"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the closing session late Friday. "We need to act decisively to change humanity's relationship with our planet."
"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN's World Forest Week: Forests habitats were home to an estimated 80% of global biodiversity. Report, "State of the World's Forests (SOFO) 2014, said that it was time for the sector to shift its focus from "trees to people". Forests are fundamental to the survival of forest dwellers, including indigenous people.
Forests' contributions ,direct and Indirect , to about 1.1% of the global economy. In employment terms, the formal sector provided 13.2 million jobs, while an estimated 41 million livelihoods were dependent on the informal sector.In 2011, it observed, about 10.9kg of edible non-wood forest products (NWFP) were consumed per capita globally.
As a fuel, it estimated that one-in-three of the world's population depended on woodfuel for cooking, while 764 million people used woodfuel for boiling drinking water.
Forests are also important providers of ecosystem services,For example, they help to deliver clean water by protecting water sheds and water courses.
Community solar garden was pioneered in Colorado. In India we can thrive on solar gardens . It is appealing to people who have no roof space, like renters and apartment owners, or homeowners with shady roofs.
Earlier in February, the state of California got a whole lot greener with the opening of Ivanpah, the world's largest solar thermal energy plant. The plant has a capacity to power 140,000 homes with clean energy through a system that focuses solar energy to create steam for powering turbines —although the massive solar field's reflective cells reportedly fried some birds flying overhead. This week, the Golden State will get even closer to its goal of sourcing a third of its power from renewable energy sources. Photo via Situated on 2,400 acres of desolate desert land somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, the world's largest fully-operational solar power plant has recently finished construction. With a maximum capacity of 290 megawatts, th...
Need to see more of it. God is great compensator. Birds have small brain but they can fly which humans cannot ! Deserts have no water, but they can be mines for renewable energy!
Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.
One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.
In India, China, Brazil and other emerging economies, wind power and solar PV can be cost-effective solutions to meet incremental demand. With proper investments, a flexible system can be built from the very start, in parallel with the deployment of variable renewables. Emerging economies really have an opportunity here. They can leap-frog to a 21st-century power system – and they should reap the benefits.
Currently, wind and solar PV account for just about 3 percent of world electricity generation, but a few countries already feature very high shares: In Italy, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Denmark, wind and solar PV accounted respectively from around 10 to more than 30 percent of electricity generation in 2012 on an annual basis.Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows.
First ever United Nations Environment Assembly, expected 1200 participants , 170 countries, 80 ministers and 40 events. Google search today showed only 62 news items, nothing from BBC, the Guardian, CNN.
A few more whacks of the ice axe in the firm snow, and we stood on top, stated Sir Edmund Hillary about his final climb - the first by mankind - to the top of the Everest, a feat accomplished exactly 61 years ago on May 29, 1953.
Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous. However, if we take an inner approach, rather than an outer one, and transform our individual selves into adopting the qualities we wish to see in the world, then the task at hand won't seem as daunting. In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves." In this article, the Positivity Blog's, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi's top ten fundamentals for changing the world.
Mahatma Gandhi did not only preached, he practiced….the difference between present day leaders and the real noble laureate.
Farmland Rainwater Harvesting Systems, which developed a ‘V-Wire injection well’ technology for runoff rainwater harvesting and recharge in Karnataka, won the ‘Innovations for Climate Protection’ award.
TERRE Policy Centre worked in partnership with Centre for Environmental Education and Times of India for the nomination and award institutionalized by Jindal Steel works.
Three decades of nuclear power, that feeds 19 percent of USA's energy. Nuclear Electricity is in the shadow of Three Miles Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. But it is in the lime-light of climate change . This fossil-fuel alternative still holds great allure for our goal of decarbonized world.
The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.
GHG emissions are outrunning our determination to tackle it, with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rising almost twice as fast in the first decade of this century as they did in the last decades of the 20th century. There is huge rush to use coal-fired power plants in developing countries , while rich countries are making only slow progress in cutting their historically high emissions,
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