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Estonia Taking Charge With Its New EV Network

Estonia Taking Charge With Its New EV Network

  Estonia, which joined the EU in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2011, officially unveiled its nation-wide electric vehicle (EV) network last week. The ex-Soviet republic designed its pioneering new fast-charging, web-connected network to eliminate “range anxiety,” improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The network’s current infrastructure includes 151 fast-charging stations with 14 additional […]

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China’s Time to Act

China’s Time to Act

China, the largest energy consumer in the world, which derives more than two-thirds of its energy supply from coal, is choking. Beijing, with a population of around 20 million, increasing energy consumption and more than five million vehicles, is especially is choking. In mid-January, Beijing officials were forced to conduct an emergency response to hazardous […]

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BP settles first phase of penalties for the 2010 Gulf Oil spill

BP settles first phase of penalties for the 2010 Gulf Oil spill

  One chapter of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred back on April 20, 2010, has been closed, but not everybody is satisfied with the resolution.   On January 29th, U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance approved a November 2012 plea bargain agreement between the British oil giant BP p.l.c. and the United States Department […]

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France Extends a New Lifeline to Its Solar Industry

France Extends a New Lifeline to Its Solar Industry

  As France’s solar industry has not flourishing as planned, French President Francois Hollande and his administration recently extended a new lifeline to France’s struggling solar energy industry. France doubled the nation’s solar production capacity target for 2013 to 1 gigawatt (GW)—roughly equivalent to 1 nuclear reactor—from the previous 500 megawatt  (MW) target. Aside from increasing renewable […]

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A More Inclusive Global Energy Paradigm

A More Inclusive Global Energy Paradigm

As part of the European Union’s support for the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, E.U. Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announced with visiting Djibouti Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita that the E.U. would provide funding for a combined renewable energy and water desalinization plant. The plant, to be built near Djibouti City, is to provide water […]

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Not The Savior Once Hoped

Not The Savior Once Hoped

Not long ago jatropha curcas, a flowering plant in the jatropha family, was believed to be an efficient source for biofuels. The plant was viewed so advantageously due to its properties. Tests showed it could grow productively in some of the harshest conditions; such as on marginal land without fertilizer and during drought conditions. Not […]

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Will Iskandar Malaysia prove to be an eco-city model?

Will Iskandar Malaysia prove to be an eco-city model?

As COP 18 in Doha seems to have failed (as of writing) to reach a consensus on how to further climate change action for the future, Malaysia proves to be one developing country with a plan for internal action. The country has set ambitious emission reduction targets: by 2020 it has committed to cut it […]

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Round 18: Climate Talks Start in Doha

Round 18: Climate Talks Start in Doha

The United Nations climate change negotiations, or the long form: the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the Kyoto Protocol, got underway today […]

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Is Desertec set to burn away in the desert?

Is Desertec set to burn away in the desert?

Source: Siemens.com The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is an extremely ambitious venture that has the goal to construct a large network of renewable energy power plants and transmission lines to span some 16,000 km squared throughout the Middle East and North Africa by 2050. In sum Dii, which is headquartered in Munich, is projected to […]

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Gas Flaring Back in the Spotlight

Gas Flaring Back in the Spotlight

                                                             Source: Guardian.com/Friedrich Stark/Alamy At the 10th anniversary meeting of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership in October, members agreed to decrease global gas flaring […]

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Going green in a traditionally unlikely region

Going green in a traditionally unlikely region

  Growing global demand for energy continues to strain resource availability, which has spurred increased exploration for unconventional oil and gas, as well as accelerated exploitation of traditional fossil fuels. Renewable energy has increased exponentially worldwide over the past decade to combat these facts. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and especially the Gulf […]

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Climate Change and the Economy? Not in this Presidential Debate

Climate Change and the Economy? Not in this Presidential Debate

While climate change is an established reality in much of the world, the United States continues to lag behind in recognizing the truth, despite recent gains. The U.S. is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China, but it does not have an official dedicated policy to confront that fact. One need not look […]

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Joe Gurowsky
Joe Gurowsky

Joe Gurowsky focuses on energy, environment, geopolitics, trade, international development and climate related issues. Recently, he worked in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania regarding different energy related programs . Joe has also traveled to Costa Rica, Ghana, the UAE, Germany and Alberta, Canada for aspects of energy and environmental policy.

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