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Myths and realities of clean technologies

Myths and realities of clean technologies | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Very optimistic McKinsey analysis about the growth of clean technologies.

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Solving Global Warming Will Require Far Greater Cuts, and More Wedges, than Thought

Solving Global Warming Will Require Far Greater Cuts, and More Wedges, than Thought | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A new look at climate change implies that we’ll need energy breakthroughs as soon as possible.
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A bit more realism in the climate debate? Maybe but even this new study does not seem to question our lifestyles and continues to believe in technology as the ultimate saviour.

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Sensible or sinister? The growth of 'smart' thinking

Sensible or sinister? The growth of 'smart' thinking | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Smart technology could help speed us towards a sustainable, low carbon economy but gaining public trust on data usage will be crucial, says Trewin Restorick...

 

Surely, "smart" technology could win us some time but the smartest thing would be to finally get smart on the existence of ecological and social limits to economic growth and re-engineer our societies accordingly.

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CCS in Europe under serious threat

"Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is facing strong headwinds in Europe. EU member states have so far failed to translate an EU CCS law into national legislation. In the UK, a prestigious demonstration project has been cancelled. The European Commission still supports CCS, but sees an important role for it only after 2030. Too late, say beleaguered industry representatives. They fear that the momentum for CCS will be lost and key players will desert their CCS activities if policymakers don't take firm action soon."

 

Excellent overview of the state-of-play on CCS in Europe in this article in European Energy Review.

 

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Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future

Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks. Carbon dioxide from fossil
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Wow, can we start a Nobel prize for stupidity?

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Gaubert Stephane's curator insight, April 10, 2014 3:29 AM

to sum it up, some scientist are now looking for a cow that would not fart!...

 

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Can renewable energy sustain consumer societies?

A new report by Dr Ted Trainer for the Simplicity Institute questions the belief that technofixes (also in the form of the green renewable energy revolution) will solve our global sustainability crisis.

 

"Contradicting widely held assumptions, Trainer presents a formidable case that renewable energy and other ‘tech-fixes’ will be unable to sustain growth-based and energy-intensive consumer societies, with implications that are as profound as they will be unwelcome."

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Information Technology's Dangerous Trend in Africa

Information Technology's Dangerous Trend in Africa | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
For the past few decades, emerging technologies such as biotechnology, microelectronics, information technology and communications technologies have become central to the socioeconomic development of nations.

 

Great article in the Harvard Business Review blog on the overemphasis of IT in African technology policy.

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