China v US energy consumption

China’s energy use has more than doubled over the last decade to overtake the United States as the word’s biggest user, according to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency. As the data from the IEA shows, China has gone … Continue reading

China’s energy use has more than doubled over the last decade to overtake the United States as the word’s biggest user, according to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency.

As the data from the IEA shows, China has gone from using 1,107 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2000, to 2,131 Mtoe in 2008 and is estimated to have consumed 2,265 Mtoe in 2009.

Meanwhile, US energy consumption was only marginally higher in 2008 (at 2,281 Mtoe) than it was in 2000 (2,270 Mtoe), and will actually be shown to have fallen last year (to 2,169 Mtoe).

As Jonathan Watts writes is his news story from Beijing, this is a major turning point. The US has been the world’s biggest energy user since records began.

Energy use and carbon emissions in developed countries approximately leveled off over the past 35 years, where developed countries are defined as Europe, the U.S., the former Soviet Union, Japan, Canada, and Australia. The leveling of emissions from developed countries is in part a result of outsourcing of manufacturing to developing countries.

International trade affects global air pollution and transport by redistributing emissions related to production of goods and services and by potentially altering the total amount of global emissions. Here we analyze the trade influences by combining an economic-emission analysis on China’s bilateral trade and atmospheric chemical transport modeling. Our focused analysis on US air quality shows that Chinese air pollution related to production for exports contributes, at a maximum on a daily basis, 12–24% of sulfate pollution over the western United States. The US outsourcing of manufacturing to China might have reduced air quality in the western United States with an improvement in the east, due to the combined effects of changes in emissions and atmospheric transport.

The world’s richest countries are increasingly outsourcing their carbon pollution to China and other rising economies, according to a draft UN report.

Outsourcing of emissions comes in the form of electronic devices such as smartphones, cheap clothes and other goods manufactured in China and other rising economies but consumed in the US and Europe.

A draft of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by the Guardian, says emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases warming the planet grew twice as fast in the first decade of the 21st century as they did during the previous three decades.

Much of that rise was due to the burning of coal, the report says. And much of that coal was used to power factories in China and other rising economies that produce goods for US and European consumers, the draft adds.

Keywords: input–output analysis, emission control, international collaboration

oil prices plunge

Published on Dec 14, 2015 The Russian economy, which is heavily reliant on oil prices, is bearing the brunt of the low oil prices. For more on the falling oil and what it means for the Russian and Saudi economies … Continue reading

Published on Dec 14, 2015
The Russian economy, which is heavily reliant on oil prices, is bearing the brunt of the low oil prices. For more on the falling oil and what it means for the Russian and Saudi economies – RT is joined by Michael Klare, an expert on natural resources, and author of ‘Resource Wars, Blood and Oil’

the Islamic State

Published on Dec 11, 2015 Financing Terror: A look at the sophisticated and well-established civil service that funds My Jihad – Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYiV7… Young, Muslim And Targeted: Paris In A State Of Emergency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzUov… Inside The Heart Of The IS … Continue reading

Published on Dec 11, 2015

Financing Terror: A look at the sophisticated and well-established civil service that funds

My Jihad – Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYiV7…
Young, Muslim And Targeted: Paris In A State Of Emergency
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzUov…
Inside The Heart Of The IS Caliphate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OfS-…

Under The Dome

The Pollution Documentary China’s Government Doesn’t Want You To See [Stuff to Watch] On 13th March, 2015 Web Culture The film was watched more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours alone.Chinese authorities started removing the film from Chinese video … Continue reading

The Pollution Documentary China’s Government Doesn’t Want You To See [Stuff to Watch]

The film was watched more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours alone.Chinese authorities started removing the film from Chinese video hosting services, shortly before the full English translation landed on YouTube. A leaked directive from the Chinese government even orders the media not to report on the film. 

Under The Dome

Simply called Under The Dome — a reference to the cocoon of carcinogens that enshrines many of China’s largest urbanised environments — the documentary is the work of former China Central Television host and respected investigative reporter, Chai Jing.

