This program of The World Bank's Praxis Discussion series focuses on the role of energy in international development. Experts discuss the best policies for implementing renewable energy systems, and explore how a clean, reliable source of energy can do more than just light a home.
Dr. Mark Diesendorf
Mark Diesendorf teaches Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He was formerly Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Technology, Sydney and a principal research scientist with CSIRO where he was involved in early research on integrating wind power into electricity grids.
Diesendorf currently serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals. His most recent book is Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy.
Ian Gerrard is the current editor of the Australian foreign affairs magazine The Diplomat.
Tendai Gregan is an energy specialist for the World Bank.
Jack Whelan is currently COO at Environment Business Australia (EBA), a coalition of companies representing the interests of the environment industry and "cleantech" sector, and Head of Private Sector Engagement with the Brisbane-based Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC).
Dr. Mark Diesendorf, professor of environmental studies at the University of New South Wales, supports providing renewable energy to rural villages. As companies continue to encroach on local populations, he says, a sustainable source of energy allows them to reclaim independence and stand up to external pressures.
Dr. Mark Diesendorf argues that while he hopes to see carbon capture technology available eventually, it currently isn’t a practical solution. He adds that in addition to being impractical, it serves to siphon funds away from other, more viable, energy solutions.
CCS works, we have been doing it in the EnCana Weyburn (Saskatchewan Canada) oilfield since 2000 using CO2 pipeliofit to aned in from a coal gasification plant in Beulah North Dakota (USA) built in 1984. The injected CO2 helps improve oil recovery rates. A post combustion carbon capture plant will soon be under construction in Estevan Saskatchewan as a retrn existing coal fired power station. The fact that CO2 has become so valuable to the oil production industry in Saskatchewan and North Dakota has been the most important factor in the development of CCS technology.
When watching this video and him mentioning how coconut oil could be used as a form of bio-mass energy, it got me thinking about what other natural products can be used. I found this article that's pretty interesting and I thought I'd share: http://www.thetakeaway.org/stories/2...we-use-energy/
If I am listening this kind of optimism from such a high level executive institution, how am I going to ask from a scientific community to find a solution and to innovate in such a global reference issue?
Is really the question for how we can gather back to Earth CO2 emissions? Or how we can help the forests doing this by natural way for example?
Timing modeling projections with these two alternatives would be so difficult to project the right decision? We need more political will on this?
NASA has made such a progress to space weathering, we have so much detail data for Mars that is suffering from CO2 , we have so much good monitoring environmental systems for our Earth, and so many breathtaking good scientists, and the World Bank came to this point conclusion?
You expecting me to believe that the today G8 climate agreement which (very right) using the temperature index as target to be accomplished is in alignment with the official World Bank to this kind of optimism expression?
If we have always to take a consideration in a narrow minded approaches, we will always going to view oil companies and consumption societies as enemies, but here in this information explosion world, we have all the modeling projections to seat down and open the solution fields from so many various disciplines and alternative scientific fields, to promote and agree in a sustainable climate protection plan.
Forgive me for the tone of this message, but this is it, as it is in such a reality we are living right now.