I'm currently engaged in a debate on Twitter with @Cornishview. His avatar doesn't reveal a gender, so I'm guessing here, but it does suggest that he understands the part that coal and the latent heat of vaporisation of water played in the beginning of the industrial revolution down here in not so sunny South West England. Cornishview says over on Twitter that:
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Sarah McLachlan thinks so. Sarah is a Canadian singer/songwriter, possibly most familiar in the popular imagination as the singer of the Oscar nominated Randy Newman song "When She Loved Me" from the soundtrack to the movie "Toy Story 2". Slightly less well known is Sarah's support for a variety of causes, one of which is geothermal energy. Here's a "music video" of her song "World on Fire" from the 2003 album "Afterglow" :
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The COP17 climate change conference in Durban finally finished on Sunday a day and a half late. According to the final press release it:
Delivered a breakthrough on the future of the international community's response to climate change, whilst recognizing the urgent need to raise their collective level of ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
The press release itemises the "breakthrough" decisions as follows:
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