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Sweden's Quest to be the First Oil-free Nation BY 2020

Sweden's Quest to be the First Oil-free Nation BY 2020 | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

| April 13, 2013 The Energy Collective

Famous for Volvo, Ikea and Absolut Vodka, Sweden is now on a new pursuit to become the first completely oil-free economy in the world by 2020.

The oil crisis in the early 1970s forced Sweden to embark on a quest for alternative energy sources. Its phasing out of oil has proceeded smoothly; in 1970, oil accounted for 77% of Sweden’s energy, but by 2003 that figure fell to 32%.... http://theenergycollective.com/znesheiwat/208421/swedens-quest-be-first-oil-free-nation


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Whether Sweeden will achive their objective can be debated , but their resolve is backed by robust strategy and plan. And they are on path, even for the transport sector . FFV (Flexi-Fuel-Vehicle) is somethig that can inspire Public Private Partnerships even in the developinf countries  

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:28 PM

“Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020,” said Mona Sahlin, minister of Sustainable Development, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. “There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn solely to gasoline.”

CineversityTV's curator insight, April 21, 2013 1:34 PM

who's next, surely not my country, the Netherlands with its rightwing government Rutte II

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 27, 2013 2:55 PM

Eliminating the burning of all fossil fuels for economic reasons is perfectly reasonable, especially if the full and true costs of the fossil fuel industry are factored in.

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PM Modi demonstrates India's stewardship at green talks

PM Modi demonstrates India's stewardship at green talks | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama, in his 166-word eulogy in Time magazine that named Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the 100 most influential people in the world, termed him “India’s reformer-in-chief” who had “laid out an ambitious vision to …unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change”. Modi tweeted thanks to Obama. But his government, […]
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India's positive about-turn in Global environmental negotiations heralds a change, That climate change needs. 

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World Bank Talk: The Age of Sustainable Development — Jeffrey Sachs

World Bank Talk: The Age of Sustainable Development — Jeffrey Sachs | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Jeffrey D. Sachs presents a compelling and practical framework for how global citizens can take a holistic pathway forward 

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Jeffrey D. Sachs presents  how global citizens can take a holistic pathway forward to address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice: sustainable development.  to address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice: sustainable development. 

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Going deep in grounds : Survival Kit for Climate Change

Going deep in grounds : Survival Kit for Climate Change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

We struggle to keep them out of our house. But they have lesson to give that they learnt hard for last 200 million years .

 

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All those in United Nations who are preparing adaptation guidelines for climate change- hold your horses: Here is the adaptation kit that does not prescribe  huge projects. Just work collectively . Learn from termites.

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Obama's Budget Goes All-In on Climate Change

Obama's Budget Goes All-In on Climate Change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
EPA spending, clean energy, state incentives, and mitigation all emerge as priorities.
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Right way to seize the moment when USA is being helped by falling oil and gas prices. Opposing this budget will be a mistake of the century 

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2014 warmest on record just ahead of Paris meeting of 2015. But so also 2008 before Copenhagen in 2009

2014 warmest on record just ahead of Paris meeting of 2015. But so also 2008 before Copenhagen in 2009 | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The 12 months of 2014 were the warmest on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, say US government scientists.
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Story-telling continues more than two decades.Remember bed time story telling? Puts you to sleep. Till next alarm rings ! 

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India can give climate change a spin in 2015

India can give climate change a spin in 2015 | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Taking action on climate change could help in early fulfillment of 'make in India ' and 'skill India' campaigns of PM Modi. 

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Huge potential of India to compete in the world market on renewable energy equipment and accessories. At the same time it can employ millions of Indian youths. 

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The hurdle in Lima talks is the corrupt greed for money. We need "Climate Corruption Fund'.

The hurdle in Lima talks is the corrupt greed for money. We need "Climate Corruption Fund'. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Can we raise another Fund called ' Climate Corruption Fund' to pay these Attorneys more than Energy companies pay them? That may be the part of Paris-2015 negotiations 

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Bus between Bristol and Bath: Bio-Gas from Human Beings: Plan "B" ?

Bus between Bristol and Bath: Bio-Gas from Human Beings: Plan "B" ? | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.
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 -Plan 'B' for renewables and climate change. 

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One more 'BerlinWall' fell 25 years back : Democratization of Science and technology

One more 'BerlinWall' fell 25 years back : Democratization of Science and technology | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The Montreal Protocol's entry into force gave birth to the freedom from yet another Iron Curtain.
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1989 was year of revolutions. It also marked beginning of new era, not only in political sense but also in terms of democratization of science and technology .

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U.S. and China Climate Accord : Would it really address the challenge? After Months of Talk

U.S. and China Climate Accord : Would it really address the challenge? After Months of Talk | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The deal, the signature achievement of President Obama’s state visit to China, could galvanize efforts to negotiate a new global agreement.
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Decarbonization targets by EU amidst Deflationary pressure

Decarbonization targets by EU amidst Deflationary pressure | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

28 countries in EU have the decarbonization targets : 40 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. More important agreement was on the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

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Pathbreaking agreement indeed, considering the deflationary pressure that EU faces today. The EU is already on target to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, compared with 1990 emission levels.Inspiration for others leading toParis agreement in 2015? 

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Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to phase down HFCs and enhance energy efficiency.

Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to phase down HFCs and enhance energy efficiency. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
New Delhi will participate in talks on limiting heat-trapping HFC gases and take steps toward renewable fuels.
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Path-breaking coalition between India and USA. HFCs-Thousands of times more dangerous GHGs will be phased down and energy efficiency of air conditioning will be phased-up. Let us walk to gather for the development of all- ( Chale sath sath . Sabaks saath sbka vikas) 

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Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The People’s Climate March in Manhattan was a spectacle even for a city known for doing things big, and it was joined, in solidarity, by demonstrations on Sunday across the globe, from Paris to Papua New Guinea.
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Streets are now showing ' true  direction' . We witnessed ' arab spring'. Now it is 'climate spring Board'. 

