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The Peak Oil Crisis: Turmoil Erupts - Falls Church News Press

The Peak Oil Crisis: Turmoil EruptsFalls Church News PressThis increased spending, however, means that the Saudis now need to receive on the order of $90-$100 for their oil to afford increased social spending.

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The fact that the issues of a lack of oil availability and oil prices have a direct link to the economic downfall of countries gives proof for the necessity of sustainable energy ideas.

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World Water Day - UN Highlights Water, Energy Links for Sustainable ... - AllAfrica.com

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Africa: World Water Day - UN Highlights Water, Energy Links for Sustainable Development. 22 March 2014.
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The relationship between energy availability and the economic growth of a country is directly proportional thus if sustainable energy ideas can be implemented in poor nations, this will in turn further help them with soci-economic problems.

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Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential?

Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential? | The Energy Crisis | Scoop.it

CNN) -- Which country boasts the world's fastest growing clean energy investment? Germany? No. United States? Think again.

Jumping from a few hundred million dollars to $5.7 billion, South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment, according to the U.N. Environment Program(UNEP).

 

The spectacular surge, led largely by investments in solar power projects, comes as South Africa moves to reduce its dependency on coal, which accounts for around 86% of its energy. To achieve that, the country has set the ambitious target of generating 18 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy by 2030.

As a result, a series of investments have trickled into the country, including Google's first foray into Africa's solar power market. The internet giant, which has spent more than $1 billion in renewable energy projects in the United States and Europe in recent years, announced in late May its decision to back the Jasper Power Project, a 96 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Northern Cape, with a $12 million investment.

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"South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment". This shows the immense potential that South Africa has but with great power comes great responsibility. The true test will be whether South Africa can 'unlock its potential'.

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Todd Bratcher's curator insight, February 26, 2014 5:39 PM

Why have I not thought of this before?! Honestly who gets more direct sunlight continent wide than Africa. Investors are realizing its potential and Africa is now the fastest growing clean energy investment. As of now Africa depends on coal for 86% of its energy, one of the highest in the world. It is relieving to see efforts being made at clean energy use. But yet Africa also has one of the worst electric grids in the world so hopefully with more support for solar projects like this one, they will achieve better national access.

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Sustainable energy tops agendas of UN-backed forums in Vienna, Russia - UN News Centre

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UN News Centre Sustainable energy tops agendas of UN-backed forums in Vienna, Russia UN News Centre 28 May 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Sustainable Energy for All initiative should be integrated into a new set of global targets for the...

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"Energy is now recognized as a defining issue of our time" - this quote by the UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All is excellent affirmation for our nation that we recognize the energy crisis that we are facing so that we can start tackling it.

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L.A. launches nation's largest solar rooftop program

L.A. launches nation's largest solar rooftop program | The Energy Crisis | Scoop.it
The program will pay residents for excess solar power they produce on their roofs, with the aim of generating enough to power 30,000 homes.
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Using wasted space to generate renewable energy is a perfect example of sustainable thinking - that will aid in preventing the global energy crisis that we face.

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