The scope of fossil-fuel subsidies in 2009 and a roadmap for phasing out fossil-fuel subsidies

The report, prepared for the G-20 by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, estimates the scope of fossil-fuel subsidies in 2009 and provides a roadmap for phasing-out fossil-fuel subsides. Source:

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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. Water matters

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Fossil fuel subsidies growing despite concerns

Today most energy sources are subsidised, and none more so than fossil fuels. Indeed in straight numerical terms, subsidies for oil, coal and gas far outweigh those for renewables. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2012 global fossil

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The global climate: 2001-2010 a decade of climate extremes

The report analysed global and regional temperatures and precipitation, as well as extreme events such as the heat waves in Europe and Russia, Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America, Tropical Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, droughts in the Amazon Basin,

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There’s no tomorrow

Video on petrol (pic oil), energy, grow and future Source: Incubatorpictures Date: February 2012

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Water conflicts

In an ongoing effort to understand the connections between water resources, water systems, and international security and conflict, the Pacific Institute initiated a project in the late 1980s to track and categorize events related to water and conflict, which has

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IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2014 is out

In the central scenario of International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2014 the world primary energy demand is 37% higher in 2040, putting more pressure on the global energy system. The scenario shows that world demand for two out of the three fossil fuels

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Fuelling controversy

The economic case for scrapping fossil-fuel subsidies is getting stronger. Globally, the cost of government subsidies for fossil fuels increased from $311 billion in 2009 to $544 billion in 2012, the IEA estimates. Source: The Economist Date: January 2014 Read the

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300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a

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Oil, conflict, and U.S. national interests

Oil is a leading cause of war. Between one-quarter and one-half of interstate wars since 1973 have been linked to oil. Fracking does not change the fundamentals. Although hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is transforming the U.S. oil and gas sector, the

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