• Philippine President Aquino Must Take Action on Renewable Energy
    The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Three of the top 10 vulnerable Asian cities to sea-level rise are in the Philippines (http://www.cgdev.org/files/1422836_file_Future_Storm_Surge_Disasters_FINAL.pdf), and in 2011, the country had the highest mortality rates in climate-related disasters in the whole world (http://germanwatch.org/fr/download/7170.pdf). It is widely known that the global energy sector, which has widely depended upon highly polluting sources including coal, has been largely responsible for carbon emissions and human-made climate change. While highly industrialized nations have contributed to the bulk of emissions, developing countries such as the Philippines are the most impacted. At the local level, dirty energy sources such as coal-fired power plants are responsible for causing high levels of pollution and consuming large amounts of natural resources in the communities where they are located, causing health and environmental problems. It is imperative that we stop relying on dirty energy and begin looking at clean energy sources for the country's energy needs. During his campaign three years ago, President Aquino boldly declared his commitment to protect the environment and promote renewable energy sources. However, after completing half of his term, the reality does not mirror his promises. PROMISES * From his Social Contract with the Filipino People: President Aquino promised to go "from a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations." http://www.gov.ph/about/gov/exec/bsaiii/platform-of-government/ * From a press released issued by his office on 21 April 2010: "Through strict enforcement of existing environmental laws like the Clean Air, Water, and Solid Waste Acts, coupled with sound mechanisms to ensure compliance, an Aquino administration believes that the Philippines can become more climate-change adaptive." http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2010/0421_aquino2.asp * From his speech at the launch of the National Renewable Energy Program: "We want to pave the way for the maturity of our renewable energy sources such that we can provide predictable, affordable, and fair electricity pricing for each and every Filipino." http://www.gov.ph/2011/06/14/speech-of-president-aquino-at-the-launch-of-the-national-renewable-energy-program-june-14-2011/ REALITY * The Department of Energy (DOE) "has approved at least 16 coal projects nationwide...that far exceeds the aggregate number of coal projects approved by previous administrations." http://www.visayandailystar.com/2012/July/23/people.htm * These coal-fired power plant projects were approved with the full knowledge that power generation, the majority of which comes from highly polluting energy sources including coal and petroleum, contributes 41.8% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines. http://www2.doe.gov.ph/statistics/PhilippineEnergySituationer.htm * In spite of President Aquino's public commitment to promoting renewable energy, the DOE "has awarded 313 renewable energy service contracts but to this day, not one has been developed." http://opinion.inquirer.net/39652/aquinos-moral-imperative At his State of the Nation Address on 22 July 2013, Pres. Aquino demonstrated his support of dirty energy and lack of understanding of renewable energy. "We also want more power plants built in other parts of the Philippines...The [coal-fired power] plant in Redondo, Zambales, is a good example. A TRO was issued against the plant because of the argument that renewable energy is better. Did they happen to mention that renewable energy is also more expensive—from the cost of building the plants to the eventual price of energy? Did they mention that it cannot provide the baseload—the capacity required to make sure brownouts do not occur?" (http://www.gov.ph/2013/07/22/english-benigno-s-aquino-iii-fourth-state-of-the-nation-address-july-22-2013/) We know that 100% renewable energy is possible. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-path-to-sustainable-energy-by-2030 We want to let Pres. Aquino know there are scientifically sound solutions to bring 100% clean, indigenous, and nationalized energy to the Philippines. * Complementary RE mix * Energy storage facilities and smart grids (http://www.energyforall.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Workshop-on-Energy-Storage-Guide-to-Presentations.pdf) * Policy measures in energy efficiency and conservation * Applying new technologies to combined energy use We want Pres. Aquino to use these solutions to help avert the climate crisis in the Philippines and the world.
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  • التعامل السريع مع تسرب المازوت في شواطئ المكلا - Act to Clean Oil Spills in Al-Mukalla Sea
    فالكارثة، كما يقول المختصون، سيكون لها تأثير آني ومستقبلي كبير على البيئة والحياة البحرية وبخاصة والمازوت قد أنتشر وغطى مساحة كبيرة في مدينة المكلا وماجاورها. Source (Photos): http://hadhramouts.blogspot.com/ (مصدر الصور)
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  • Green Heart Mission T&T: As our first goal, let us recycle FULL HEARTEDLY.
