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The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE): Building Domestic and International Partnerships for the Success of Renewable Energy

by Jodie Roussel

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington DC, was founded in 2001 as a unifying forum dedicated to bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of American's economy and lifestyle. In 2005 we celebrated our 240th member organization, and we look forward to continued growth and contribution to renewable energy in America.

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The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership: Redefining "Natural" Resources

by Marianne Moscosco-Osterkorn

Energy security is an issue facing almost every country in the world, whether developed or developing.  If clean, sustainable energy is to become part of the energy mix, and if the impoverished are to get the energy services they need, the finance and business communities need to feel more confident in backing renewable energy.  Marianne Osterkorn, International Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), believes that regulatory and legal frameworks can help provide this confidence.

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Avian Influenza: Challenges for the Global Science Policy Community

by Jutta Kern

with expert contribution on
The Avian Flu by Canice Nolan

People are reminded of SARS, BSE, and foot-and-mouth disease when seeing Avian Influenza hitting the headlines of media from the New York Times, to Time Magazine, the National Geographic, and Business Week. Even Foreign Affairs is covered with articles on "The next pandemic." President Bush made news when he announced an "International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza" at the UN summit in New York in September 2005.

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The "Building of Tomorrow": Challenges of a Research Program

by Michael Paula and Hannes Bauer  

The "Austrian program on technologies for sustainable development" (at:sd) was able to address crucial questions in designing a "Building of Tomorrow" through various research and technological development projects: The program stimulated and supported approximately 200 projects. Researchers and companies responded to the challenges and developed basic and applied research projects which demonstrated the possibility of achieving highly energy efficient "passive buildings."

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Service is Our Ambition: Austria is Taking Over the Chair of the European Union

by Christian Seiser

January 1, 2006, is just a few days away. The closer we get to the takeoff of the Austrian EU Presidency, the more we are focusing our ambitions on service. The term "ambition" is potentially ambiguous, but EU rhetoric is fond of glossing things over, at the risk of sometimes missing the link to real life. Austria's goal when holding the chair of the EU for six months is not a saving-the-planet sort of ambition. It's simply - Service.

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