From The Guardian:
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according to an influential member of the royal family.
German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours of Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank has said … Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50% of the nation’s midday electricity needs.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The International Energy Agency said the world’s clean energy investments are sorely lacking and this week called for an additional $36 trillion of funding by 2050.
In a sharply-worded introduction to a 700-page report, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said governments and private industry need to do far more if the world is to hold global warming to what most scientists say is an acceptable level.
“Our ongoing failure to realize the full potential of clean energy technology is alarming,” said van der Hoeven. “Under current policies, both energy demand and emissions are likely to double by 2050.”
At the recent Green Festival in New York, A World Without War author D.R. Thompson gave a similar message to the Feather Project, stating we need to put trillions of dollars into an accelerated effort toward a sustainable economy and energy infrastructure — see video below.
[June, 2010] A group of industry leaders, including Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and General Electric boss Jeff Immelt, stepped up calls for a Manhattan project for low carbon energy last week urging the US government to significantly increase investment in energy research and development.