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On the Blogs: Researchers See Solar Capacity Reaching 490 Gigawatts This Year, Nearly Matching Nuclear

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Futurism.com:Solar energy has been on the rise, and based on new data from GTM Research, it could rival nuclear energy in terms of global capacity by the end of 2017.The data, which is available in the most recent edition of Global Solar Demand Monitor, indicates that solar power will reach a capacity of roughly 390 gigawatts this year. Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Nuclear Energy Institute suggest that the world is currently home to 391.5 gigawatts of nuclear plants.Solar growth is slowing slightly — following a massive jump from 50.3 gigawatts added in 2015 to 77.8 gigawatts added in 2016, 81.1 gigawatts will likely be added in 2017. However, GTM Research expects that growth will continue at a steady rate, with total global capacity reaching 871 gigawatts by 2022.Capacity is just one piece of the puzzle, though. Nuclear energy is still well ahead of solar in terms of electricity generated, outputting 2,476,671 gigawatt-hours compared to solar’s 375,000. That being said, the International Energy Agency projects that solar could feasibly become the world’s largest source of energy by 2050 due to its falling cost and increasing convenience.More: Report Suggests Solar Energy Capacity Will Rival Nuclear Power by the End of 2017 On the Blogs: Researchers See Solar Capacity Reaching 490 Gigawatts This Year, Nearly Matching Nuclearlast_img read more

WHO rejects ‘China-centric’ charge after Trump criticism

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first_imgTopics : “It was absolutely critical in the early part of this outbreak to have full access to everything possible, to get on the ground and work with the Chinese to understand this,” he told reporters.”This is what we did with every other hard-hit country like Spain and had nothing to do with China specifically.”Aylward, who led a WHO expert mission to China in February, defended WHO recommendations to keep borders open, saying that China had worked “very hard” to identify and detect early cases and their contacts and ensure they did not travel.”China worked very, hard very early on, once it understood what it was dealing with, to try and identify and detect all potential cases to make sure that they got tested to trace all the close contacts and make sure they were quarantined so they actually knew where the virus was, where the risk was,” he said.”Then they made it very clear that these people would not and could not travel within the country, let alone internationally,” he added.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been lavish in his praise of China from early in the outbreak, praising President Xi Jinping’s “rare leadership”.David Heymann, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who led WHO’s response to the 2003 SARS outbreak, said that any US funding cut would be a huge blow.”If the WHO loses its funding it cannot continue to do its work. It works on a shoe-string budget already,” Heymann said in London. “Of course it would be disastrous for the WHO to lose funding.”  World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was “China-centric” and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after US President Donald Trump said he may put contributions on hold.The United States is the top donor to the Geneva-based body which Trump said had issued bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak.US contributions to WHO in 2019 exceeded $400 million, almost double the 2nd largest country donor, according to figures from the US State Department. China contributed $44 million, it said.center_img “We are still in the acute phase of a pandemic so now is not the time to cut back on funding,” Dr Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, told a virtual briefing when asked about Trump’s remarks.Trump told a news conference on Tuesday that the United States was “going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” however, he appeared to backtrack later when in response to questions he said: “We’re going to look at it.”It was not immediately clear how Trump could “block” funding for the organization. Under US law, Congress, not the president, decides how federal funds are spent.Dr Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the WHO Director-General, also defended the U.N. agency’s relationship with China, saying its work with Beijing authorities was important to understand the outbreak which began in Wuhan in December.last_img read more

Siem Offshore gets two-year deal for two vessels in Brazil

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first_imgTo remind, the two vessels were awarded a one-year contract with two six-month options in Brazil back in August 2018. These contracts started in December od the same year. Siem Offshore said on Friday that the Siem Atlas and Siem Giant vessels have each been awarded a two-year contract with two yearly options. Offshore vessel provider Siem Offshore has been awarded contracts for two of its vessels by Total for operations in Brazil. Both vessels will start the contract in September 2020 in direct continuation of the present contract. center_img Later, in December 2019, the unnamed charterer exercised the first of two six-month options for each of the vessels. Both Siem Atlas and Siem Giant are platform supply vessels of an STX PSV 4700 design. They were built in 2013 and 2014, respectively.last_img read more