Kick-starting an African clean energy revolution – one pedal at a time

The cyclists of the Tour de France may not set off until next week but in Kenya a group of young people have taken to their bikes to raise awareness about the power of sustainable energy ahead of the country’s general election on August 8.
JOE WARE reports
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Conservative election manifesto signals the end of new nuclear power

After years of pro-nuclear bombast from the Conservative Party, its 2017 manifesto hasn’t got a single word to say about nuclear power, write Oliver Tickell & Ian Fairlie. Instead it announces a renewed focus on cutting energy costs, and a big boost for increasingly low-cost wind power; while both Labour and Libdems offer only weak, highly qualified support for new nuclear build. And so the great British ‘nuclear renaissance’ reaches its timely end.
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2016 U.S. Election Results: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Statement

Ocean Leadership ~

whitehousePresident-elect Donald Trump will assume leadership of a nation built upon a strong maritime heritage and facing unprecedented changes to the ocean and earth system. Strengthening our national and homeland security, promoting a healthy population, fostering food safety and security, and building a dynamic workforce for the future – all while maintaining and growing our nation’s economic prosperity – are the challenges faced by the incoming president and Congress. The ocean science and technology community have the data, information, and expertise to help the 45th president and the 115th Congress navigate these rough waters.

“A healthy and productive ocean underpins our nation – from energy to power our society to millions of ocean and coastal jobs, and fish to feed our people and freshwater for drinking and farming to the very oxygen we breathe. It is the science community that seeks to understand the sea and to glean the secrets of this changing system. This understanding leads to increased certainty in business models, improvements in maritime domain awareness, advancements in evacuation plans, and the ability to feed our growing population. It all is built upon the gold-standard of peer review and science integrity, and that is what we call on our elected officials to support,” said Rear Admiral Jon White (USN, ret.), President and CEO of Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL).

The U.S. has led the world in research and technology since World War II because our nation adopted an academic, university- and laboratory-based research enterprise that partners with the federal government. Our remarkably high return on investment for federally-supported research is due to the fact that the best science − and its application to the nation’s problems − rise to the top in our competitive, peer-review system. The independence of academic researchers and their institutions has engendered the public’s trust and also supports the business community as it transitions federally-sponsored basic research into products and services that bolster the national economy.

“Advancing science, technology, and education links to innovation, drives economic prosperity, expands workforces, and improves American lives. Across the country, citizens are depending upon President-elect Donald Trump to lead on these issues. Appointing a respected scientist as the next science advisor early in the transition process will allow for cross-discipline, -sector, and -agency planning,” posed Dr. Jacqueline E. Dixon, COL Board Chair. Science doesn’t exist in a vacuum, White explained, “but should be considered across broader topics, including agriculture, emergency management, infrastructure, manufacturing, human health, science diplomacy, cyber-security, transportation, energy, even the basic well-being of people. Ocean science and technology play a role in every one (and more) of these issues.”

“The success of our national science enterprise is necessary to facilitate life-changing discovery, encourage cutting-edge innovation, and maintain and grow our global competitiveness. COL (and the broader ocean science and technology community it represents) stands ready to be a resource for the new administration and Congress; to share information, data, and knowledge; to elucidate potential impacts of decisions; and to work together in a bipartisan manner to leverage science and technology to ensure our nation’s safety and security,” White stated.

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Consortium For Ocean Leadership Statement On 2016 U.S. Election Results

Ocean Leadership ~

President-elect Donald Trump will assume leadership of a nation built upon a strong maritime heritage and facing unprecedented changes to thethe_white_house_0 ocean and earth system. Strengthening our national and homeland security, promoting a healthy population, fostering food safety and security, and building a dynamic workforce for the future – all while maintaining and growing our nation’s economic prosperity – are the challenges faced by the incoming president and Congress. The ocean science and technology community have the data, information, and expertise to help the 45th president and the 115th Congress navigate these rough waters.

“A healthy and productive ocean underpins our nation – from energy to power our society to millions of ocean and coastal jobs, and fish to feed our people and freshwater for drinking and farming to the very oxygen we breathe. It is the science community that seeks to understand the sea and to glean the secrets of this changing system. This understanding leads to increased certainty in business models, improvements in maritime domain awareness, advancements in evacuation plans, and the ability to feed our growing population. It all is built upon the gold-standard of peer review and science integrity, and that is what we call on our elected officials to support,” said Rear Admiral Jon White (USN, ret.), President and CEO of Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL).

The U.S. has led the world in research and technology since World War II because our nation adopted an academic, university- and laboratory-based research enterprise that partners with the federal government. Our remarkably high return on investment for federally-supported research is due to the fact that the best science − and its application to the nation’s problems − rise to the top in our competitive, peer-review system. The independence of academic researchers and their institutions has engendered the public’s trust and also supports the business community as it transitions federally-sponsored basic research into products and services that bolster the national economy.

“Advancing science, technology, and education links to innovation, drives economic prosperity, expands workforces, and improves American lives.  Across the country, citizens are depending upon President-elect Donald Drumpf to lead on these issues. Appointing a respected scientist as the next science advisor early in the transition process will allow for cross-discipline, -sector, and -agency planning,” posed Dr. Jacqueline E. Dixon, COL Board Chair.  Science doesn’t exist in a vacuum, White explained, “but should be considered across broader topics, including agriculture, emergency management, infrastructure, manufacturing, human health, science diplomacy, cyber-security, transportation, energy, even the basic well-being of people. Ocean science and technology plays a role in every one (and more) of these issues.”

“The success of our national science enterprise is necessary to facilitate life-changing discovery, encourage cutting-edge innovation, and maintain and grow our global competitiveness. COL (and the broader ocean science and technology community it represents) stands ready to be a resource for the new administration and Congress; to share information, data, and knowledge; to elucidate potential impacts of decisions; and to work together in a bipartisan manner to leverage science and technology to ensure our nation’s safety and security,” White stated.

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Australians’ views on carbon pricing before and after the 2013 federal election

Public perceptions of climate change policies change over time. A national survey shows that although acceptance of the carbon pricing policy stayed stable throughout the election campaign, this did not indicate support for the policy.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2756


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Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

DENVER (Reuters) – Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he’s talking about abortion and the economy to get his candidates across the finish line.


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One more heave! Ministers’ pre-election fracking drive

Ministers are determined to get fracking under way in the UK as fast as possible, so it’s a ‘fait accompli’ in time for the election, writes Alex Stevenson. With a firm pro-fracking concensus in Parliament, only one thing can frustrate their plans – strong local campaigns to turn around MPs desperate for re-election in 2015. It even has a name: democracy.
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Hawaii governor faces tough contest in primary election before hurricane

HONOLULU (Reuters) – Hawaii voters went to the polls on Saturday for the state’s primary election as authorities and residents rushed to clean up debris from one tropical storm with only a day to prepare for an approaching hurricane.


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Can fracking survive the 2015 General Election?

The Government sees fracking as the answer to the UK’s energy problems. But as Alex Stevenson reports, support for it is weak among Lib Dem MPs, not to mention their voters. Could fracking soon be finished?
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