John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, said this long-awaited action by the world's two major powers "sends a very powerful signal to the rest of the world to get serious." (Reuters, Jun 3, 2014)
New Records in Solar Energy Britain and Germany set records for solar energy, while France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, and other nations are following their lead. Germany recently derived 70% of its electricity from photovoltaic cells for days. (Guardian, Jun 23, 2014) See our Breakthrough Solar Taking Off.
Floating Wind Power Portugal is launching floating wind farms in the Atlantic, where strong winds boost efficiency 50%. Norway, Spain, Japan, and others are not far behind. Breanne Gellatly, who leads the UK Carbon Trust, says "wind energy from the North Sea alone could meet all of EU's needs four times over." (Guardian, Jun 23, 2014)
Conservation is Paying The EU is planning to cut energy use 30-40% by 2030, which would also create more than a half million new jobs and save EU260 billion in costs. (Guardian, Jun 23, 2014)
These are just first steps on a long road to a sustainable world, but they suggest that a turning point may have been reached. Our forecasts have for many years been signaling that 2015 should mark rapid growth in green industries and an upturn in the global economy, and these developments bear out that scenario. Look for faster progress in the years ahead, and see our forecasts for Global Warming, Climate Control, and Alternative Energy.
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