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De-Growth Conference April 29 – May 2nd

April 6th, 2010 | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Fred Stanback for this information.

De-Growth conference. April 29 – May 2nd

The evidence is overwhelming that unlimited industrial growth is no longer possible.

Our challenge now is to find ways to shrink the overall size of the economy without creating unemployment and poverty.

Please join us and a panel of some of the world’s leading experts in a dialog that will pave the way to creating a new framework in understanding.

April 29th – May 2nd Vancouver will be hosting the first ever de-growth conference in North America.
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New Research on Population and Climate: The Impact of Demographic Change on Carbon Emissions April 8

April 5th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the announcement of this program, which you can attend online or in person.

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of

New Research on Population and Climate: The Impact of Demographic Change on Carbon Emissions

Brian O’Neill, Scientist, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Program Leader, Population and Climate Change Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Thursday, April 8, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
5th floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 USA Webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org
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Data Highlights on Solar Energy

April 4th, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Lester Brown for the article below.

To see an interview of Lester Brown by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute, see http://www.postcarbon.org/video/83004-post-carbon-exchange-1-richard-heinberg In this premier Post Carbon Exchange, Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg talks with Lester Brown, Founder of the Earth Policy Institute, about hopeful developments in alternative energy, as well as the importance of Brown’s updated path toward a sustainable future, “Plan B 4.0″.

Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. The sun is an enormous reservoir of energy; in fact, the sunlight reaching Earth in just one hour is enough to power the global economy for a whole year. Harnessing some of this energy is an essential component of Earth Policy Institute’s carbon cutting plan, as presented in Chapter 5 of Plan B 4.0. Here are some highlights from the accompanying data on three types of solar energy: solar photovoltaics (PVs), concentrated solar thermal power (CSP), and solar water and space heating.

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On Rooftops Worldwide, A Solar Water Heating Revolution

April 3rd, 2010 | 2 Comments

Thanks to Lester Brown for this book byte.

The harnessing of solar energy is expanding on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, as government incentives for harnessing solar energy expand, and as these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise. One solar technology that is really beginning to take off is the use of solar thermal collectors to convert sunlight into heat that can be used to warm both water and space.

China, for example, is now home to 27 million rooftop solar water heaters. With nearly 4,000 Chinese companies manufacturing these devices, this relatively simple low-cost technology has leapfrogged into villages that do not yet have electricity. For as little as $200, villagers can have a rooftop solar collector installed and take their first hot shower. This technology is sweeping China like wildfire, already approaching market saturation in some communities. Beijing plans to boost the current 114 million square meters of rooftop solar collectors for heating water to 300 million by 2020.

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“Thirst of Life” Wins Listeners’ Acclaims

April 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

PMC’s program in Vietnam, Khat Vong Song (“The Desire of Life”) also known as “Thirst of Life”, was featured on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark http://www.ambhanoi.um.dk

On 19 March 2010, a meeting between Voice of Vietnam (VOV)’s listeners, the programmers and actors of Thirst of Life, one of the most popular programmes on VOV, was organized. The programme has been supported by the Embassy of Denmark with technical assistance from UNFPA.

Production and broadcast of the serialized radio drama designed towards positive behavioural change based on the partnership between Danida and UNFPA is going to finalize airing of its 104 episodes. The drama tells stories of unfortunate lives, domestic violence, gender inequality, and the characters’ extraordinary efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. A meeting between active listeners, programmers and actors was organised in Hanoi on 19 March to exchange their experience and opinions about the drama and its impacts.
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Viet Nam Radio Drama Helps Reduce Stigma Related to HIV

April 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

PMC’s project in Vietnam, Khat Vong Song (“The Desire of Life”), was featured on the UNFPA website.

As the first national radio soap opera that focused on changing the behaviour of young people in Viet Nam drew to a close, producers shared some of the 2,000 letters sent in by listeners, who testified to the impact the show had on their lives. For instance, one woman wrote:

I got married when I was 19. Some months after the marriage, I found out my husband was a drug addict. Two years later, I gave birth. My husband died when my child was a year old. It was only then, that I realized he had died from AIDS and had infected me with HIV. Very soon after, my child drowned, and this made me go crazy. I did not want to live. However, thanks to my family and the commune Women’s Union’s care and encouragement, I started to receive antiretroviral treatment, and my life changed.

I hope Desire of Life helps other people who are suffering from either HIV or domestic violence to overcome their difficulties and live a healthy life.
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Wind Power Soared Past 150,000 Megawatts In 2009

April 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Lester Brown for this article.

Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts. With this 31 percent jump, the global wind fleet is now large enough to satisfy the residential electricity needs of 250 million people. Wind provides electricity in over 70 countries, 17 of which now have at least 1,000 megawatts installed.

China led the way in 2009 with an astonishing 13,000 megawatts of new wind capacity, the first time any country has built more than 10,000 megawatts in a single year. With 25,000 megawatts overall, China has doubled its total installed wind capacity in each of the last five years, bringing it into third place behind the United States and Germany. And considering the ambitious projects already in its development pipeline, it is not likely to stay in third place for long.

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Wind Energy Versus Population Growth

April 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

Andrew Ferguson’s paper below reminds us that continued population growth can outpace any attempt at increasing renewable energy.

Wind Energy Versus Population Growth (Word doc., 39 KB)

Wind Energy Taking off Worldwide

April 2nd, 2010 | Add a Comment

Thanks to Doug La Follette for this article.

The Global Wind Energy Council, a trade group, estimates that wind power capacity grew by 31 percent worldwide in 2009, with 37.5 additional gigawatts installed.

The Global Wind Energy Council, a trade association based in Brussels, estimates that wind power capacity grew by 31 percent worldwide in 2009, with 37.5 additional gigawatts installed, bringing global wind power capacity to 157.9 gigawatts.

China accounted for a third of the new capacity, and the Chinese market experienced more than 100 percent growth.

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Great Video on the Endangered Species Condoms

April 1st, 2010 | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Dave Gardner for this link to his amusing video about the Center for Biological Diversity’s endangered species condoms. Dave deserves an award for courage. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc

Also, see Dave’s blog about the giveaway: http://growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom

After you see the video, you will enjoy reading Bonnie Erbé’s commentary on it, below. Thanks to Sarah Burns for the link.

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