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Monday, 14 January 2013

No wind farms, No food, warns Professor Ian Wilmut
A WORLD-famous scientist has warned that future generations of Scots could suffer ­serious food shortages unless people accept wind farms as a “necessary evil”.

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of the world’s first cloned sheep, Dolly, said that turbines were vital to reducing the carbon emissions blamed for global warming and an ­increase in flooding which is destroying food crops.

Middle East solar energy may expand to 3.5GW

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Market Outlook, 2013-2017

The MENA region possesses the greatest technical potential for renewable energy in the world with much of this potential attributed to solar energy. This potential is now starting to be more seriously considered, driven by rapidly increasing energy usage, high insolation rates, a young and empowered workforce, and an increasing awareness of the costs of burning natural resources.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and Morocco, have ambitious solar power generation goals as well as evolving policies and regulatory frameworks to support these goals. Demonstration projects are being deployed in some countries, while large scale projects are being deployed in others. However, in a region undergoing dramatic political and social change, questions remain as to the long term outlook for solar energy. In this report, the authors discuss the drivers for adoption, the major players and stakeholders, the overall market structure, and the long term outlook of each solar market in the MENA region.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Increasing pollution levels linked to oil sands
Oil sands producers found themselves in the midst of a fresh attack from the environmental community when a new study released Monday identified levels of oil sands-related contamination that appear to have intensified since the beginning of commercial development to present day.

Energy & Environment Dates 2012