We see developments in technology which a few years ago were considered to be science fiction. The power of computing has accelerated by the factor 2 a year which leads to unimaginable exponential growth. A striking example I heard recently is that of a supercomputer built by the American government in 1996. It was the world's fastest supercomputer and cost $ 55 mio. Nine years later another computer reached the same speed, but cost only $ 500. This was Sony's PlayStation 3. -- Maroš Šefčovič, Bundesverbandes der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Congress 2016, 8 June 2016Posted by Isabelle le 2016-06-26
Change is happening before our eyes at an alarming pace. It is up to us to take action before it is too late. But addressing climate change is not only about saving our planet. It is also about saving ourselves from poverty, unemployment, war, and oppression. Why? Because the rise in temperatures creates an entire range of effects; from floods to heatwaves and wildfires; from new diseases and health hazards to draughts and food shortage, from extinction of animals to entire populations fleeing their territories in search of liveable conditions. We cannot simply watch this happen. Vice-President Šefčovič, 1 July 2015, World Summit of Climate and TerritoriesPosted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
I believe a society is not measured only by its most successful researchers and entrepreneurs. A society is also measured by its ability to care for its weakest and most vulnerable. And that is why all throughout our efforts to grow the economy, transform our technologies, and smarten our systems - we must constantly stop, look back and see if anyone was left behind. (…) If over 10% of European households cannot afford to heat their homes properly, we must do more. If pensioners have to sleep in the kitchen, because this is the only warm place in the house; if children cannot do their homework because their family was disconnected from electricity, or if people fall sick or die early because they cannot heat or cool their homes, then our efforts clearly have not been enough. Vice-President Šefčovič, Launch Event Task Force on Energy Poverty, 26 January 2016Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
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