KLÍMAVÁLTOZÁS, MEGÚJULÓ ENERGIAFORRÁSOK ÉS FENNTARTHATÓ FEJLŐDÉS | CLIMATE CHANGE, CLEAN ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES

A klímaváltozással kapcsolatos problémák igen sokrétűek, még olyan, első hallásra távolinak tűnő jelenséget is befolyásolhatnak, mint a migráció. Az egyes országok egyre inkább arra törekszenek, hogy az állami erőfeszítések mellett az üzleti és magánszektort is bevonják a tiszta, megújuló energiaforrások kifejlesztésébe és alkalmazásába.

U.S. Wind-Turbine Manufacturing: Federal Support for an Emerging Industry. Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Michaela D. Platzer. September 23, 2011.

Increasing U.S. energy supply diversity has been the goal of many Presidents and Congresses. This commitment has been prompted by concerns about national security, the environment, and the U.S. balance of payments. More recently, investments in new energy sources have been seen as a way to expand domestic manufacturing. For all of these reasons, the federal government has a variety of policies to promote wind power.

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Climate Change and Migration Dynamics. Migration Policy Institute. Kathleen Newland. September 2011.

Climate change is a new driver of human migration, and is expected by many to dwarf all other factors in its impact. But while there is growing concern about climate change, far less agreement exists about what kinds of effects will be felt where, by whom, and precisely when.

The Green Climate Fund: Options for Mobilizing the Private Sector. Brookings Institution. Katherine Sierra. Web posted August 30, 2011.

The private sector is a critical player in moving to a climate compatible future, according to the report. To have a chance at maintaining the climate at 2 degrees over pre-industrial levels, economies will need to transform. This implies significant investment in both mitigation and adaptation to help move countries onto climate compatible pathways. The public sector has a critical role in setting goals, building the enabling environment, and investing in research, development and public infrastructure in ways that support the transition. But businesses, households and the capital markets that fund them will be responsible for the bulk of the investment needed.

Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market, from Pew Center on Global Climate Change,: October 2011

The report presents a set of practical lessons for organizations pursuing low-carbon innovation strategies. The results should be of interest to corporate decision-makers who are developing or considering low-carbon innovation strategies and to others seeking to understand how companies can effectively bring low-carbon innovations to market, including financial analysts, institutional investors, state and federal officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scholars, and participants in international efforts to address climate change.

Common Metrics: Comparing Countries’ Climate Pledges. Pew Center on Global Climate Change. September 2011.

To enable a better understanding of the mitigation pledges offered under the Copenhagen Accord and the Cancún Agreements, this analysis converts the 2020 pledges of the major economies into four common metrics: percent change in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990; percent change from 2005; percent change from “business as usual” and; percent change in emissions intensity from 2005.

Hydrokinetic Electric Power Generation. Pew Center on Global Climate Change. August 2011.

Modern ocean wave energy conversion machines use new technology that is designed to operate in high amplitude waves, and modern tidal/river/ocean current hydrokinetic machines use new technology that is designed to operate in fast currents.

Electric Energy Storage. Pew Center on Global Climate Change. August 2011.

Electric energy storage (EES) technology has the potential to facilitate the large-scale deployment of variable renewable electricity generation, such as wind and solar power, which is an important option for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric power sector.

Solar Power. Pew Center on Global Climate. August 2011.

The amount of solar radiation, also known as insolation, reaching the earth’s surface every hour is more than all the energy currently consumed by all human activities annually.

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