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Modi needs to go higher than Rafale and deeper than nuclear reactor

Modi needs to go higher than Rafale and deeper than nuclear reactor | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
One year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born, in 1951, a young French parliamentarian in his 40s, Emile Aubert, came up with an out-of-box concept of rural lodging for tourism purposes. It was a time when French society, post-World War II, tasted prosperity after a long spell of the resistance movement and recession. The […]
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Modi needs to go higher than rafale can go and deeper than nuclear reactor to ensure inclusive development. Rural Tourism is out of box idea. 

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Taking care of climate deniers-A Reagan way to climate change

Taking care of climate deniers-A Reagan way to climate change | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The United States should take out an insurance policy, as Reagan did with ozone depletion.
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Revenue from carbon tax should be fiscally neutral .Generated funds should be returned to the tax payers and the revenue would not be available for politicians to spend on pet projects.Thats the way.

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Towering the Energy security : Eiffel tower becomes self sufficient

Towering the Energy security : Eiffel tower becomes self sufficient | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Energy produced by wind turbine at 400 ft level on Eiffel tower is sufficient for the restaurants and pavilions of the tower.

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US-based renewable energy company helps France to fight war against climate change. First ever successful operations in Paris  by US after World War II . 

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Addressing Climate Change will be the key issue in USA Presidential election-Poll says

Addressing Climate Change will be the key issue in USA Presidential election-Poll says | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
An overwhelming majority, including nearly half of Republicans, back government steps to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The Times and others.
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Yes, successful, but can do even better. Silver lining on the dark clouds of climate debate.

Yes, successful, but can do even better. Silver lining on the  dark clouds of climate debate. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

The UNEP?WMO  assessment of Ozone layer recovery report developed by 300 scientists from 36 countries says that ozone layer is on recovery path. Unique success for global environment. But we can accelerate the recovery by 11 years!. 

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Amazing example, of how 196 countries continue to find even more success for Ozone layer recovery , while same countries are engaged in the wordy debate over climate change issues. 

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Can Modi bowl a spin at Lima Pitch to lead by 'Good Climate Governance'. Unprecedented opportunity for implementing his own agenda

Can Modi bowl  a spin at Lima Pitch to lead by 'Good Climate Governance'. Unprecedented opportunity for implementing his own agenda | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The inconvenient truth is not that global warming is undeniably unequivocal but that we are unable to address it with the required urgency. And the convenient truth is not that India is entering a demographic dividend period and has a demagogue prime minister, but that India is yet to draw a road map to leverage these rewards and gains to deal with the climate change. The unfortunate fact is that the developing countries are eternally arguing for international climate finances that are unlikely to come so easily, as is evident from the Lima (Peru) negotiations - Firstpost
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Can Modi bowl  a spin at Lima Pitch to lead by 'Good Climate Governance'. Unprecedented opportunity for implementing his own agenda 

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To address global warming, go to the address,' Number 1, Solar Road, Milky Way'. And not to Lima!

To address global warming, go to the address,' Number 1, Solar Road, Milky Way'. And not to Lima! | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

to Experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.

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It is not rocket science. And makes perfect business sense. Investment $ 44 trillion over next 35 years and saving of more than $100. Why Warren Buffets and Gates of the world help making that investment. 

 

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Over 29 lakh Vehicles Set to Go Off Delhi's Roads

Over 29 lakh Vehicles Set to Go Off Delhi's Roads | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
More than 29 lakh vehicles will go off the capital's roads following an order by the National Green Tribunal or NGT that put a ban on vehicles older than 15 years, the Delhi government has said.
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Good news. Hows about doing it nationally? Repairing  the roads 15 years old should also be compulsory for the Government. 

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Texas Wind Energy Exceed $3.3 Billion Annually and save $1.2 billion to consumers.

Texas Wind Energy  Exceed $3.3 Billion Annually and save $1.2 billion to consumers. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The American Wind Energy Association just released a study estimating the annual value of Texas wind at over $3 billion. The document is worth reviewing.
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The cost of use of oil  to consumer in Texas in terms of subsidy, air pollution and global warming need to be compared and consumer should be informed. 

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Four reports, Six graphs, Two Degrees: IPCC's One more warning

Four reports, Six graphs, Two  Degrees: IPCC's One more warning | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Today's launch of Synthesis Report of IPCC is the fourth over last 13 months. Humanity’s influence on the global climate, impacts and solutions is being detailed for yet another times. World will be snoozing . 

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Wake up alarm. We have heard it before. Ever closing window of opportunity to take action to address climate change is allowing weak light of hopes in. 

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A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is - NYTimes.com

A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is - NYTimes.com | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Life expectancy rose, diseases were fought, democracy spread and technologies developed without global pacts, but with U.N's facilitation. By Rajendra Shende.

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During my participation in United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit in New York , I was invited by New York Times to opine on ' 

Can We Do Without a Global Climate Treaty?

Should we give up on the idea of a strong international treaty on global warming as a pipe dream, or should we continue to pursue it despite the long-running difficulties?

 

Read my opinion. 

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India triumphs in maiden Mars mission - World - Chinadaily.com.cn

India triumphs in maiden Mars mission - World - Chinadaily.com.cn | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, crowning India as the first country to execute such a project in its first attempt.
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This is how China reported India's Mars achievement. 

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