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Links 1 through 10 of 13 by Troy Angrignon tagged environment

In recent studies, Lux Research predicted that the green buildings market will grow from a current $144 billion to $277 billion in 2020, and the Continental Automated Buildings Association forecast significant growth in the systems market, pegged at $20 billion in 2009, over the next five years.

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So what do top military experts say we should worry about? Here’s a top 10 list:

1. A severe energy crunch starting as soon as 2012.
2. Security problems made worse by climate change.
3. Petro-dollars being funneled to terrorist organisations.
4. Climate threats to military operations and facilities.
5. Insufficient incentives to ensure future energy security.
6. Mistaken assumptions about energy in the past.
7. The tendency to want 100 per cent certainty on energy and climate models.
8. An outdated electrical grid. The US’s ageing energy grid is “fragile,” “overtaxed” and “a threat to military capability,”
9. Energy price shocks. Since 1991, one presenter at the Johns Hopkins symposium pointed out, the consumer price index has increased by 59 per cent while energy costs have risen by 292 per cent.
10. Climate changes that are happening faster than predicted.

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The analysts determined that in the US in 2009, fuel consumption savings from new hybrids were about 5,500 barrels per day (BPD). But demand for oil in 2009 was about 19 million BPD. To call the savings that hybrids represent a drop in the bucket “is too generous,” the analysts write.

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