July 2010

Dispatch from the Amazon: the queen of biomes needs care – and global cooperation

July 29, 2010

The day the group of journalists I was visiting Brazil with by an invitation of Apex, a trade and investment agency, arrived in Brasilia for a series of meetings with government officials, the news was good. The country had managed to reduce deforestation in the Amazon region by 47% between August 2009 and May 2010, […]

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GE launches eco challenge to clean energy wizards

July 28, 2010

General Electric is inviting clean-tech geniuses to come out of the energy closet. The company has launched a $200 million challenge to businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students with novel ideas on how to build the next-generation power grid. Related Posts:Alliance Launches 100% Renewable Energy GoalGE Tests High-Efficiency Wind Turbine in the NetherlandsEV Charging Station Powered […]

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Dispatch from Brazil: the energy issue

July 28, 2010

Brazil takes a lot of pride in the fact that 48% of its energy matrix is renewable, mostly thanks to hydropower, the source of 80% of the electricity consumed in the country, and ethanol, which has been powering vehicles in the country since the late 1970s. In Brazil, energy accounts for only 2.5% of the […]

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Dispatch from Brazil: climate change

July 27, 2010

Mild-mannered and soft-spoken Sérgio Serra has a tough job in his hands. He is the Brazilian Climate Change Ambassador, the representative of a country that emerged from the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen last October with one of the most ambitious emissions targets (around 37% by 2020), which was signed into law. Serra became a mouthpiece […]

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Dispatch from the Amazon: Can extracting oil and gas in the rainforest be green?

July 24, 2010

The 400-plus-mile plane journey between Manaus and Urucu is like an overture to a green opera. From the airplane you gaze in awe at the vastness of the Amazon forest, a sea of trees that lies quietly and powerfully on the ground below, looking eternal as the earth itself. It’s a feeling of amazement as […]

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