Tag Archive: Pollution

Canada – War Planes 145 Times More Important Than Environment

While Australia is finally getting real (see this article) about climate change and related environmental problems, Canada goes in the opposite direction. Under the pretext of cutting the budget deficit Prime Minister Harper is slashing funding for the main Canadian environmental agency “Environment Canada” by about 20%. Hundreds of jobs watching over pollution standards, documenting the dwindling arctic ozone layer or researching climate change will be lost and Canada will lose its once leading position in climate and environmental science.
ON green policy! One cannot stop wondering about Harpers priorities. While he apparently cannot afford 200m Canadian dollars for continuing …

China – Coal Power Stations Reduce Output

China’s generally very effective development machine faces new challenges. With inflation and particularly coal prices on the rise and heavily relying on export oriented low cost and energy intensive industries, China’s bureaucracy scrambles to keep electricity costs down. One might consider this to be an easy task. After all, utilities are state controlled and basically have to follow orders. However, this time it’s different. Confronted with dramatically rising expenses on coal, rapidly increasing demand and artificially low and inflexible prices, power utilities struggle to be profitable. Many of them actually produce at a net loss. The financial situation is …

Shale Gas – Ecologically and Economically Unsustainable

Shale gas is booming in the US  and Canada and according to some sources is bound to become to most important source of primary energy in the region. However behind the suspiciously optimistic assumptions, some insiders reveal worrying figures seriously questioning both its ecological and economical viability. Rapidly falling production in many wells points to increasingly inefficient investment decisions in what is essentially another high-risk bubble for investors. And the most serious problems could still emerge. Contrary to claims by the industry, there is at least one proven case where water sources have been severely tainted. Many other cases cannot be studied by …