Bernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasible

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Barron’s:Electricity generation is the largest single contributor to the carbon emissions that are warming the planet. It accounts for 42% of global emissions, and that share is likely to grow as transportation increasingly is powered by batteries instead of oil.As countries announce ambitious plans to wean their economies from fossil fuels, their efforts to shift how they generate electricity will determine whether they can hit those goals. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which helps governments come up with plans to shift to renewables, has estimated that 86% of electricity can be generated with renewables by 2050.That number might seem high, but more data is now supporting the potential for an aggressive shift in power generation. In a new report, Bernstein analyst Meike Becker examined how countries can get to 100% renewable electricity generation by 2050, and the analysis has some good news about the potential for renewable generation.Becker’s report found that countries will take widely different paths to renewable generation, based on their natural resources. If coal and oil deposits determined a country’s fate in the 20th century, the force of its rivers and strength of its sunshine will likely determine its path in the 21st. Countries that generate hydroelectric power are way ahead in terms of producing clean power. Norway generates 98% of its electricity from renewable sources, largely because of hydro power. As of 2015, Brazil got 75% of its power from hydro sources. Canada relies on renewables for 67% of its electricity.But even in countries without rushing water generating much electricity, Becker sees a feasible path to renewable generation. In Belgium, for instance, hydro accounts for just 7% of generation. What’s more, Belgium depends on nuclear power for about 30% of its electricity, and the country plans to phase nuclear out by 2025. Nonetheless, Becker expects Belgium can generate at least 75% of its electricity with renewables by 2050 by relying on solar, wind and a variety of other technologies, including so-called “combined cycle gas turbines” that use gas and steam for power. The key to doing this is being able to generate and store power at times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, using batteries and technologies that can use other fuels more efficiently.The chances that countries can generate all their electricity with renewables by 2050 are “at this point very close to 100% for countries with good resources and a bit further away if conditions are less favourable,” she wrote in an email to Barron’s. Nonetheless, countries without the same resources can still generate “very high share, and usually higher than what most people currently think, I would say.”More: The path to 100% renewable power is looking more achievable Bernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasiblelast_img read more

Dominican Military and Police Seize Large Volume of Drugs

first_img Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country’s southeast coast. The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers The Dominican Republic’s Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month. In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8. In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala. The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The Dominican Republic’s Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month. In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala. Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe. The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles. Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe. Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country’s southeast coast. The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine. By Dialogo February 17, 2015 In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8. last_img read more

Sustaining the ‘Trump Bump’

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ hit record highs the week of May 8, and the Dow closed over 21,000. The “Trump Bump” (as the run up in capital markets is called) remains in full force. In all, I believe the business environment will be more favorable under the Trump administration.Some factors make maintaining a favorable environment for business less likely, however. For example, the current run up is premature given we are still lacking specifics on many aspects of the new administration’s fiscal policy. In addition, predicting when the new administration’s fiscal measures (and in what final form) will be passed and become effective is problematic.Another concern for businesses in the current economic climate is the Federal Reserve’s rate-raising intentions. The decisions and narrative of the Federal Open Market Committee demonstrate a heavy bias toward employment measures at the expense of GDP, inflation, the nuances of employment (like participation rate), and even a full appreciation of the unique circumstances of rates near zero for seven years. Notably, the FOMC’s rate forecast has been widely off for five years in a row. In all, this doesn’t lend confidence that the Fed will make the right decision about interest rates during its remaining meetings in 2017. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

Public hearing on industrial zoning code in Endicott postponed

first_imgThe public hearing is expected to be held through a Zoom call on Monday, Mat 4, since this pandemic has prohibited people meeting in groups. In the Zoom meeting on Monday, dozens of people joined in on the call to hear what the Village of Endicott board was ready to address. However, it was quickly announced that the public hearing on additions to zoning codes regarding recycling and other guidelines will be postponed to Monday, May 4. Questions can be submitted to mayorssec@endicott.ny.com before and during the meeting. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says the board received information on regarding the addition to recycling and guidelines to the village’s existing industrial code just shortly before the meeting. Jackson said because the information came so closely before the hearing, there was very little time to review and rescheduled it to have a more thorough hearing in May. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Village of Endicott’s board meeting was ready to hold a public hearing regarding newly recycling and guidelines additions to the village’s industrial zoning code. last_img read more

