What if we were actually on the right track to solve world hunger ? The UN FAO has published a report recently stating that there are 200 million hungry people less than in 1990, all this while global population increased.
What kills the most people in developping countries ? You might think about AIDS / HIV. Or malaria… No : it’s pollution, which killed no less than 8.4 million people in 2012. In comparison, AIDS “only” killed 1.5 million and malaria 600,000.
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 ” ?
To a recent study, global warming could cause a 50 percent increase in violent conflict. To another, a warming arctic could cost the world economy around $60 TRILLION.
To Climate Progress, Swiss researchers working with IBM ” have built a new solar dish, called the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system (HCPVT) that tackles the waste heat problem by using it to generate fresh water.” Yep, a solar installation that generates fresh water, thus solving two common problems faced in developing nations around the world.… Continue reading Solar electricity, A/C and water. All-in-one.
If I tell you “organized crime” you will most likely think about drug and weapons trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, extortion and so on. But as the Huffington Post Green reports : ” The United Nations Environment Program recently released an alarming report indicating organized crime is responsible for 50 to 90% of illegal logging in… Continue reading Organized crime is also behind deforestation
If you think climate change is a threat upon our future only, you should read what follows. Indeed, a to a recent study, climate change already costs 1.6 percent of global GDP or $1.2 trillion (900 billion euros) per annum. Worse, climate change already and fossil fuels kills up to five million people each year.… Continue reading Climate change is already here, costing billions
As the planet is warming and as more and more people can afford it, air conditioning is becoming more and more widespread. This wouldn’t be a problem if A/C weren’t emitting greenhouse gases. To the NY Times : ” The leading scientists have just calculated that if all the equipment entering the world market uses… Continue reading A/C may contribute significantly to global warming
The conference that took place in Rio de Janeiro last week was due to bring a new start to sustainable development. The original event which took place at the place twenty years ago and was a fiasco. Indeed out of the 90 goals outlined at the time, only FOUR have shown improvements. And despite we… Continue reading Rio20+ is another missed opportunity
To Cleantechies : ” Renewable energy investments in India increased by more than 52 percent in 2011, the fastest growth among major global economies, according to a new report.” “More than $10.3 billion was invested in renewable energy projects in India last year, with about $4.6 billion targeting wind energy projects and another $4.2 billion… Continue reading Indian cleantech sector is growing the fastest
I know, I am way late on this one. But here is my selection of most important tweets for December 2011. There are so many great articles there you have enough to read for the next weeks. This is why I keep on using Twitter. I believe it offers a good complement to this website.… Continue reading Wortth an article – my December 2011 tweets
What if we could in the same time slow down climate change, increase health and boost agriculture ? Is this too good to be true ? No, as to a NASA scientist we could do just that by focusing on both methane and soot (black carbon). Out of the 400 ideas that were studied, these… Continue reading 14 simple ways to fight climate change