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  • dkwilk dkwilk Nov 18, 2013 11:28 AM Flag

    Bloomberg on German NEW Electric power plants

    Germany, Europe’s biggest energy market, is in its largest new-build program for hard coal stations since 1998. Ten new plants with a combined capacity of 7,985 megawatts are scheduled to start producing in the next two years, according to information from German grid regulator Bundesnetzagentur and operators.

    “Unabated coal represents the single biggest threat to climate stability,” U.K. Climate Change Minister Gregory Barker said today in an interview. While “it’s imperative” to scale up renewables and energy efficiency, “in the next two decades it is gas that offers the most immediate and economic replacement to coal,” he said, describing the fuel as a “stepping stone” to a lower-carbon future.

    The global energy mix “has to tilt much more to non-fossil sources” if climate change is to be curbed, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern told reporters today in Warsaw. Carbon capture and storage can help reduce emissions from coal-fired power generation, he said.
    “The world runs significantly on fossil fuels right now, and that’s not going to change overnight,” Stern said.

    Either way, coal companies should expect tighter government regulation, growing difficulties to secure financing and falling public acceptance for new projects, Figueres said.
    “The coal industry faces a business continuation risk that you cannot afford to ignore,” she said. Companies should instead diversify into renewable-energy projects to reduce risk, she said.

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    • The Medieval Warm Period (MWP), Medieval Climate Optimum, or Medieval Climatic Anomaly was a time of warm climate in the North Atlantic region that may also have been related to other climate events around the world during that time, including in China[1] and other countries,[2][3][3][4][5][6][7] lasting from about AD 950 to 1250.[8] It was followed by a cooler period in the North Atlantic termed the Little Ice Age. Some refer to the event as the Medieval Climatic Anomaly as this term emphasizes that effects other than temperature were important.[9][10]
      Despite substantial uncertainties, especially for the period prior to 1600 for which data are scarce, the warmest period of the last 2,000 years prior to the 20th century very likely occurred between 950 and 1100, but temperatures were probably between 0.1 °C and 0.2 °C below the 1961 to 1990 mean and significantly below the level shown by instrumental data after 1980. Proxy records from different regions show peak warmth at different times during the Medieval Warm Period, indicating the heterogeneous nature of climate at the time.[11] Temperatures in some regions matched or exceeded recent temperatures in these regions, but globally the Medieval Warm Period was cooler than recent global temperatures.[8]

      The last sentence has been shown to be untrue from recent studies. The period was warmer than today and there was considerably less co2 in the air. Al Gore is a scam artist.

 
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