The Energy and Climate Week Show: from unloved end bearings, hot summers, European modernization muffles, Chinese uberhallers and fishermen who can not catch fish for their families
It’s not so long ago, there were some stone eggs, a few cold winter weeks in Europe or North America were the proof that there is no climate change. Even some people’s representatives did not dissolve to argue at this level.
And now? Should one face the summery heat now, which is currently bruet over Europe? The goods no less nonsensical. Unless the current summer proves to be a similar record, such as the different heat waves in 2003, where at the time of the World Meteorology Organization WMO Uber 70.000 people died. Such an event is quite unlikely in the current climate. Only almost every 500 years should occur in statistical means.
Should the current summer prove to be an extreme event from the same calibration, this capacity would be a further indication that the climate is changing. But we will know that in a few weeks. Meanwhile, some times in long-term weather forecasts, which is quite dared, and say for the next three months ahead of above-average temperatures.
Relative there is definitely a look at the global averages. Already broke in the cold winter months in this country, as reported several times, which repeats the entire globe and the respective month averaged air temperature repeats records. A clear sign for that that the hot energy stored in the climate system increases. In recent months, this trend continued to stop (see.a. July was able to become the homested month since the beginning of the quantities and too warm).
Unloved CO2 extension
CCS, the technique for deposition of carbon dioxide in the coal-fired power plants and storage in the deep underground, is not particularly popular with the Burgers, especially those who live in Schleswig-Holstein or in the sudely Brandenburg in the regions, the for CO2 extensions provided for are. There had been a first start to break up for about a year ago, for about a year ago, to break up a legal framework for CCS, developed massive protest within a few weeks. The government is therefore dear in the run-up to the then federal elections the topic as a hot potato falls.
But since the energy groups is a lot of money in the game, it was expected that soon a new project was made. This was done last week by means of a bill developed by the Federal Ministries for Economics and Environment (the underground storage of CO2 should be tested). At Vattenfall you are highly satisfied with the bill. The Group operates in Sudbrandenburg in the power plant "Black pump" A first 30 megawatt experimental system and plans to build a pilot power plant in Janschalde, not far from Cottbus. In 2015, it should go into operation.
Power station and CO2 pipeline, reported the marked or newspaper, should cost 1.5 billion euros, 180 million of which the Group is hoping for taxpayers, in this case from the EU,. The law thus ares a Vattenfall spokesman for the newspaper, is a prerequisite for the investment decision. Neither power plant nor pipeline are now approved. The procedure required for this is to be carried out in the next year on the basis of the new law, if it happens without prejudice to Parliament and Landerkammer.
One of the criticisms that in this country Left Climate Protection at the Kyoto Protocol is the so-called Clean Development Mechanism, which the industrialized countries have printed in part significant resistance of the developing countries into the contract. States and companies investing in the countries of the Suedand in technology that avoids emissions are to be credited in the form of certificates. Which can then be introduced, for example, in EU internal emissions trading or credited directly to the obligations of the respective industriality. Then then more CO2 blow into the air.
That’s just as windy, as it expires in practice. The procedure has various vulnerabilities, especially in the certification process. How are the avoided emissions calculated? Who is used as a reviewer? Are the appraiserally independent? And so forth.
One of the important questions is what can be credited. This is not just about that emissions intensive old plants are replaced by more environmentally friendly technology. Even those who build a carbon or gas power plant on the latest state of the art can do so as it was without his investment with less efficient. He can then be certified the emissions so alleged emissions.
The news portal Climeretter reports that such in the European steel industry is course and giving. Instead of in this country to commit the use of more efficient technology, which incidentally also saves energy, one would rather buy emission certificates in competition in China and India. Leader is the German company Glock Salzgitter, which covers 99.5 percent of its emission obligations in this species. This is quite as expensive as the static whispering of the industry suggests, the German energy costs seem to be not. It is likely to call for state protection in a few years, because it has overslept the technological development and the thresholders now have a lead.
China at the uberhallspur
The British Conservative Tim Yeo, Chairman of the Unterhaus Committee for Energy and Climate Change, warns that the West will lose the connection to China. The center of the center was invested in CO2-poor technology, and uaf the international bean the "Bad Guy" play to distract from these efforts. "The danger is that we wake up in ten years and determine that you have uberholted."
