Why tackling food waste is so critical

Wasted food is a serious problem around the world as to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, ” Each year, 30 percent of global food production is lost after harvest or wasted in shops, households and catering services.”

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Developping countries leapfrogging to renewables

There are still over a billion and half people without electricity. What if developping nations of Asia, Latin America and Africa went directly from ” no reliable electricity ” to “ electricity from renewables only ” ?

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Japan farmers produce crops and solar energy

I have written previously that farmers around the world are due to be a key component to the transition to a more sustainable future. Another example of this comes from Japan. According to Eco Business : ” Japanese farmers have found a way to reactivate a declining farming culture through the solar sharing programme, which … Read more

Conservation goes forward in Indonesia

According to the Guardian a million hectares – 10,000 square kilometers – of rainforests in Indonesia should be conserved thanks to plans by Asian Pulp and Paper, one of the world’s biggest paper companies. While this sounds nice, green groups such as Greenpeace said it won’t stop loggers from deforesting the area. An explanation of this is that the company didn’t … Read more

China to close hundreds of coal mines

Chinese coal mines to closeGood news for China and the entire planet : As Reuters reports,China will close 1,725 small-scale mines with a total capacity of 117.48 million tonnes in 2014 as part of its programme to phase out low-quality coal production “

This is done to increase the efficiency and the safety of the sector as well as cut the tremendous air pollution in Beijing and many others cities. This is taking place as coal demand is increasing in a much slower way than ten years ago.

To data published by Greenpeace, the Chinese coal consumption has gone from increases of 19.2 and 17.5 percent in 2003 and 2004 to an increase of less than three percent in the previous years.

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India’s guide to the energy transition

We have seen many times over that the world can be powered by renewable energy sources by 2050.  WWF India has released late last year a report showing how the world’s largest democracy could do the same. As RenewEconomy states, this report also stresses the vital importance of energy efficiency, which ” can bring in … Read more

South Korea confirms its 2020 climate targets

According to RTCC : ”  South Korea remains on course to meet its target of a 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (…) It says the total reduction in climate warming greenhouse gases will be equivalent to 233 million tonnes. “ ” Specifically, the country plans transportation emission cuts of 34.3%, 26.9% in … Read more

Climate change dries up lakes in China and California

If you think climate change is a threat only to a distant future, please read on. In California, the situation is critical as to the Weather Channel : ” California’s reservoirs are severely depleted due to the ongoing widespread drought conditions “ ” As of Jan. 21, 2014, 67 percent of California was in extreme drought, … Read more

India is building the world’s largest solar plant

According to Business Insider, India is building the world’s largest solar plant in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan. The project is due to deliver 4,000 MW of capacity for a price of 280 billion rupee ($4.4 billion, 3.2 billion euros). Current installed capacity in India is at 2,000 MW. By 2022, 22 GW, or eleven times … Read more

Extreme poverty is decreasing

According to Courrier International, the rate of people living under extreme poverty  – less than $1.25 a day – has been halved in the past two decades. This spectacular progress can be partly explained by the impressive economic growth in Asia. As an example, Bangladesh – which for many years had the title of world’s … Read more

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