IEA: Global renewable energy capacity will climb by 200GW in 2020, more in 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global renewable electricity installation will hit a record level in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency, in sharp contrast with the declines caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the fossil fuel sectors.The IEA report published on Tuesday says almost 90% of new electricity generation in 2020 will be renewable, with just 10% powered by gas and coal. The trend puts green electricity on track to become the largest power source in 2025, displacing coal, which has dominated for the past 50 years.Growing acceptance of the need to tackle the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions has made renewable energy increasingly attractive to investors. The IEA reports that shares in renewable equipment makers and project developers have outperformed most major stock market indices and that the value of shares in solar companies has more than doubled since December 2019.“Renewable power is defying the difficulties caused by the pandemic, showing robust growth while others fuels struggle,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director. “The resilience and positive prospects of the sector are clearly reflected by continued strong appetite from investors. Fossil fuels have had a turbulent time in 2020 as Covid-related measures caused demand from transport and other sectors to plunge.“In 2025, renewables are set to become the largest source of electricity generation worldwide, ending coal’s five decades as the top power provider,” Birol said. “By that time, renewables are expected to supply one-third of the world’s electricity.”The IEA forecasts that new renewable capacity around the world will increase by a record 200 gigawatts in 2020, driven by China and the US where developers are rushing to take advantage of expiring incentive schemes. There is even stronger growth to come in 2021, the IEA said, when India and the European Union will be the driving forces. But growth could decline slightly in 2022 under current policies, the IEA warned.[Damian Carrington]More: International Energy Agency expects green electricity to end coal’s 50-year reign by 2025 IEA: Global renewable energy capacity will climb by 200GW in 2020, more in 2021last_img read more

Peruvian War College Trains Future Military Leaders

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo March 29, 2018 Prominent military officers who have shaped Peru’s history passed through the halls of the Peruvian Army War College Graduate School (ESGE-EPG, in Spanish). Its grounds bore witness to the rise of countless Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police officers. “Our mission is to train General Staff officers and commanders for new challenges—not just military challenges, but also those the country experiences today,” said Peruvian Army Brigadier General Rafael Segundo Pereyra Grande, director of ESGE-EPG. “The college, which stands for more than a century, educated more than 4,000 General Staff officers, training them in the art of war, of course, but also in new challenges and threats such as terrorism, narcotrafficking, and [illegal] logging, among others.” ESGE-EPG’s academic reach transcends national borders. Military officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay also passed through its halls. “Our international integration is quite beneficial. The art of war isn’t cloistered—it’s very open knowledge, and we exchange knowledge and experience,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. ESGE-EPG was founded in 1904. After more than 100 years of educational service, its headquarters are now housed in a historic building in Chorrillos, Lima, considered a national heritage site. Academic experience ESGE-EPG hosts national and international students and teachers. “To be at the school is a very nice, enriching experience. It’s quite a demanding environment, from an academic standpoint,” said Argentine Army Major Diego Hernán Delmé, a second-year student in the Master of Military Science program. Maj. Delmé also trains to serve as a visiting professor in the Combat Intelligence and Operational Planning courses. Among the advantages of the graduate school, he says, is the strengthening of bonds of friendship and camaraderie among military professionals in the region. “To meet professionals from other countries, have contact with peers in the region, and come to realize that we basically speak the same language and come from the same military viewpoint, is essential for our professional development,” Maj. Delmé said. International military personnel also value the exchange of international experiences. For Colombian Army Colonel Wilson Abraham Villamil Pineda—a visiting professor specialized on the subject of the evolution of conflict in Colombia—sharing knowledge on the art of war is an added advantage to the school. “Students are quite motivated to learn what happened in other countries in terms of conflicts,” Col. Villamil said. “Such rapport is very motivating for service members studying at ESGE-EPG, as it allows them to learn from other militaries and gain a more global perspective on what happens in the world.” “The goal is to stir the critical and creative thinking that general staff officers must have to be able to assess and advise,” said Peruvian Army Lieutenant Colonel José Luis Benavidez Acosta, an ESGE-EPG instructor who teaches the Intelligence Preparation on the Battlefield course. Lt. Col. Benavidez is also a graduate of the institution. “It’s quite demanding, both for the student and the teacher. The school must meet all quality standards,” Lt. Col. Benavidez said. “From the time of my studies in 2014 up to now, the school evolved in its approach to the new roles the Army has to meet the government’s needs for the armed forces.” ESGE-EPG runs a program with the Army High Command, a year-long course for colonels to have the opportunity to get trained in Strategic Planning, Security, Defense, and Peace Operations, among other subjects. The two-year Master in Public Management is offered in partnership with the University of the Pacific, also in Lima. Academic courses for officers at the rank of major and above include a Master in Military Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management, taught at San Ignacio de Loyola University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in General Staff Operations. ESGE-EP is an institution accredited by the Council on the Assessment, Accreditation, and Certification of Quality in Graduate Education, a specialized agency within the Peruvian Ministry of Education. Virtual simulations Among ESGE-EPG’s unique offerings, its innovative and nationally unprecedented virtual training center stands out. Known as the Army Computerized Tactical Training Center (CETAC, in Spanish), it conducts virtual simulations to train and prepare service members and civilians alike. “CETAC was created out of necessity to see results for the plans we drafted to aid the public in case of disasters and to look for ways to make our operational plans for counterterrorism more precise,” said Peruvian Army Colonel (R) Guillermo Gamaliel M. Ortiz Herrera, a CETAC specialist in virtual simulations management, defense operations, natural disasters, and crisis management. “Our vision is to be a national leader among training centers that use virtual scenario simulations.” The history of ESGE-EPG is renowned in Peru. “In 2017, we held an international conference, and we have academic agreements with foreign militaries. Nationally, we have agreements with prestigious universities such as University of the Pacific and San Ignacio de Loyola University,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. Several courses will also be added to the school’s academic program. Among them, the Risk Management and Disaster Response program stands out. “Our biggest challenge lies in training future leaders of our country,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. “Not just in all military fields, but also in society’s new challenges.”last_img read more