Panel faults NIH risk assessment for Boston biodefense lab

first_img Klare Allen, a community organizer who has led opposition to the lab’s construction, told the Washington Post that she was pleased with the NRC’s findings. “The NRC pretty much confirmed everything we’ve been saying for the last 5 years,” she said. Dec 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC). An NRC committee was named to look into the NIH’s risk assessment of the biosafety level 4 lab, which will be located at Boston University, in response to a request from the state of Massachusetts, according to the NRC report. The state made the request after a court challenge invalidated the state’s finding that the NIH’s draft environmental impact report was adequate. See also: The NRC report will be among other public comments the NIH will review as it finalizes its risk analysis, according to a Nov 30 Washington Post report. The Post story, published Nov 30, said the lab is 70% complete. Federal officials have said that if they lose court battles over the lab, it will be used to study less dangerous pathogens, according to the story. Nov 29 NRC press release “Environmental justice communities are often faced with environmental stressors that wealthier communities do not face,” the committee wrote, adding that the South End neighborhood where the new lab is located could face extra health challenges if residents’ health is poor, public health services are lacking, or insects or rodents are common in the area. Besides voicing several detailed concerns about the NIH’s risk assessment methodology, the advisory committee said the agency’s report glossed over “environmental justice” issues related to the lab’s inner-city setting. Also, the committee faulted the NIH report for focusing mainly on a single individual or a small number of lab workers in analyzing the probability of a release of a lethal agent. The NIH should have included other possibilities, such as equipment failure, security breaches, and malevolent action, the report states.center_img “The NIH draft report has serious weaknesses, in particular regarding selection of pathogens and lack of transparency of the modeling, leading the committee to conclude that the draft is not sound and credible,” said NRC committee chairman John Ahearne, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in the NRC press release. One of the advisory committee’s criticisms centers on the pathogens the NIH selected in the scenarios modeled and described in the risk assessment: Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus, monkeypox virus, Sabia hemorrhagic fever virus, and Rift Valley fever virus. The findings from the NRC, an arm of the National Academies, were released on Nov 29 in a 28-page report posted on the NRC’s Web site. The National Academies consist of four private, nonprofit, congressionally chartered institutions that advise the US government on science, technology, and health policy issues. After it lost the court challenge, the state asked the NIH to produce a risk assessment addressing additional worst-case scenarios, alternative sites for the lab, and mitigation issues in the event of a pathogen release from the lab. NRC report on NIH risk analysis of Boston BSL 4 laboratory “The committee acknowledges the need for biocontainment laboratories in the United States, including BSL 4 laboratories, and recognizes that BSL 4 laboratories are being operated in other major urban areas,” he wrote. In a letter to Massachusetts officials that accompanies the report, Ahearne emphasized that the report focuses only on the quality of the NIH risk assessment and shouldn’t be viewed as a statement about the risk of a biocontainment facility in Boston or any other city. The committee said that worst-case scenario planning should have involved agents, such as those that spread by aerosol droplets, that have higher person-to-person transmission rates than most of the agents the NIH included.last_img read more