The documentary was an entirely self-funded affair, and came to being once Chai discovered that her unborn child had a tumour (which was removed shortly after birth) — something she attributes to poor air quality. What follows is a brutally honest glimpse into how China is losing the war on pollution.


Merry Xmas

Love among neighbors is not that hard. Yet, In today’s world every human is the neighbor of ech of us and that seems to be beyond our capablity. Humans are social animals and it’s our natural instinct to be emphatic … Continue reading

Love among neighbors is not that hard. Yet, In today’s world every human is the neighbor of ech of us and that seems to be beyond our capablity.

Humans are social animals and it’s our natural instinct to be emphatic with others. It’s natural for us to bond by kinship. Unfortunately the same tribal instinct hampers our ability to recognize the essential and vital global brotherhood of man. We cling to nationality, religion, and many artificial walls we build around us that compromise our chances for long terms survival.

The deal in Paris includes an agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim of 1.5 degrees, and achieve climate ‘neutrality’ that will require phasing out fossil fuels soon after mid-century. That 2 degree pledge would require keeping 80% of the world’s remaining fossil fuels underground, a 1.5 degree target even more. Nonetheless, there is a disconnect between the formal pledge and actual commitments, Postponing phasing out fossil fuels til 2050 is in reality refusing to act. We should not blame our leaders but check how we live our lives, driving cars, living in big houses, buying and wasting cheap goods.

Nature does not play political games.

oil and gas in the Occupied Territories

‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog IN ALERTS 2014 POST 08 DECEMBER 2014 LAST UPDATED ON 09 DECEMBER 2014 Why the Guardian axed Nafeez Ahmed’s blog 4 DECEMBER 2014 Nafeez Ahmed’s account … Continue reading

‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Nafeez Ahmed’s account of the sudden termination of his short-lived contract to write an environment blog for the Guardian is depressingly instructive – and accords with my own experiences as a journalist at the paper.

– See more at: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-12-04/why-the-guardian-axed-nafeez-ahmeds-blog/#sthash.PUeiYY4H.dpuf

In July, as Israel began its massive assault on Gaza, Ahmed published a post revealing a plausible motivation – Gaza’s natural gas reserves – for Israel’s endless belligerence towards the enclave’s Hamas government. (The story had until then been confined to minor and academic publications, including my own contribution here.) Israel wanted to keep control over large gas reserves in Gaza’s waters so that it could deny Hamas a resource that would have bought it influence with other major players in the region, not least Egypt.

Israel’s defence minister has confirmed that military plans to ‘uproot Hamas’ are about dominating Gaza’s gas reserves
A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a home wrecked in an Israeli air raid on Beit Hanoun, Gaza
A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP

The middle income trap

The middle income trap is a theorized economic development situation, where a country which attains a certain income (due to given advantages) will get stuck at that level.[1]The concept was coined in 2007.[2] A country in the middle income trap will have lost their competitive edge in the exportation of manufactured goods because their wages […]

The middle income trap is a theorized economic development situation, where a country which attains a certain income (due to given advantages) will get stuck at that level.[1]The concept was coined in 2007.[2]

A country in the middle income trap will have lost their competitive edge in the exportation of manufactured goods because their wages are on a rising trend. However, they are unable to keep up with economically more developed economies in the high-value-added market. As a result, newly industrialised economies such as South Africa and Brazilhave not, for decades, left what the World Bank defines as the ‘middle-income range’ since their per capita gross national product has remained between $10,000 to $12,000 at constant (2011) prices.[1] They suffer from low investment, slow growth in the secondary industry, limited industrial diversification and poor labor market conditions.[3]

Lowi-Wilson theory

A heuristic for understanding the type of politics around any particular policy proposal
8/8/2015
Further Reading
An in-depth application of the Lowi-Wilson theory is given here with regards to the EU emissions trading scheme