When approaching the electricity price analysis and projections there are several key factors to keep in mind. The main factors that influence the price of electricity to be considered are fuels, power plant costs, transmission, distribution system, weather conditions, and regulations. These are the main factors driving the electricity markets dominated by fossil fuels. But … Sigue leyendo It will get better!
If, as described by Kurt Vonnegut, the Second World War was “Western Civilization's second unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide," anthropogenic climate change would be the third one. On the other hand, it is a step up because what we are witnessing today is how Business as Usual is making this Western Civilization’s third attempt global. … Sigue leyendo Let’s stop the third attempt!
My life experiences led me to different professions. However, working as a fixer was probably the most intense one. It was an incredible source of learning and growth. During two years in Kosovo (1999-2001), I worked with many different war correspondents and media. Despite the danger and differences in our views, I was never left … Sigue leyendo Fixers, left behind
In his latest post ‘Who created the renewable-energy miracle?’, Paul Krugman writes that “there’s a really good case to be made that (US) government support for renewable energy created a cost miracle that might not have happened otherwise — and this cost miracle may be the key to saving us from utter climate catastrophe.” Although … Sigue leyendo Renewable energy is a value, not a cost miracle
“We are at risk of the curse of plenty, [the] curse of resources." The circumstances have played along whether this was Ashraf Ghani, the already ex-president of Afghanistan and a former World Bank economist, stating a self-fulfilling prophecy or presenting a rational socio-economic analysis. However, the ‘curse’ has not manifested itself in the form of … Sigue leyendo The Afghan ‘curse of plenty’, is global
“Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence," states Henry Kissinger in this interesting article. Inspired by the announcement of the computer program that would soon challenge international champions in the game Go, the former US secretary of state reflects on the challenges humanity faces amid the speed development of … Sigue leyendo Chance and change go hand in hand
There are many social, political, environmental, and economic reasons why the goal 'No poverty' stands first on the SDGs list. Any assessment of our global plans and strategies' future validity fails in the long term unless poverty gets taken out of the equation. The good news is that we are on the right path! During … Sigue leyendo SDG1: ‘A chain is only as strong as its weakest link’
“…the day is not far off when the Economic Problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and that the arena of the heart and head will be occupied, or re-occupied, by our real problems—the problems of life and of human relations . . .” These words were not written recently by any de-growth, … Sigue leyendo SDG8: Learning organizations help to think more about work than about money
Cities are responsible for 60 to 80% of the global GHG emissions (European Commission). However, if properly and sustainably managed, cities can provide a unique opportunity to reduce these emissions. The point of departure in this endeavor should acknowledge that nearly ¾ of GHG emissions are a direct consequence of the choices we make. Among … Sigue leyendo SDG11: Decentralization, digitalization, and symbiotic relationships
The ending scene from The Big Blue (Luc Besson’s movie from 1988) is profoundly carved into my memory and my senses. That deep circularity of its symbolism erases the duality between ending and beginning. It is a tribute to Poseidon, the ancient Greek god, ruler of the seas, who is often represented by a dolphin. … Sigue leyendo SDG14: The Big Blue Marble (never)ending story