Future of Energy Industry

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Energy industry trends by Futurist conference keynote speaker Patrick Dixon. Oil, gas, coal, biofuels, geothermal, wind, wave, solar power generation. Energy prices, oil price forecasts and renewable energy growth. Green technology, energy savings, subsidies, regulations. Pollution and environment. Global warming, CO2 emissions, climate change, carbon trading, carbon capture and carbon taxes. Energy companies and power generation for rural areas, cities, nations. Smart grids, peak oil and energy capacity. Energy conservation, energy saving, air conditioning and heating systems. Future of real estate construction and improving energy efficiency. Oil companies, shipping, logistics, distribution. Sustainagility book on sustainable business and sustainability issues.

Lecture 31: Why planting trees wont save the world from global warming. Impact of deforestation on climate change. Protecting environment - conference keynote speaker

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        httpwww.globalchange.com Planting trees is not the answer to global warming -- much as I love trees. Trees fall over and die -- even if they live for 100 years and fix a ton of carbon dioxide into carbon (wood) as they grow. All the carbon is later released as carbon dioxide as the tree falls down and decays on the forest floor. The answer is to capture "old" carbon -- from burning oil, gas, coal, for example with carbon sequestration technology in chimneys of coal fired power stations. Vattenfall in Norway has such a system, capturing 90% of carbon emissions, which are sent back in a pipe under the North Sea for permanent storage. This power storage provides more than 50% of Norway compliance with the Kyoto treaty. Comment by Dr Patrick Dixon, futurist, leading authority on global trends and conference speaker.

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