Several months ago, I happened to see an NHK World's web-based documentary on a Japanese city called Kashiwa-no-ha (KNH) "Smart City" – an institutional collaborative initiative partnering municipal (Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa City), commercial/business, and educational (universities) entities1.
While that question hung over the last days of World War II, on December 2015 the world media definitely projected a cheerful resolution for the recent climate change negotiations there that "no", the ballyhooed Paris Agreement inked there should provide a new pathway to avoid such fate.
On occasion of a Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident book-release1 event organised by a well-educated, secluded community in the Santa Ynez Valley (California), I came upon the above three words during a book-signing.
Environmental advocates believe that in an ideal world wind, water, and solar technologies would provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels and Nations have discussed the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions for decades.
The global nuclear ‘enterprise’ is now three years (March 11, 2011) past the historic Tohoku earthquake (M9.0), subsequent tsunami (~14-15m waves), and unfortunately, the continuing consequences of the ‘Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) accident.
By virtue of its extended Exclusive Economic Zone, Malaysia has a maritime area, which is four times larger than its land mass.
Being surrounded by seas, Malaysia is naturally blessed in many ways. It is sits in a strategic location in one of the world’s most dynamic economic regions and along some of the world’s busiest shipping routes. Its maritime zones are also abundant with living and non-living maritime resources that are used by its population and contribute to its economy.
So, hence my interest to find answers and solutions on some of our key and pressing question(s):
What is the right time and right scale of energy transition management given the present world situation?
But let’s first agree on a fundamental principle – and that is: that all people have a fundamental right for energy.
According to BBC's report , a tiny country with 1500 of population in South Pacific called Tokelau claims that it will be the first country in the world to 100% meet its electricity need with solar power.
As India is experiencing rapid urbanisation, it faces a double challenge of managing ever-rising volumes of municipal solid waste (MSW) and securing electricity supply for its fast-growing urban population.
Fueled by rapid economic growth, a growing population with greater access to goods and services and higher electrification rates, Indian energy demand is projected to rise at over 5% a year over the next 25 years, based upon expectations of 8-10% growth in GDP#.
Nearing the one year anniversary (March 11, 2011) of the historic Tohoku earthquake (M9.0), subsequent tsunami (~14-15m waves), and unfortunately, the ongoing consequences of the ‘Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) accident’, allow me to take this opportunity to reflect upon the significance and relevance of this tragic loss-of-life and the importance of energy for economic development and the human condition in Asia-Pacific (AP).
“The future ain’t what it used to be!”
(seen on a bumper sticker)
Climate change is the only constant
The need to address the issue of climate change has become a matter of priority, and players in the shipping industry must stand up and be counted to play their part to reduce carbon emissions.