While this is a somewhat idiosyncratic interpretation of the Chinese motives, but Yeos description of Chinese technology and climate policy is quite applicable: " (…) While their economy growth, they invest in technology with low CO2 emissions. They create a network of high speeds in a short time, so that the number of domestic flows can be reduced, they invest very heavily in renewable energies, they have pretty demanding environmental standards for motor vehicles, and they have an impressive reforestation program."
Yeos proposed how Europe could keep up, but are not particularly revolutionary. He wants to personalize the emissions trading and, above all, give the individual more responsibility for his emissions. This is not exactly after innovative industrial policy and is once more designed that most of the decisions on energy consumption and emissions are not made by consumers but politicians and entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, China does not only invest at home in railway construction – after the ship the climate-friendly mass transport – but also in other countries. Last week, in Beijing (Beijing), the visit of the Argentine Prasidentian Cristina Fernandez Kirchner was completed on the renewal of some thousand kilometers of Argentine railways, as the news agency Reuters reported. Ten billion US dollars are to be invested in the next few years, about 85 percent of this will ask the People’s Republic, the rest of Argentina.
The country has an extensive railway network, which is completely overrun as a result of privatization. If you drive with one of the few remaining remote connections, it can happen that you first have to wait several hours on the departure, because the planned locomotive must first pick up a lounger. So then it can happen that the window next to a must be opened again and again and to be held by hand, while the train is jerking in the exceptional pace through the endless pampa.
Very unethainted is the Chinese help is not. Priority will benefit from the money-resistant lines, which are important for the export of agricultural products. China is one of the big customers of Argentinian soy. The Argentine farmers sue years that they have to transport their goods large part on the straws to the distant harbor, which is expensive. With the modernized tracks, exports can be reached faster and cheap the customers not least in the People’s Republic.
BP disaster not over
Even though the OLKonzern BP cautious to produce good news about his exorbitenteted Oldesaster, right time to facilitated backrests is not yet. While the new bell of the resignation now seems to be largely stopped, but the solution is by no means stable and not for a long-term backup of the borehole. It will be achieved only when it succeeds to bore the borehole from the side and to pass with concrete.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of prere under the bell and, as it looks, it is also the tube, by the OL and gas from the earth’s heart no longer quite dense. In any case, there are messages, according to which possibly methane penetrates from the ground in the near the borehole. Should this be true, then it would be possible to close that due to the high prere under the new bell also OL penetrates into the ground. The US resists have prompted BP to examine the case closely and to open the bell again should the burglaries. Otherwise, the high prere could damage the pipe in the olverver and allow the host fully to control (s.a. olpest. The fear of further leaks).
Less spectacular than rough bells, Oloverted bird or tea lumps on tourist counters, but still drastic are the consequences, the BPS OL disaster in the region for the fishermen and their families. Not only is that the income is missing, they have also previously related to an important part of their food directly from the sea. As long as you can eject a net or a leash, you do not suffer from the golf, strolling it. But now you are how the news agency AP writes, instructed that benefit organizations provide you with preserves or get you from BP money for food. For people who were lived for a lifetime to provide themselves, that is not a pleasant situation, sometimes that they had had a dino, which could hardly be a healthy.
The aid organizations have difficulty to raise the existing funds for the distributed food packages. BP has just at the beginning of the illusion 750.000 US dollars paid, but since then the helpers are waiting for further transfers. The Group gives the immediate costs of leaks with four billion US dollars so far. Among them are also a few $ 100 million, which were paid to the US states concerned and private individuals. A few hundred thousand for the welfare clubs were not really badly.
According to estimates of the International Energy Agency IEA, 2.3 to 4.5 million barrels (159-liter barrel) OL from the Haved Borehole have now escaped. Due to the delays in a row of unluck, the organization for this and the coming year expects that the daily demand in the Gulf at 30.000 barrel will be smaller. What happened afterwards, very much on whether and how long the moratorium for holes consist in coarse water depths. Further delays in the project development were possibly the previously predicted claim in the Gulf region for 2015 at 100.000 to 300.000 Barrel per day can be reduced.