Archive for November, 2011

These ominous predictions set the scene for the 17th round of UN climate talks, or ‘COP17’, due to open in Durban, South Africa, next week. The city itself sits under a thick cloud from its coal fired plants. Last year, South Africa’s public electricity company, ESKOM, received a huge loan from the World Bank to build one of the largest coal fired power plants in the world.

The World Bank is embedded in the financial architecture of climate change, and the inherent contradictions of South Africa’s energy policy in this vulnerable continent make it the ideal host for the contested COP17 talks.

The general feeling among people coming to Durban – official and non official – is that COP17 will not deliver anything significantly different from what came out of the ineffective negotiations last year in Cancún, Mexico.

Are Durban climate talks worth the bother? — New Internationalist.

flowers

Posted: November 21, 2011 in media

Kenya's flower industry shows budding improvement | Environment | The Guardian.

we have faith in desmond tutu

Posted: November 20, 2011 in advocation, media
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http://www.advocacyuganda.com/live/ – watch how media in uganda is being used for advocacy

 

These guys are good.  Shame the site is fully flash …

 

climate trash and carbon money — where do we find a balance?

A project is also being run in Uganda to disseminate efficient charcoal burning stoves on behalf of a business client. The project will transform the market by improving awareness amongst the population, establishing business capacity to manufacture and market the stoves, creating jobs in retail and after-sales service, and establishing quality assurance procedures which include careful monitoring of the usage and effectiveness of the new stoves.Ugandan deforestation

The project aims to install 20,000 stoves per year in the initial years, with the intention of increasing the sales figures in later years. Each stove will have an average lifespan of 3 years.

via Uganda efficient stoves :: project map :: Carbon Projects : Reducing Emissions : Low carbon technologies :: ClimateCare.

trash from food

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Global Trash
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Food waste

Biogas, a renewable substitute for natural gas, is generated by the breakdown of organic waste in an anaerobic digester (AD). Urban waste, including wastewater treatment plants, food waste from households and businesses, yard clippings and non-recyclable paper, will create biogas under the right conditions. (Manure from dairies, and sludge from wastewater treatment plants can also be used.) While many facilities in Europe produce biogas exclusively from food scraps, similar facilities in the US are just now being developed. Biogas can be used to generate electricity and with minimal treatment, can be substituted for traditional natural gas in power plants, homes, vehicles and businesses. The AD process also creates useful byproducts like pathogen-free fertilizer, animal bedding and compost.

via American Biogas Council.

is carbon trash in the air

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Global Trash
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“I think that this project is a really good example of a success story of the voluntary carbon market mechanism. In the first year of our improved cooking stove project here in Kampala we did not have access to carbon finance and the business model proved to be unsustainable, with just 3,000 stoves sold in the first 9 months. We began to look elsewhere for additional finance and were disappointed to find that we could not tap into the compliance market because the cooking stove technologies were not recognised. Through the voluntary market we were able to access the finance to tip the project so that it became viable. The carbon finance has allowed us to spend money on training staff, marketing and sales and credit facilities. This has meant that we are able to reach out to more customers and offer them an affordable product through the provision of micro-finance. We are now selling about 100 stoves a day and over 2007, we expect to generate over 20,000t of CO2 offsets.”

via Uganda efficient stoves :: project map :: Carbon Projects : Reducing Emissions : Low carbon technologies :: ClimateCare.

The industry, worth about $52 billion, is booming. In the U.S. we produce 250 million tons of trash each year – enough to cover the state of Texas…twice.

According to the show, the largest sanitation department in the world is in New York City, home to 8 million people and nearly 12,000 tons of garbage and 2,000 tons of recycling produced every day.

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via Trash Inc. Documents the Big Business of Trash – Earth911.com.