WILL ILOILO CITY SINK OR SWIM?

first_imgAccordingto Climate Central, over the course of the 21st century, global sea levels areprojected to rise between about 2 and 7 feet, and possibly more. The keyvariables will be how much warming pollution humanity dumps into the atmosphereand how quickly the land-based ice sheets in Greenland and especiallyAntarctica destabilize. Projecting where and when that rise could translateinto increased flooding and permanent inundation is profoundly importantfor coastal planning and for reckoning the costs of humanity’s emissions. “Infact, based on CoastalDEM, roughly 110 million people currently live on landbelow high tide line. This population is almost certainly protected to somedegree by existing coastal defenses, which may or may not be adequate forfuture sea levels,” Climate Central stated. Basedon sea level projections for 2050, land currently home to 300 million peoplewill fall below the elevation of an average annual coastal flood. By 2100, landnow home to 200 million people could sit permanently below the high tideline.  Nevertheless, he would seek theopinion of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and other concerned governmentagencies about the study, said Treñas. “But whether malubog ang Iloilo City, that is another story,” said Treñas. According to the study, Iloilo City isamong major cities in the Philippines that rising sea levels could swallow. Otherareas were Roxas City in Capiz province, Cebu City, northwestern Metro Manilaand parts of Bulacan, the city of Manila, southwestern Manila, and ZamboangaCity. “Waayko kabalo kon ano na-refer ‘ya, bilog nga Iloilo City or part sang Iloilo City? I will have to checkthat,” said the mayor. “First of all I do not know whetherthat will really happen. Second, I do not know who made the report,” saidTreñas. Sealevel rise is one of the best known of climate change’s many dangers. Ashumanity pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the planet warms. Andas it does so, ice sheets and glaciers melt and warming sea water expands,increasing the volume of the world’s oceans. The study results were published inthe journal Nature Communications. IN THE RED. Parts of Iloilo City are vulnerable to sea level rise, according to a study conducted by Climate Central, a research organization on climate change based in the United States. It produced this map using a new digital elevation model. Screenshot from coastal.climatecentral.org Treñas acknowledged that the rising ofseawater is one reason why the city government has pumping stations. According to the study, rising seascould affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought,threatening to erase some of the world’s coastal cities.Iloilo City is a coastal metropolis. It faces the Iloilo Strait. “Because magsugata ang high tide, nagasulod ang tubig sa drainage naton,” he said. Theconsequences range from near-term increases in coastal flooding that can damageinfrastructure and crops to the permanent displacement of coastal communities. ILOILO City – “Things like that shouldnot be immediately accepted by anyone.” This is Mayor Jerry Treñas’ reaction toa report about this city possibly disappearing by 2050 due to rising sealevels. The study was conducted by Climate Central, a United States-based“independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching andreporting the facts about changing climate and its impact on the public.” Inits website, Climate Central stated that projecting flood risk involves notonly estimating future sea level rise but also comparing it against landelevations. However, sufficiently accurate elevation data are eitherunavailable or inaccessible to the public, or prohibitively expensive in mostof the world outside the United States, Australia, and parts of Europe. Thisclouds understanding of where and when sea level rise could affect coastalcommunities in the most vulnerable parts of the world. According to Climate Central, a newdigital elevation model it produced helps fill the gap. That model, CoastalDEM,shows that many of the world’s coastlines are far lower than has been generallyknown and that sea level rise could affect hundreds of millions of more peoplein the coming decades than previously understood. Despitethese existing defenses, Climate Central said increasing ocean flooding,permanent submergence, and coastal defense costs are likely to deliver profoundhumanitarian, economic, and political consequences. Treñas said he heard the new about thestudy but was unsure about its veracity. The city’s pumping stations are onMuelle Loney Street one at the Iloilo River. Tolessen the threat, Climate Central suggests adapting measures such asconstruction of levees and other defenses or relocation to higher ground. “Thiswill happen not just in the distant future, but also within the lifetimes ofmost people alive today,” it added./PNlast_img read more

January 4, 2018 Police Blotter

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License plates on strollers can help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Would you want to know if your nanny … spends most of her day blabbing into a cell phone instead of talking to your child? Power shops for hours at a time, while your child sits virtually ignored and unstimulated in her stroller? Showers your child in love, affection and patience?” HowsMyNanny.com asks clients on the Web site. Jill Starishevsky, founder of HowsMyNanny, declined to reveal how many people have signed up, but she said she has members across the country, including many in California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aside from nanny cams and online nannywatch sites, entrepreneurs have come up with a third way for parents to keep tabs on their child-care providers. ReportMyNanny.com, based in Canoga Park, and HowsMyNanny.com, started by a prosecutor and mother in New York, issue mini-license plates that attach to strollers. This makes it easy for people to report good or bad nanny behavior to members. Membership for HowsMyNanny costs $50 per year; ReportMyNanny.com costs $10 a month. Both companies have built-in safeguards to prevent false reports and allow reporters to remain anonymous to the member. With both systems, the person reporting an incident can go to the Web site and the information is e-mailed to the member. Both emphasize they are not out to get a nanny fired and that they want people to send positive alerts as well as negative. last_img read more