IPCC: Renewables to Supply 70%-85% of Electricity by 2050 to Avoid Worst Impacts of Climate Change

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The United Nations confronts a future with “the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage.”

Among the proposed changes: up to 97 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Among the proposed changes: up to 97 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require extreme changes, including markedly increasing the percentage of electricity from renewables by mid-century, according to a Sunday report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report, commissioned as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, presents a stark portrait of the future unless the world undertakes “rapid, fair-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” in the next decade or so — changes that thus far have been difficult for decision-makers to agree on. Continue reading “IPCC: Renewables to Supply 70%-85% of Electricity by 2050 to Avoid Worst Impacts of Climate Change”

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The 2018 economics Nobel shows we can’t discuss economics without considering climate change

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By Nathaniel Keohane

Senior vice president for climate at Environmental Defense Fund

When William Nordhaus won the Nobel prize in economics earlier this month, it ratified climate change into mainstream economics. His pioneering work integrating climate change into models of economic growth has provided a roadmap for a future where the world’s economic health is directly linked to its environmental one.

Bill was my teacher and colleague. His intellect and writing were so sharp that having him participate in our environmental economics seminars was like having Elvis show up to choir practice.

Continue reading “The 2018 economics Nobel shows we can’t discuss economics without considering climate change”

Common weed killer linked to bee deaths

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Date: September 24, 2018

Source:University of Texas at Austin

Summary: Honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Scientists believe this is evidence that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of honey bees and native bees around the world.

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Glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of bees around the world.
Credit: © marina_foteeva / Fotolia

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Lac Hong Vien, the largest cemetery in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

VietNamNet Bridge – Lac Hong Vien, the largest cemetery in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, is located on nine hills, with nine natural streams. It looks like a giant swimming turtle.

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The park cemetery is very near Highway 6, about 50 km from the center of Hanoi and 20km from Hoa Binh City. This cemetery covers nine hills of nearly 100 hectares in Ky Son district, Hoa Binh province. Continue reading “Lac Hong Vien, the largest cemetery in Vietnam and Southeast Asia”

Did You Know – The First Cars Were Electric? Những chiếc ô tô đầu tiên là xe điện – Lịch sử xe điện

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Timeline: History of the Electric Car

1832-1839
Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

1835
American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle — a small locomotive.

1859
French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery’s ability to supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles. Continue reading “Did You Know – The First Cars Were Electric? Những chiếc ô tô đầu tiên là xe điện – Lịch sử xe điện”

Cận cảnh ô tô điện “made in Việt Nam”

Ô tô điện của người đàn ông ở Sài Gòn chế tạo có cửa mở ra như siêu xe, ghế ngồi ngả ra như 1 chiếc giường…

Cận cảnh ô tô điện made in Việt Nam của người đàn ông học đến lớp 9 - Ảnh 1.

Ông Trần Minh Tâm (56 tuổi) ngụ huyện Củ Chi, TP HCM chỉ học đến lớp 9 nhưng bằng sự mày mò, học hỏi đã chế tạo thành công chiếc ô tô điện.

Cận cảnh ô tô điện made in Việt Nam của người đàn ông học đến lớp 9 - Ảnh 2.

Chiếc ô tô có thiết kế với chiều dài 3 m, cao 1,62 m, rộng 1,4 m, khoảng sáng gầm 23 cm, có 4 chỗ ngồi rộng rãi.

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Governments and Philanthropies Announce South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership

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Today the Government of Canada’s Department of Environment and Climate Change, the French Development Agency (AFD), Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and global philanthropies announced the beginning of a new collaboration at the One Planet Summit in New York to accelerate the energy transition in partnership with countries in South East Asia.

South East Asian countries can ensure continued economic growth and prosperity, keep pace with the related growth in energy demand, and meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) toward the Paris Agreement. The fall in the cost of renewable energy, the untapped renewable energy potential in South East Asia, and the lessons learned from increasing renewable energy penetration globally presents an opportunity for South East Asian countries to accelerate the energy transition and meet their Paris commitments. Continue reading “Governments and Philanthropies Announce South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership”

How to create powerful citizens: students learn how to demand transparency in public procurement

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Fighting Corruption: The Next Generation

What happens when you take a group of young people and give them a taste of citizen power?

The answer: Lots!

“So, you want us to become snitches?!”

That was one of the first reactions we got, in response to our idea.

Our plan was this: run a training lab to make a group of young people aware of their power as citizens.

The aim? To get them to understand the role they can play in making public procurement more transparent. A big ask? Perhaps. But our experience has shown that it can be done, and with positive results that could help shape the future.

The Power of Youth

Engaged citizens!

In the fight against corruption, young people represent the future.

Our setting was Madonie, in the province of Palermo, Sicily. The area has an ageing, shrinking population. That means it’s even more important to convince students of the importance of exercising their power as citizens.

With a group of 13 students, it’s true to say that we didn’t really know what to expect. But with a bit of creative thinking they all got on board and really surprised us.

A Hard Topic for Students?

Ok, ok, so public procurement is clearly not what teenagers spend most of their time thinking about!

