China Improves Energy Efficiency By 20 Percent In 5 Years
China met a five-year target to improve energy efficiency by cutting power to industry and imposing rolling blackouts, even though a massive economic stimulus increased energy use.
Energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product was reduced by 20 percent from 2005 levels by the end of 2010, said Zhang Ping, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. It is China’s top economic planning body.
Scotland to Run Off 100% Renewable Energy by 2025
While many countries are complaining about the Copenhagen requirements, other countries are striving to go above and beyond the call of duty. Last week Northern Ireland stated that they were hoping to have 40 percent of the country running off renewable energy. This week, new First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond went even further, stating that the country could be running off of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
The Return of the Forest
“A major study concludes that in vast parts of the world, forests are
expanding. In the last 15 years alone, 22 of the most forested 50
countries in the world have experienced growth in tree stocks.”