Energy leaders say climate crisis more urgent



NEW DELHI – Energy industry leaders on Wednesday called for a fresh push in the fight against climate change and urged governments to make it easier for the world’s poor to access power sources.

“The three main global long-term challenges… (are) security of supply, struggle against climate change, and fight against energy poverty,” World Energy Council chairman Pierre Gadonneix said at an industry summit in New Delhi.

Gadonneix said energy poverty was poised to become a global issue, with 1.3 billion of the world’s population lacking access to electricity as developed nations struggle to absorb the impact of the downturn and rising energy costs.

“The fight against climate change is more and more pressing … We are now on the track to reach plus 6 degrees Centigrade global temperature increase by 2100, instead of the 2 degrees, which were recommended,” he added.

Calling 2013 the year of energy transition, Gadonneix said energy policy could no longer be managed independently of other sectors such as water, and would need to be coordinated across local, regional and global levels.

The two-day summit began on Tuesday, with government and industry representatives meeting to discuss growing challenges facing the sector.

The London-based World Energy Council is an independent network of private and public sector representatives from the oil, gas, power and renewable energy industries in 93 countries.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Once they get power supply security right globally, then on or before, maybe food supply should follow next. 

    Unsold vegetable produce will no longer rot but delivered just in time to the part of the world where it is assured of being consume at once.  Same for close to expiry food products.  This could help lessen pressure of over fishing, mass production of meat which converts forests for pasture land, and destruction of unsold food.

  • J

    Ang Lopez, San Miguel at M. Pangilinan maghahari sa PH.


    I know that,although numerous countries have now acknowledged that exceptional climate variation has been accelerated by man-made activities,the peoples of many other countries have exhibited disinterest and/or disbelief of the facts (geologically speaking..based only on fairly short-term statistical data) and recently, more solid evidence.
    Living in basically a rural region of the Pilipinas,where some people are involved in growing rice,fish and some vegetables,I have to say that it is very obvious that locals on-the-ground here have OTHER things on their minds..and the rapidly worsening health of the environment is NOT one of them! Even the health of their immediate Families seem to be painfully ignored.
    Some of observations include;
                                                1.Regular burning of piles of rubbish consisting of plastics and                                        many other producers of toxic smoke/gases..without regard to whether the wind is blowing the smoke into their home,or other homes within 100 meters of the fires.

                                                 2.Seasonal burning of vegetation cut and trimmed from dike-banks and edges of fish-ponds..including any plastics etc heaped up within the piles.

                                                 3. Full-time smoking within the confines of their own or others’ the same shared areas as infants,children,and non-smokers.

                                                 4. Extremely high sound volumes of the ubiquitous videoke machines..also in the very close vicinity of babies,infants and children who have no choice over the matter.

                                                 5. The cutting-down and/or severe pruning of “public” trees for use as firewood or building materials.

                                                 6. In addition to “5.” above..many of those trees are on the banks of “public” waterways..these trees being essential for bank stabilization,the shade,shelter,and safe nesting-places for what little wild-life is left here,and water purity…

                                                 7.The indiscriminate dumping of plastics,tins,bottles,clothes,slippers,diapers,dead animals,bags of rubbish,unwanted vegetable matter,waste-water from laundry etc.,and no doubt..urine and faeces.

                                                  8. Run-off from areas of horticulture and agriculture/animal rearing..including vegetables,pigs,goats,chickens,ducks,turkeys..and of course,fish.

                                                  9.Constant noise and/or gas pollution from motorized tricycles,jeepneys,trucks,buses,petrol-powered generators and water-pumps.Add to that the noise from street vendors,and huge aerial explosions all throughout the year.

                                                  10.Persistent rubbish disposal onto the streets and verges from customers of sari-sari shops liberally spaced and found almost anywhere here in Luzon. 

    O.K…that’s enough examples!

    Suffice to say..complete ignorance must perhaps explain most of the occurences above…and culturally-passed on practices being perpetrated without question as the contributor. 

    The local-body councils are too cash-strapped or disinterested to educate the masses,or do much to alleviate the damages still going on from such practices out-lined.

    An observer can only shake one’s head and look the other way whilst doing their best to set a standard by picking up after others,and being seen to dispose of one’s own rubbish in a responsible manner,and burning NOTHING.

    The Earth heating up,the typhoons and floods increasing in number and ferocity,the year’s school education getting shorter annually due to frequent time can be taken to think about,read about,educate others about;….GLOBAL WARMING and ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

    Perhaps thoughts of “what are we going to eat tomorrow” cross the minds of more than a few million people in this sadly super-corrupted and demoralised Pipilnas.


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