Energy Intensity

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The population of China stands at 1.338 billion people. The Chinese economy after the open policy of 1978 has experienced tremendous growth. The average GDP growth rate of China during the last decade was about 10.03%. The increase in growth of Urban China accounts for a greater portion of the overall growth, which has led… Keep reading →

Electronics Scrap Recycling At Aurubis

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger – CEO of MASISA México – makes the argument for the concept of a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and effectively restore much of the life-supporting biosphere for our generation and future generations as well. He advocates… Keep reading →

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

As states like Colorado decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the energy-intensive “indoor agriculture” could put sustained stress on power grids. “This is just a staggering amount of electricity,” says Bruce Bugbee,… Keep reading →


The energy-water nexus has been gaining traction around the globe, including serving as the theme to this year’s World Water Day, and now we are finally seeing some movement on Capitol Hill. In January, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced S. 1971, the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014, or… Keep reading →

Davos Forum Draws Occupy Protesters

The world’s business and economic policy elite are gathering once again in the mountains of Switzerland this month for the latest iteration of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, colloquially just known by the name of the town it gathers in: Davos. Following a run of self-congratulatory meetings in the years before the global financial… Keep reading →

Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise

A question that frequently surfaces in discussions about energy and environment is why we continue to use fossil fuels, rather than transition to cleaner energy sources, given the threats posed by climate change. According to Statoil chief economist Eirik Wærness, no one has identified a means of sustaining acceptable levels of economic growth without them.… Keep reading →