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More governments looking into alternative energy options: Expression of rising coherence in world consciousness
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 June 2011
Global Good News documents the positive trends of rising world consciousness resulting from the success of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in every area to create coherence and positivity in individual life and for the whole society.
This report features positive trends in the environment from May 2011, drawn from daily news reports around the world.
In May, more governments started to rethink their energy policies. They took a deeper, more thoughtful look at the pros and cons of using nuclear energy versus cleaner, sustainable options, such as wind and solar.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed proposals to shut down all of the country's 17 nuclear power plants within a decade. Earlier in the month the Chancellor outlined a plan to up the number of all-electric cars on Germany's roads. German is prepared to pay a billion Euros over the next two years to develop electric cars.
Norway said it wants governments and private investors to join a plan it calls Energy to promote renewable energies, such as solar or wind, in developing nations. Norway also welcomed Indonesia's decision to suspend new permits for logging on 64 million hectares (158.1 million acres) of land to slow deforestation.
The government of Switzerland decided against building more nuclear reactors.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged to boost renewable energy to at least 20 per cent of Japan's electricity supply by the 2020s. He also called for a review of Japan's energy policy, which relies heavily on nuclear power. The government wants solar panels on approximately 10 million roofs by 2030.
The United Nations is also actively supporting the use of renewable energy to combat climate change. The UN-backed report endorsing renewable energy was endorsed by governments.
A government-owned Chinese power company and First Solar Inc, a US maker of solar power equipment, plan to collaborate on solar projects.
The government of Bangladesh plans to set up 500 megawatts solar panel-based power installations in schools, colleges, and state-owned industries. The agriculture ministry will set up solar-based irrigation pumps.
In a project to underline the government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, South Korea has opened what it deems is the ultimate eco-friendly business centre, a construction that emits zero carbon and uses only renewable energy.
The United States government said it is buying 116 plug-in electric cars to improve fuel efficiency, and is installing 100 car-charging stations in five cities for government use. President Obama wants to put 1 million electric vehicles into service by 2015. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is funding Innovalight, which sells advanced solar cell process technology, as part of the government's SunShot initiative to reduce solar electricity installation cost by 75.'
Currently in London there are around 400 electric car-charging points in the city, but the plan is to increase to 1,300 points by 2013. London wants to be the worlds' most electric car-friendly city. Berlin, Germany; San Francisco, California, USA; and Paris, France are all in the running.
Global Good News Successes will continue to feature summaries of rising positive trends in many fields of life around the world, starting from May 2011 and continuing in the coming months.
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