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Weekend Highlights: November 21, 2014; Midweek Update: November 19, 2014; Vol.3, No.44, November 17, 2014

Weekend Highlights Posted. Get an inside look at Deep Sea Drilling

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(Left) The circumlunar satellite Chang'e-1 blasted off on a Long March3A carrier rocket at 6:05 p.m., Oct.24 from the No. 3 launching tower in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center of southwestern Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

(Right) The Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this beautiful view of Earth over the far side of the Moon on October 28, 2014.

China launched its first lunar probe on Wednesday, the first step into its ambitious three-stage moon mission, marking a new milestone in the country's space exploration history.

The circumlunar satellite Chang'e-1 blasted off on a Long March3A carrier rocket at 6:05 p.m. (10:05 GMT) from the No. 3 launch tower in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center of southwestern Sichuan Province.

While the U.S. has basically shut off the space program, China and Russia are continuing with their space expeditions

Hope those of you in the northern hemisphere are coping with cold weather descending on us. It does not seem like global warming now.                                              

A few weeks ago, Smart Energy Universe revamped the layout for articles in the Oil and Gas category and is grouping articles together in the following areas:

  • Pipelines
  • Exploration and Production
  • LNG/Shale
  • Financials/Operations

This has made it faster to locate articles in the area readers are looking for. We continue to receive positive responses on this change.

Similarly, the restructured Renewables and Smart Grid sections are presenting articles in specific sub-groups. This has made it useful convenient to our readers. Similarly, SEU is planning to restructure Utility News Category and rearrange news items appropriate to this Category. You will be informed soon when we make this change.

As before, this week’s edition of Smart Energy Universe features all our popular features:

This Week in Climate Change –Climate Change continues to make headlines. We are bringing some news items on Climate Change which may be of interest to our readers.

“Editor’s Choice” has the ‘Feature Articles’ highlighted in green to make them easy find. To read the articles click on the Spotlight or appropriate Category Button this will take you to the page with the Spotlight or Feature Articles. Be sure to read Editors Choice to catch up with the top happenings of the week.

SEU’s Smart Energy Virtual Townhall: Each week, SEU selects a news topic and asks our readers for their opinion. Please visit facebook.com/smartenergyuniverse to register your views and comments. Poll results of the last week’s SEU Question of the Week deals with the Question: “With the new Republican majority in both Houses of Congress, (a) Will the U.S. be able to approve Keystone Pipeline?; (b) Will the U.S. backoff on EPA proposal to limit power plant emissions?” (Spotlight)

SEU “Viewpoint”:This week’s ViewPoint deals with “Uniform Method Required to Calculate, Reduce and Offset Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, and gives SEU views on the topic.

There are many topics covered in the Spotlight articles. The most important one is U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement. It was heralded as a major breakthrough. But the Republicans in the U.S. Congress accused Obama for selling out to the Chinese.

Other news items involve (a) IEA’s World Energy Forecast ; (b) The LNG business in Papua New Guinea, and Oil Search portraying itself as the main major player despite the involvement of ExxonMobil; (c) a three part article on TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline, Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper, and the pending lawsuits- make it interesting reading, don’t miss them, (d) annual energy sector trends for 2015; (e) G20 countries subsidizing fossil fuel exploration by $88 Billion a year– despite pledge to eliminate subsidies; (f) Law Scholar criticizes U.S. Judge Kaplan for using “Judicial Slander” to undermine Ecuador Pollution case; (g) OpEd Article by Jérôme Ferrier, President, the International Gas Union (IGU); Mr. Ferrier lays out his case that natural gas is essential to combat climate change and achieve energy security, (h) President Obama asks FCC to Regulate Internet as Broadband Utility; Republicans Opposed –don’t miss this spotlight news item.

Of course, there are many more important news items. Don’t miss any of them. You can find them in Spotlight section or in “feature” articles in each category.

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change: President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a joint announcement of a Climate Deal in Beijing. Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. (Spotlight)

President Obama asks FCC to Regulate Internet as Broadband Utility; Republicans Opposed: As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers new rules for how to safeguard competition and user choice, we cannot take that principle of net neutrality for granted, said Obama. “Ensuring a free and open Internet is the only way we can preserve the Internet's power to connect our world. That's why I have laid out a plan to do it, and is asking the FCC to implement it,” said Obama. Republicans want the Internet left open unfettered by regulations. (Spotlight)

Gas Vital as World Searches for Climate Solutions, Cleaner Air and Energy Security: OpEd Article by Jérôme Ferrier, President, the International Gas Union (IGU). As the world turns its eyes to the milestone climate change accord between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping earlier this week, the pipeline between China and Russia, as well as the climate and energy package by the EU Council last month, it is clear that the vital issue of seeking ways to reduce CO2 and ensure energy security is taking center stage. The article brings focus on gas as a possible solution for energy security and emission control. (Spotlight)

MIT Energy and Climate Outlook 2014: Unless we change direction, the future world will be 3–5°C warmer, thirstier, still dependent on fossil fuels. (Spotlight)

Department of Defense Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan: In its sustainability plan DOD says its vision of sustainability for the Department of Defense (DoD) is to maintain the ability to operate into the future without decline—either in the mission or in the natural and man-made systems that support it. (Spotlight)

Law Scholar Criticizes U.S. Judge Kaplan for Using “Judicial Slander” to Undermine Ecuador Pollution Case: A prominent U.S. law scholar is criticizing a federal judge and Chevron for using tainted witness testimony and “international judicial slander” to illegally undermine efforts by Ecuadorian rainforest villagers to collect a $9.5 billion environmental judgment needed to clean up the extensive contamination of their ancestral lands. (Spotlight)

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