Sebelius expects launch of H1N1 vaccination drive in fall

first_imgJul 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – If an effective vaccine for pandemic H1N1 influenza is available, the federal government expects to mount an H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, initially targeting schoolchildren, adults with health problems, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers, a top US official said today.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the vaccination plans at the Obama administration’s H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit, a one-day meeting designed to stimulate preparedness nationwide. The session drew about 500 state, tribal, and territorial health and education officials to Bethesda, Md., and was streamed over the Web.”While we have made no final decisions about its scope, and have ‘off ramps’ built into our decision making process if the circumstances change, at this point, we expect to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus,” Sebelius said in her prepared remarks.She commented that the risk of increased antiviral resistance in the H1N1 virus is a “serious consideration,” underlining the importance of vaccination.Sebelius said the current estimate is that some vaccine will be ready for distribution in mid-October.HHS is working with its advisory committees to decide which groups will be offered vaccine and in what order, but added, “We know that young people have been disproportionately impacted by this virus, and we anticipate that school-aged children, non-elderly adults with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers who are likely to come in contact with the virus will be priority groups to whom vaccine will be offered.”The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) hopes to evaluate the first candidate H1N1 vaccine in early August, said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who preceded Sebelus on the summit program.”This information will be critical to decisions about how and if to start a vaccination program this fall,” Fauci said.$350 million to statesWhile urging states and other jurisdictions to help prepare for the potential vaccination drive, Sebelus promised that some money will be available to support those preparations. Tomorrow HHS will formally announce the availability of $350 million for preparedness grants to states, money that Congress included in the recently passed 2009 supplemental appropriation bill.The sum includes $260 million to go to state health departments “to support your ongoing work and to prepare for the vaccination campaign, while $90 million will help hospitals prepare for the surge of patients they will treat if an outbreak impacts their community,” Sebelius said.In response to questions, she said HHS plans to provide information this week on how to apply for the grants and that applications will be due Jul 24. “We hope to push the money out the door by July 31,” she added.Vaccination planning starts nowShe urged state and local health officials to begin planning now for the likely vaccination campaign. “It may not be possible, at least in the early stages, to use the standard channels to distribute the vaccine,” she said. “We will need your assistance to identify vaccination sites.”The federal government will pay for the vaccine, Sebelius promised: “The vaccine will be purchased by the federal government and made available for distribution by state and tribal governments, and we will provide financial and technical assistance all along the way.”Responding to questions, she said Congress has already approved about $1 billion to buy the bulk vaccine ingredients and that another $7.5 billion will be available for the program.”This will be a federally funded program that may have an opportunity to recover some funding back from folks with private insurance,” she said. “But don’t expect this will be done through private sources as seasonal flu vaccination is; this will really be a public effort funded by the federal government.”HHS expands flu Web siteOutlining other HHS efforts to strengthen preparedness, Sebelius said the agency is upgrading and expanding its flu Web site, flu.gov. She urged the public to use the site to learn how to prepare for the flu season.In another step to raise public awareness, HHS is inviting Americans to record and submit their own short public service announcements (PSAs) about the H1N1 virus, Sebelius announced.An HHS news release said the agency will pick the best PSAs and let the public vote on them. The winning announcement will be shown on national television, and its creator will win $2,500.Today’s meeting also included speeches by other federal officials, a short talk by President Barack Obama via telephone, and presentations on school closures and state, tribal, and local experiences with H1N1 to date.Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave a short update on the H1N1 situation. He stressed, among other things, the widely varying dimensions of the epidemic in different places, saying, “There’s actually a 100-fold difference in the level of documented infections in different states in the US, and even within states and within cities there are differences.”Obama, echoing comments from Sebelius and others, stressed the importance of state and local preparations for the likely vaccination drive and for good communication.”We’ve looked at past cases of this [a flu pandemic] being properly handled and improperly handled, and one of the most important differences is that where it’s well handled, state and local officials have complete ownership over the issue,” he said.See also:Jul 9 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/07/20090709a.htmllast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian nurses, ministers pay a tribute to fallen healthcare workers

first_imgMeanwhile, as of Sunday, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) had recorded 115 doctor deaths due to COVID-19.Also speaking at the event, the state-owned enterprises minister and COVID-19 response and national economic recovery committee chairman, Erick Thohir, vowed to prioritize medical workers.“If a COVID-19 vaccine is found, medical workers will be prioritized. It is part of the state’s strategy to provide total protection for medical workers,” he said.He also said the government would come up with a better system in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, by involving doctors and nurses in the joint forces.COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nurses, our heroes, who died in their duties,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Concerns mount as medical workers suffer pandemic burnoutHe went on to say that the community-based Pentahelix circle — a model comprising businesspeople, the government, community, academics and the media — must be incorporated into the nation’s main strategy to curb the spread of the virus. “Nurses, doctors and medical workers should be the last fortress in battling this pandemic,” Doni added.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy and People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo also delivered their condolences to the families, calling medical workers heroes and applauding their efforts. Topics : Given the fact that one nurse can provide medical care to tens of sick people, losing thousands of competent nurses would be a huge loss to the country, Harif said, suggesting the government give more protection to medical workers.According to data recorded by the PPNI, 78 nurses nationwide have reportedly died from COVID-19. “It’s already a huge loss to all of us, especially to the PPNI,” he said.Read also: IDI urges better protection for medical workers as five more doctors die of COVID-19 The Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) hosted an online gathering Tuesday to honor medical workers who have lost their lives during the battle against COVID-19.“Medical workers have vital roles in battling COVID-19. They don’t even know when to feel tired, even though they are supposed to be tired [from the relentless work],”PPNI chairman Harif Fadhillah said in Tuesday’s event, entitled Pray for Nurses.“This event is to remember our friends who died because of the virus. We also want to honor their lives and provide a little solace to their families,” he added.last_img read more

