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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 12:01:24 AM EST
Wild fire in California make headlines.  The deepening catastrophe in Africa doesn't.  It's there.  It's real.  And it's going to get worse.

Even Europe's money can't stop climate change refugees: View

Africa is already severely affected by climate change. 80% of the potential 20 million hectares of rain-fed lowland rice are threatened by drought, a terrifying report by the Environmental Justice Foundation concluded.

"Sub-Saharan Africa faces the highest risk of changing weather patterns; the region is home to 17 of the 20 countries most economically reliant on agriculture and among the worst-placed countries to withstand repeated disruption to harvests. "



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 04:20:46 PM EST
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China is still on track to become the world's leading nuclear power - Energy Post

Is there a slowdown in the Chinese nuclear sector, as some observers have argued, ending nuclear power's "last hope for growth"? No, says François Morin, Director China of the World Nuclear Association. Nuclear has experienced a temporary setback but is still set for strong growth the coming years.  

Much speculation is made about nuclear power in China from the observation that no new construction authorizations have been delivered in 2016 and 2017. This is sometimes characterized as a "slowdown" in line with the rest of the world, giving reason to nuclear pessimists to announce the inexorable decline of nuclear power in the world. They say nuclear power has simply become too expensive, even for the state-owned enterprises in a country like China. But do the most recent facts corroborate such theory?

The National Energy Administration (NEA) issued a report on October 31 with detailed figures showing that electricity consumption, after a fall in 2015 (growth of just 0.5%) has fully recovered in 2016 and shown further growth in the first 9 months of 2017. Growth is now at 6.4%, equal to GDP growth itself.

by Bjinse on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 09:49:15 PM EST
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when you have a command economy and an enormous financial surplus, the cost/KW message is somewhat lost

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 10:07:10 PM EST
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The command economy expired about forty years ago. We're all "mixed" now, aren't we, to the extend anyone cares to deny slavish dependence on annual gov "budgets" and "industrial" policy.

Jobs saved or created.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 11:18:27 PM EST
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