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The week in links

May 23rd, 2012

A selection of reports that have come my way this week:

…The head of the International Energy Agency warns that “The chance of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius this century is getting slimmer and slimmer”:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/05/16/energy-summit-iea-idINDEE84F0F120120516

…An announcement of the new book “A Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters”, by Mark Henderson:

http://geekmanifesto.wordpress.com/about/

…A campaign by Avaaz (directed at the recent G8 summit) to publicise the $1 trillion of public money worldwide currently subsidising the fossil fuel industry:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/a_new_plan_to_save_the_planet/?cl=1809464540&v=14364

…A web chat about the Desertec foundation, aiming to build links between Europe and North Africa to provide access to North Africa’s solar energy resources:

http://gu.com/p/37k99/tw

…A post on Carbon Commentary – “Food versus fuel: a debate that has only one possible conclusion”:

http://www.carboncommentary.com/2012/05/17/2354

…A post from ‘Think Progress’ on Jonathan Koomey’s new book, Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs, which is said to offer a concise, compelling analysis of why innovative entrepreneurial approaches are needed in order to limit global climate change, and to improve the quality of life while doing so.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/22/487823/cold-cash-cool-climate-innovation-solve-climate-crisis/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

…And finally – for those who like their gloom laid on with a trowel – an article from ‘Scientific American’: “Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=apocalypse-soon-has-civilization-passed-the-environmental-point-of-no-return

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