A liter of light, an update

Back to  2011 I wrote about Isang Litrong Liwanag, a Filipino iniative to bring light to people living in the slums of Manila. Years laters, the project has grown, found partners and is expanding globally.

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Pope Francis to urge a billion Catholics to act on climate

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, is due to call over a billion Catholics to act on climate. Ahead of the Paris Climate talks later this year, this is a big move that may even more tilt the balance on action.

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Death, devastation and climate discussions

Death and devastation in the Philippines Today’s two main topics are closely related, and this albeit they are taking place thousands of kilometers apart. The first one is of course the Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda that left death and devastation in its wake in the Philippines.

To CNN, the Guardian and many other sources, at least 10,000 people have perished. As I write these lines, hundreds of thousands people are now seeking food, water and refuge in the Philippines.

The UN World Food Programme states that at least 4.5 million people have been affected. Haiyan is reported to be likely the largest storm to ever hit land. Until the next…

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Late June – early July selection of news

Climate change newsDuring my two weeks away in Southern France I didn’t read much news except the ones I had on the Facebook pages of I love climate scientists and 350.org. This allowed me to find some quite interesting stuff.

Each article below could have been the topic of a full post here, but given the fact that I switched for the summer to three articles per week, this is not going to happen. I hope you will like this selection nonetheless.

This selection allows us to travel all around the world and are only good news. More and more countries are becoming serious about climate change. Finally !

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Isang Litrong Liwanag : The solar bottle

While reading the tweets of the people I follow, one from Andrew Revkin got my attention : “ H. sapiens, innovator: Solar “light bulbs” from water-filled soda bottles brighten tin-roofed slums.  “

This was how I got introduced to Isang Litrong Liwanag ( “A Liter of Light” ), one of the most brilliant ideas I came across while writing for this blog. The tweet was followed by a link to a Youtube video  – watch it below.

This is so great CleanTechnica  and Ecopreneurist wrote about it and the project got featured on Reuters (see below as well for another video).

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Down with coal ! 12 inspiring stories

Coal is the environmental enemy #1. It releases huge amounts of CO2 into our atmosphere and pollutes our soil and water. So when Grist writes on how 12 communities around the world stopped the expansion of coal I had to share.

This happens as ” According to 2010 projections by the EIA, coal consumption in the non-OECD world will increase by 23 quadrillion BTUs between 2007 and 2020. That’s roughly the equivalent of (…) a thousand coal-fired generators.

The 12 examples taken from the article are from Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Australia, Colombia and the Philippines.

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64,096 trees planted in 15 minutes in Philippines

According to an AFP article : Philippine environmentalists have set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously, kickstarting an enormous reforesteration programme, organisers said Thursday.

Nearly 7,000 people helped in the mass planting of saplings in denuded forest and grassland in the eastern province of Camrines Sur on Wednesday, said Mara Joneil Cordova, spokeswoman for El Verde (The Green) project.

“We had 64,096 trees planted in 15 minutes. This was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records that everything was accurate and correct,” Cordova told AFP.”

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