George C. Dimitriou

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Cap and Trade in America: US Climate Policy at a Crossroads.

May 07, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

DB Research have just issued the following publication “Current Issues” – which is available at their website.

The United States – the world’s No. 1 emitter of greenhouse gases for decades – are now debating a major policy shift from indirect approaches in tackling climate change to a cap-and-trade programme which would greatly reduce emissions: the Climate Security Act. If enacted, the world’s largest market for carbon trading would be established. What is more it would turn global climate diplomacy upside down, perhaps even opening up emissions trading across the Atlantic.

Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy……….

April 19, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

Fred Krupp is the president of Environmental Defense Fund, and together with the journalist Miriam Horn, have come out with an optimistic book about how we can reduce global warming. Earth: The Sequel—The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming is a field guide to innovation in the alternative energy industry.

It looks at some amazing initiatives that are being aggressively pursued: the use of “concentrators” to intensify the sunlight directed at solar thermal arrays or photovoltaics, colocating solar and wind farms to get the maximum generating potential of those two, bottling heat in giant thermos-type containers as a storage mechanism, using biotechnology to produce biofuels and nanotechnology to radically improve the properties of silicon for use in PV cells, power-generating buoys, geothermal units that can be deployed all over the world to take advantage of the crust of the earth’s tremendous heat and also the hot water that comes up with oil at wellheads, and underground coal gasification, among many others.

“Earth: The Sequel tells how innovators in technology and policy can win the race of our lives. Read this book (and recycle all the others)!”

Climate change and tourism.

April 11, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

Climate change constitutes a challenge for the global tourism industry. The result will be regional and seasonal shifts in tourist flows. There will therefore be winners and loosers. The Mediterranean region will be one of the losers, while – among others – Denmark, Germany, the Benelux countries and the Baltic States may benefit. The impact of negative climate developments will be particularly strong if climate-sensitive tourism has major economic significance. In Europe this applies to Malta, Cyprus, Spain, Austria and Greece.

That’s the general outcome from a publication “Current Issues”, issued by Deutsche Bank Research – which is available here.