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The Conventional Energy Trap: Hermann Scheer [1944-2010]
Alex Aylett, 2 Nov 10 Hermann Scheer, pioneering German Parliamentarian and renewable energy advocate, died earlier this month. Scheer was the driving force behind Germany's Renewable Energy Act, thanks to which Germany last year accounted for half of all worldwide solar electricity installations. I recently...
China's Urban Low Carbon Future in Shanghai
WorldChanging Team, 1 Nov 10 by Warren Karlenzig China Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai World Expo (Copyright Flickr photographer: penphoto) The Shanghai Expo officially closed yesterday with pomp, circumstance, and a confirmation of the city as the planet's primary hope for a low-carbon future. "Eco-friendly development and...
Solar Round-Up: World's Largest Solar Plants and Thinnest Cells
WorldChanging Team, 26 Oct 10 South Africa Unveils Plans for 'World's Biggest' Solar Power Plant: Giant Mirrors and Solar Panels in Northern Cape Would Reduce Carbon Emissions and Generate One-Tenth of the Country's Energy Needs Jonathan de Vries, the project manager, said today: "I'd hate...
Get Zero: Metropolis's Next Generation Design Competition
Amanda Reed, 25 Oct 10 “How can forward thinking-design transform backwards-looking buildings?” That’s the question Metropolis’s Next Generation Design Competition is asking applicants to address with a design that gives a typical 1960s building a makeover, transforming it into a high performance building with zero...
Preview: Shanghai Expo Summit Urban Sustainability Forum
WorldChanging Team, 25 Oct 10 by Warren Karlenzig UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 by Heatherwick Studio. This weekend I'm attending the Shanghai Expo Summit Forum as part of a United Nations delegation. The Oct. 31 event, which will be on "Urban Innovation and Sustainable Development...
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