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Enough: Change The System Itself!

Article originally published on Greenpeace International; Audio/edited recorded by Cortes Radio.

By Rex Weyler

Why are global politics so dysfunctional that the UN climate meeting requires a 15-year-old Swedish grade school student to speak the truth? Why does a coalition of youth, outside the COP 24 climate meeting articulate a more comprehensive action plan than the delegates inside the meeting?

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Some Questions About BC’s Carbon Tax

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s carbon tax has been extolled by authorities around the World. When it was first introduced, in 2008, the carbon tax rate was to increased by $5-per-tonne each year. The biggest criticism I’ve heard is that the province should not have capped it at $30-per-tonne in 2013. So, after reading that the International Monetary Fund invited Environment Minister Mary Polak to speak at the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Peru, I asked the Ministry some questions about BC’s Carbon Tax.

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Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry (A Review)

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Peter Varadi is one of the few people who could be said to personify the solar industry. He and his partner, Joseph Lindmayer helped develop this technology for space and founded the World’s first terrestrial solar company in 1973. It was the worlds largest, and possibly the only profitable, solar company when they sold out a decade later. That did not end Varadi’s involvement. He has continued to be at the center of developments, as a consultant to organizations like the European Commission, The World Bank and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His recently published book, Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry, is and insider’s view of what has transpired since Bell laboratories discovered that silicon was a incredible conductor of electricity in 1953.
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