The just below is an extended interview of one aired last night, 18 April 2013, on the PBS Newshour with the World Bank President on poverty around the planet.
April 18, 2013 - "If we have any hope of keeping climate change below two degrees celsius, the peak year of carbon emission has to be 2016," said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. "So the challenge is right in front of us."
Thursday on the NewsHour, Kim speaks with Jeffrey Brown about a new initiative to address extreme poverty around the world. In an extended conversation, Kim also addressed the urgency of climate change and how World Bank is working to combat its effects. He says they must increase financial resources for sustainable energy, use innovative agriculture and partner with major cities to reduce their carbon footprint. read more>>>
This is the part of the interview that was aired on the show.
17 April 2013 - Sales of green building materials are surging amidst the US construction sector rebound as consumers and developers become increasingly aware of the benefits brought by sustainability and efficiency measures.
Green Depot, a New York-based supplier of green construction materials, has seen business flourish since its humble beginnings in Brooklyn in the last decade. According to its owner, revenue is expected to rise by over 20 per cent this year to $12 million from $9.75 million in 2012. read more>>>
04/15/2013 - The Eagles' newest player is a real powerhouse.
The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year.
Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running.
More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95.
Those are the workhorses.
The eye candy is the 14 wind turbines atop the ends of the stadium -- meant to distract visiting kickers, one official joked. read more>>>
April 17, 2013 - Hartnell College and Chevron Energy Solutions announced today they have broken ground on a solar energy project that is expected to save the community college more than $11 million. The project will include over half a megawatt of solar PV generating capacity, and is expected to be completed and operational in July 2013. Combining the generation of renewable electricity from solar and improvements in energy efficiency, the project is expected to reduce Hartnell's electricity use at its Alisal Campus by more than 90 percent.
"This project will help Hartnell College advance a number of our goals, including achieving improved sustainability at all three campuses and setting an example we hope will resonate across the state," said College President Willard Clark Lewallen. "With many of our students looking to pursue careers in the emerging green economy, this project also serves as an extraordinary learning opportunity to perform project-based research." read more>>>
Utilities' plans to stop rooftop solar threaten public health, say group co-Chairs
Apr. 17, 2013 - A coalition of public health leaders and solar energy companies has formed CAUSE (Californians Against Utilities Stopping solar Energy) to combat monopoly utility efforts to kill rooftop solar. CAUSE is dedicated to maintaining a thriving solar industry in California, and to promoting the health and economic benefits that solar delivers to all Californians.
The state's investor-owned utilities—PG&E, SDG&E and SCE—are trying to end net energy metering (NEM), a successful policy in 43 states that gives consumers fair credit for the solar they deliver to the grid. In simple terms, it's like rollover minutes on your cell phone bill. The utilities have taken aim at net metering to keep customers from taking action that would save ratepayers and taxpayers money while protecting public health. read more>>>
04/17/13 - Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary by donating 100,000 solar lanterns to help some of the one billion people without access to electricity in developing countries across Asia and Africa by 2018. The company has already donated 3,000 lanterns to non-profit organizations in Myanmar and 5,000 lanterns to those in India over the last couple of months, and a refugee camp in Kenya is set to receive 2,000 lanterns in the coming weeks.
Over a billion of people living in developing countries across the world don’t have access to electricity. Many rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps for lighting, which emit hazardous fumes and generate 190 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. read more>>>
April 19, 2013 - South Africa is in the unique position to be a world leader in green industries. It may also help that we do not have that much choice in the matter; our economic future as a country depends to a large degree on how we reduce our carbon missions.
The planet needs to reduce its carbon emissions if it is mitigate the full negative consequences of climate change. It will do this through restricting carbon emissions or making such emission more expensive, either through a global agreement or through regional or national rules and penalties on high carbon use.
Thus far, the global deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol climate change of 1992 has been slow in coming as vested interests continue to block agreement. read more>>>
17.04.2013 - The Institute of Bankers in Ireland has introduced an MSc/Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Investment and Finance in recognition of the green economy as a key growth area for the country.
President of the IFSC John Bruton launched the programme, saying that the combination of a supportive institutional environment for fund management and Irish companies’ track record in developing innovative renewable projects made Ireland a centre of excellence for green finance. read more>>>