Hidden retreat on Sapphire a rare gem

first_imgEach room in the home has cathedral ceilings.“It was quite a unique property and a bit of a sanctuary,” Mr Whitehouse said.“It needed a lot of work but we could see there was potential.” One of the bedrooms in the “secluded bungalow”.“It’s almost a bit of a secluded bungalow,” he said.“It’s very private, which is unusual and finding something like that in Holland Park is a bit of a rare gem.”Mr Whitehouse said the property would be suited to a number of buyers, from first homeowners like they were, to someone looking to expand the home or even a tradesman. The kitchen has had a renovation and there is a bench seat.The modern kitchen flows through to a dining room, which has a bench seat along louvred windows.The home is tucked away from the road and is on a 577sq m block. The bathroom has had a modern revamp.The couple got to work, replacing floors, fencing and the roof, as well as installing a new kitchen and bathroom.Outside they focused on creating an oasis, something Mr Whitehouse credits to his partner.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“I owe all that to Amanda, she’s the green thumb, not me,” Mr Whitehouse said.The residence opens to a large living space through double doors.The floors are polished timber, and the home has timber cathedral ceilings.center_img The hidden urban oasis at 18 Sapphire St, Holland Park, is for sale.A HIDDEN sanctuary awaits behind the gate at 18 Sapphire St.Ed Whitehouse and Amanda Lusty bought the Holland Park property as their first home just over six years ago, and saw it as a project they hoped to turn into something special. Ms Lusty put blood, sweat and tears into creating the garden, her partner has said.“It’s got concrete pillars so it could easily be lifted and you could build a second story to accommodate families,” he said.“It’s also got dual access, so it would be easy for a tradesman to access with their trailer.”The couple are moving to be closer to their parents.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

Maersk Line Returns to CentrePort Wellington

first_imgDanish container shipping giant Maersk Line has decided to resume its weekly container shipping service to Wellington, New Zealand.The service will return once CentrePort, Wellington port operator, has completed works that will allow its ship-to-shore cranes to operate.These works were required following damage sustained in the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake which made the port’s gantry cranes inoperable. They are expected to be largely complete by September.Jens Maersk, deployed on Maersk Line’s Northern Star service and capable of carrying 3,000 TEUs, is scheduled to make its first call at CentrePort on September 18.Gerard Morrison, Maersk Line Oceania’s Managing Director, applauded CentrePort’s efforts to complete the structural repairs needed to become fully operational again.“CentrePort has kept us fully informed of its progress over the last nine months and we are very pleased to return to Wellington with our weekly Northern Star service,” Morrison commented.Derek Nind, CentrePort Chief Executive, welcomed the return of Maersk: “We look forward to working with Maersk in the future as we resume our strong growth in container shipping volumes.”Maersk Line’s Northern Star service deploys six 3,000 TEU vessels. The service makes six weekly port calls around New Zealand each week.Earlier this year, regular container shipping returned to Wellington, with weekly visits by a geared ship linking the port with Australia.last_img read more

Weekes calls for a multispectral approach towards fighting crime in Dominica.

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Inspector Claude Weekes. Photo credit: GIS NewsPolice Inspector Claude Weekes is calling for a multispectral approach towards fighting criminal activities in Dominica.While he admits that there are several areas of improvement which need to take place within the police force in fighting crime and the drug trade on the island, Mr. Weekes says it is also the responsibility of the communities to assist the police in addressing the problem holistically.He says some parents encourage the use and misuse of drugs when they are fully aware that some of their children are involved in the act.Weekes says the police are doing their best but it is the duty of all and sundry to assist the police in stamping out illicit drugs and crime in the countryWeekes is therefore recommending that a plan of action be put in place to address crime in Dominica.Police Inspector Claude Weekes was speaking at a recent seminar on crime and violence in Paix Bouche.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Weekes calls for a multispectral approach towards fighting crime in Dominica. by: – July 13, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more