Transforming Global Energy

This week’s climate conference in Paris is one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in history.

Obama, Chinese Premier Xi, and even Putin appear aligned on the need to take action to tackle climate change now.  Can you believe it? I’ve been in China on a bad smog day and it’s not nice. The air has taste.

But I do have some sympathy with Indian Prime Minister Modi:

Climate change is not of our making” he said today, “It is the result of global warming that came from the prosperity and progress of an industrial age powered by fossil fuel.”

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If you want a taste of Cuba – I thoroughly recommend you watch this.

Make yourself a cup of tea, put your headphones on, and be transported to one of the greatest countries in the world.

Through its representative offices in Havana, Travelwelcome and InCloud9 currently provides the bespoke services of a specialist Cuban ground handler which works with other specialist travel companies around the world to assist with tailor made trips in Cuba for their clients.

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Although Obama has struck a political deal to bring this wonderful country in from the cold, and Kerry announced to the world both countries will “stop being the prisoners of history”, the US embargo and travel restrictions are still in place.

In spite of this many American travellers have realised now is the time to go.

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Tech Boom Cuba

The Internet in Cuba is bloody awful. I know from personal experience. But it is better than it was a week ago, a month ago and a year ago. At least Cubans still actually talk to each other because emails are an unaffordable luxury for most, at least for the time being.

Perhaps this is why Cubans have speed texting down to a fine art. Seriously fast. No emails, just texts. The Cuba cell network is brilliant and Cuba-to-Cuba phone and text are as good as anywhere else on earth, especially in the cities.

Less than five percent of Cubans have Internet access. A big leap from a short while ago. Some hotels have free Wifi now and some hotels will sell you Wifi cards. But at $10-$20 an hour it’s damn expensive for a slow, shitty connection that keeps dropping out. Not very good then for streaming the latest episode of Downton or CSI. In fact impossible. I did actually manage to watch BBC One last week for two minutes until it buffered out.

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