Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

Documentary: The breakthrough in renewable energy (vpro Backlight)


vpro documentary

Published on May 5, 2016

It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is

becoming cheaper than energy from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and

solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to

renewable energy.

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Bangladeshis take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Buildings are a big source of greenhouse gases.
In the U-S, they account for 39 percent of emissions.
In Bangladesh, a country on the front line of climate change, individuals are starting to focus on environmentally-friendly buildings, particularly those used by those used by the garment industry.

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First ever UN Secretary General debate


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Watch the first ever Secretary-General debate in the UN’s 70 year’s history.
Exclusively moderated by Al Jazeera English’s James Bays and Folly Bah Thibault.
Learn more: http://aljazeera.com/UNdebate

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India: The Burning City – People and Power


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India’s largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.

As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?

Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.

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Nigeria: Oil trade union suspends strike action


CCTV Africa

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Nigeria’s union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has suspended its strike. This means the country has narrowly avoided a looming fuel crisis and the potential shutdown of Nigeria’s crude oil exports. The decision comes after overnight negotiations between unionists and government representatives. CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam reports

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US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report

The US solar installation sector employs 77% more people than the domestic coal mining industry, according to the report. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

Last year, the US solar industry grew by 20% for a third year in a row, according to the foundation’s National Solar Job Census 2015. By the end of 2015, it employed nearly 209,000 solar workers, more than those employed in oil and gas extraction.

However, the growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs. Manufacturing, project development, and sales jobs have all remained steady over the past five years. Only the jobs in installation increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015.

Growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs in 2015 – employees of installation companies accounted for 65% of jobs added

Jana Kasperkevic in New York Tuesday 12 January 2016 16.57 EST

The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

Last year, the US solar industry grew by 20% for a third year in a row, according to the foundation’s National Solar Job Census 2015. By the end of 2015, it employed nearly 209,000 solar workers, more than those employed in oil and gas extraction.

However, the growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs. Manufacturing, project development, and sales jobs have all remained steady over the past five years. Only the jobs in installation increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015.

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A climate report that we ignore at our peril | Letters

Satellite imaging shows the extent of this spring’s sea ice and snow melt in northern Alaska. Photograph: NOAA

Thursday 14 July 2016 13.37 EDT

Though it does not actually say so, the report of the Committee on Climate Change (Report, 12 July) is a salutary reminder that a capitalist economy based on infinite economic growth, as expressed in terms of consumption-led GDP, is unsustainable and, if allowed to continue in its present form, will ultimately devastate the entire planet. Moreover, unless we cease using fossil fuels for energy and replace them with renewables at the earliest possible opportunity, the voluntary agreement reached at last year’s COP 21 climate summit to limit increases in global temperatures to less than 2C will be little more than hot air.

For an energy union like the GMB with thousands of members in the gas industry, the priority must be to establish a viable, UK-based, publicly owned renewable energy industry, thus enabling a just transition for those whose jobs will cease to exist in the coming decades. For this to happen, the vested interests of the privately owned energy monopolies have to be challenged, a point eloquently made by climate activist Naomi Klein at a packed meeting during COP 21 in Paris, organised by the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy network, which GMB supports.

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