Sunday, November 17, 2013

Will Two Enemies Unite?

An article published by CNN describes how Japan can assist in solving China's air pollution problem. At first, it seemed odd to me that Japan was willing to help China, seeing that tension between the two countries is still somewhat high, but the reason was exposed in the article. The simple truth is that the Chinese industry's pollution goes straight to Japan and now the island has air pollution problems of its own. The Japanese have many factories on the Chinese mainland that are incredibly clean in what they emit because the island nation had a major air pollution problem of its own in the sixties and seventies that they managed to solve. The Chinese have had some advisers from Tokyo come to Beijing and hear their advise, but whether or not the Chinese will go through with it will be an interesting story to follow.

What happens next in this area will be interesting to observe, seeing what the history between the two giants has been like.

To read the article click here

China's Road to a Green Future

An article published by PeakOil.com (to view click here) focuses on legislature in China and how it influences carbon emissions in the developing giant that is China. The article also goes into details on the current state of managing carbon emissions and what the nation's future plans are.

Primarily the article describes a few pilot programs that will allow the nation to gradually decrease and control the amount of carbon dioxide released by manufacturing plants. Because the program is only an experiment, it is only put in place in a handful of second tier (medium sized) cities. The article states that even though the pilot program may prove to be effective for most manufacturing plants, the major steel and aluminium plants may be a larger challenge.

In sum, the article claims that it is a good thing that China has started working on controlling carbon dioxide, however the pilot program will not begin having an impact on the environment until 2025, the predicted year the program will be implemented nationwide.

Monday, November 11, 2013

India: If breathing is important to you, then watch out!

If I were to say the word "India," what would you think of? Perhaps you would think of it as a historically rich nation, or a modern, rapidly developing nation with the second highest population in the world. Currently, because India is rapidly industrializing, the nation has a multitude of environmental problems, one of which is poor air being so bad, that it is a leading cause of cancer. In the last five years the WHO set up many tests to determine just how bad the pollution was major cities in India. The results were worrying to say the least.
The WHO determined that 20% of all lung cancer was caused by the air pollution. Currently while scientists insist on developing legal systems for decreasing the amount of pollutants released from the factories, the government does not seem to be taking a concrete stance on the issue.

To read the article click here

The Oil Giant's History

The site Peakoil.com has a particularly informative article on Russian oil. The article first describes the history of oil extraction in the country starting in the late 1960s. After showing a few graphs, tables and maps, the author goes into describing how the process of oil extraction is becoming more and more difficult for the Russian Federation.
What I liked about the site is the amount of specifics, especially in the current day problems with oil in the country. The author had a lot to say and had many graphs to support his points.

To read the article click here

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What will the future be like?

Published by wolfatthedoor.org, this article analyzes how different countries across the globe would survive in a post-oil world. The author selects twenty countries of different stages of development, located in different regions of the world, and takes statistics of the amount of arable land, electricity usage, fossil fuel usage, as well as renewable resource usage in the given countries. In addition to the different statistics, the author also evaluates the governments of the individual countries and how they would handle a world with a lack of oil.
At the end of the article, there is a table where the author gives every country a number of points based on information from the previous tables. The country with the highest number of points is the country that ends up handling "peak oil" the best.
Even though every aspect of the article is highly hypothetical and the structure is almost like that of a board game, it does have an interesting approach to the issue and depicts the findings in a manner that is clear and easy to understand.

To read the article, go here

France turns a blind eye to a significant issue

A call  for the French presidential candidates to act on the issue of peak oil went seemingly unnoticed by the general public of France. Signing the letter were environmentalists, economists and oil consultants alike begging that the French presidential candidates acknowledge the issue, however no definite steps were taken yet by the French government.
The letter describes the current status oil in the world as finite. This means that the process of extraction will at first grow, and then quickly fall. As a result, these experts believe that the world will be at a lack of oil in the very near future. They ask that their government look further into the issue because they claim that the lack of oil will bring tremendous negative changes to all aspects of life as we know it. These people are describing the effect that the lack of oil will have plainly and directly in a constructive manner. If you are unfamiliar with the peak oil phenomenon, or you simply want to read a well written  letter depicting the issue, I would recommend reading it.

The article can be found here