Category Archives: International

Coming Soon: A Massive Wind Farm to Power Kenya

Read the full story in Fast Company. There are some 700 million people in Africa without access to electricity. As the continent modernizes, those people will need power. But could African power be a perfect place for leapfrog technology–when a … Continue reading

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Student studies light pollution in Ottawa skies

Read the full story from CBC News. A Grade 8 student has spent months driving around Ottawa at night to measure levels of light pollution in the city. Stacy Glasburg, 13, started to document light levels in the city as … Continue reading

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UN releases blueprint for ‘green’ economic growth

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that it had drafted a blueprint for transitioning the world to a greener future while preserving – and potentially even accelerating – predicted economic growth.

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UK business crushes cars for charity

Watch the Reuters video. British start-up Giveacar raises money for charity by reselling or scrapping unwanted cars. Ruairidh Villar reports.

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Potty-trained pigs save money, ease pollution, test finds

Read the full story from Reuters. Taiwan has been experimenting with a simple solution to the perennial problems of pollution, smell and excessive water use on pig farms: train the pigs to use a toilet.

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West Africa’s toxic problem

Read the full story in Nature News. Researchers cruising off the western coast of Africa have confirmed the presence of mysteriously high levels of airborne toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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More U.K. Power Stations Burning Plant Matter to Cut Carbon Footprint

Read the full story in Environmental Protection. More plant matter could be burned in coal-fired power stations if this ‘green’ fuel was delivered pre-roasted like coffee beans, according to researchers from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

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'Trash is cash,' rap Kenyan kids [VIDEO]

Watch the video and read the full story at Grist. A rap about recycling? Why not? (With a surprisingly decent rap about organic dairy, anything’s possible.) recently held a contest for the best online short films celebrating global development. … Continue reading

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EPA and Peace Corps Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, Aaron Williams, announced a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate stronger institutional ties between the two organizations. The MOU will explore opportunities to collaborate … Continue reading

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The limits of complexity and capacity in climate policy: What can we learn from Britain?

Read the full post from the GHG Management Institute. In a wave of reorganization initiated by Her Majesty’s Treasury Spending Review, the British government has brought reform to the UK’s gleaming new climate program: the Carbon Reduction Commitment and Energy … Continue reading

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