Continue reading “How to create powerful citizens: students learn how to demand transparency in public procurement”

Canada strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

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Canadian lawmakers vote unanimously to revoke symbolic honour from Myanmar leader over her handling of Rohingya crisis.

The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

SUNGROW POWER Bye, bye, coal.

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.

Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being flooded with groundwater. The China Daily reports that the farm started generating electricity earlier this week.

The 40-megawatt power plant consists of 120,000 solar panels covering an area of more than 160 American football fields. The $45-million investment could help power 15,000 homes. Here’s a drone tour of the solar farm, set to electronic music:

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Tăng thuế bảo vệ môi trường với xăng lên khung cao nhất 4.000 đồng/lít

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 Ủy ban Thường vụ Quốc hội biểu quyết thông qua nghị quyết tăng thuế bảo vệ môi trường với các mặt hàng xăng dầu. Thuế môi trường với xăng dự kiến tăng lên 4.000 đồng/lít từ 2019.

Chiều nay 20/9, Uỷ ban Thường vụ Quốc hội đã thảo luận và biểu quyết thông qua dự thảo Nghị quyết về biểu thuế bảo vệ môi trường. Thuế môi trường đối với xăng được tăng kịch trần lên mức 4.000 đồng/lít (mức cũ là 3.000 đồng/lít). Continue reading “Tăng thuế bảo vệ môi trường với xăng lên khung cao nhất 4.000 đồng/lít”

Vietnam’s vaccine champion

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September 24, 2018 by Katie Regan

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Dr. Le Van Be, director of the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, is driven by a childhood encounter with rabies to improve the health outcomes of the people of Vietnam. Photo: PATH/Hai Trinh.

Dr. Le Van Be, director of the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals, believes in the power of vaccines. And he is committed to seeing locally made influenza vaccine become a reality. Continue reading “Vietnam’s vaccine champion”

Tương lai việc làm Việt Nam: Khai thác xu hướng lớn cho sự phát triển thịnh vượng hơn

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Lực lượng lao động gồm 50 triệu người của Việt Nam
đang là nền tảng làm nên thành công kinh tế cho đất
nước. Quá trình chuyển đổi sang lĩnh vực dịch vụ, chế
tạo/chế biến, cùng với năng suất lao động ấn tượng và
mức lương tăng dẫn tới tỉ lệ nghèo giảm mạnh và tốc
độ tăng trưởng kinh tế ấn tượng trong vòng mấy thập
kỷ qua. Tỉ lệ có việc làm cao, trong khi tỉ lệ thất nghiệp
thấp theo tiêu chuẩn thế giới.

Thách thức về việc làm là làm sao tạo được những
việc làm có chất lượng hơn và bao phủ hơn. Những
nhà máy khang trang của nước ngoài trả lương công
nhân cao hơn mức lương tối thiểu, kèm theo các chế
độ phúc lợi xã hội, nhiều nhất cũng chỉ tạo được 2,1
triệu việc làm. Doanh nghiệp trong nước có đăng ký
kinh doanh cung cấp không quá 6 triệu việc làm nữa.
Trong khi đó, 38 triệu việc làm ở Việt Nam nằm ở
các hộ nông nghiệp, hộ kinh doanh cá thể hay việc
làm thuê không hợp đồng. Những loại hình việc làm
truyền thống này thường có đặc trưng năng suất thấp,
lợi nhuận thấp, thu nhập ít ỏi và không có nhiều chế
độ bảo vệ người lao động. Dù đây là con đường để
thoát nghèo nhưng sẽ không phải là phương cách để
đạt đến vị thế tầng lớp trung lưu mà người dân Việt
Nam mong muốn. Người dân tộc thiểu số, phụ nữ và
lao động phổ thông phân bổ rải rác trong nhóm những
việc làm này.
Continue reading “Tương lai việc làm Việt Nam: Khai thác xu hướng lớn cho sự phát triển thịnh vượng hơn”

Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam

Visitors to Camn Thanh in round bottom boats operated by locals as part of their community-based tourism. Credit: HanoiTV.vn

By Tran Thuy Binh

Can Thanh, Vietnam, September 17, 2018

Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen. “Yet I need seaweed.”

When seaweed dies it floats on the water. But due to high demand locals pick the seaweed while it is still alive, walking over and often breaking parts of the coral reef. While the harvest season traditionally starts in May, Nguyen and other locals collect earlier. “People from other communes come and if we do not harvest they will collect it all,” said Nguyen. Continue reading “Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam”

A Damaged Delta – Mekong Delta

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A young girl helps her family from the Khmer community collect snails during low-tide in Southern Soc Trang Province. These mangroves were destroyed completely by bombing during the Vietnam War but over the last 25 years were able to grow back naturally, finally being protected and expanded by Government initiatives. Now, over 20 families come to the beach daily to collect snails and other fish that returned with the healthy mangrove eco-system.

By Luke Duggleby

Mekong Delta, September 17, 2018

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most at-risk areas from the effects of climate change, posing challenges both for its environment and population in years to come. Continue reading “A Damaged Delta – Mekong Delta”