    Recycling is of utmost importance because, if done properly, economy and the environment grow more quickly when grown together as illustrated below: 1-a) Smaller negative environmental impact with regards to: water(one of the major renewables) being polluted by landfills via batteries, mercury, lead and other hazardous chemicals from companies and agriculture. Proper methods of disposal in combination with recycling leads to a great creation of jobs and better health for the citizens; for example: more fishermen and women catch healthier fishes in a more widespread area, recycling hazardous waste prevents it from going into the landfill where it seeps into the ground and damages the local ecosystem and water supply. 1-b) Smaller negative environmental impact with regards to: the action of recycling substantially cuts back on logging and mining(e.g less raw materials required in producing glass) which are destructive to wildlife habitats. In turn illegal quarrying in our twin islands will be more easily curbed. 1-c) Smaller negative environmental impact with regards to: Straight out of the mouth of the National Recycling Coalition, “When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.” which means that importation costs will be significantly minimized. 2) Direct creation of jobs: statistics show that, AT LEAST, for every 1 job in waste management there could be 4 jobs in the recycling industry instead. 3) Much smaller carbon footprint AND energy usage during production of materials. For example: If a soda company has the resources to produce aluminum cans from recycled material it will reduce its energy consumption by approximately 95%. For plastic bottles, recycling saves the company up to 70% in energy usage. Aluminum can be efficiently recycled to 100% of the material if done properly! 4) Divestment from landfills in place of the above: with rising sea levels, the areas which are being landfilled will be the ones initially affected by the rising sea level...think future! 5) The more people recycle, the less companies have to spend to sell their products, and thus the less goods will cost. 6) Recycling encourages less littering which means a cleaner, more touristic T&T which in turn means more foreign currencies entering our twin islands. 7) If the country works together, meaning to say: government, leaders of different sectors, families, individuals, etc we truly do become one nation which is our motto...together we aspire, together we achieve. #GreenHeartMission
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  • Nederland neemt afscheid van kolencentrales
    De overheid mag niet doof zijn voor de publieke opinie en de meederheid in het parlement die vindt dat kolencentrales niet meer kunnen in deze tijd dat we de klimaatverandering al aan den lijve beginnen te voelen en investeren in kolencentrales als onderdeel van de energiemix contra productief is om de doelstellingen voor CO2 reductie te halen.
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  • Stop The Biggest Ever Atlantic Coast Pipeline/Dominion Transmission, Inc
    Stopping the pipeline is so important because of the negative impacts of lessons learned from citizens already affect in West Virginia near and around the Marcellus region. Safeguarding our properties as landowners, looking out for our health, keeping the air quality sufficient, soil uncontaminated and pure waters outweigh any significance advertised by construction of infrastructures.. Our farms are non-.industrialized and we want them to remain that way. Fossil fuel is not the way, but solar energy and wind is far more cleaner. Eminent domain should never be a route to take our land for a public purpose rather than a public use. Our framers of the constitution never intended that to happen. Dominion have already celebrated their overseas partnerships for exporting from Covepoint in Lusby , Maryland..
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  • #ClimateCatwalk
    Global leaders have been talking about climate change since the 1980's. Today we need action, not talk. The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris is our last chance to take meaningful, concerted action to preserve our planet for future generations. If the talks do not end with concrete change in the world's energy policies, we will be heading for a global catastrophe. Our message to the leaders of the world is "Keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a true transition to 100% sustainable energy by 2050." We want to let them know that we are watching and expect nothing short of this as a result of the Paris talks. We are asking our friends in the fashion industry to help raise awareness by joining together in a digital #ClimateCatwalk, symbolizing us all walking in the same direction towards a sustainable future.
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  • Against the use of explosives for mining in Pyankasa, Abuja
    Every time a bomb goes off, local residents are in shock. They think it is Boko Haram. Most of the houses are falling apart!
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  • Improve air quality in India.
    Deep breathing is the solution to many health problems as we inhale fresh and oxygen rich air. But is it true for our nation? Do we have fresh air especially in the cities which are congested, full of vehicles and industries? Air pollution in India is quite a serious issue with the major sources being fuelwood and biomass burning, fuel adulteration, vehicle emission and traffic congestion.Most Indian cities greatly exceed acceptable levels of suspended particulate matter. This may be because of refuse and biomass burning, vehicles, power plant emissions, industrial sources. Most Indian cities continue to violate India's and world air quality PM10 targets. Facts about Air Pollution in India India is the seventh most environmentally unsafe country in the world. Most of the industries do not stick to the environmental guidelines, regulations and laws. Pollution caused by burning fuelwood and biomass is one of the main causes of the Asian brown cloud. This cloud delays the monsoon in India. Many auto rickshaws and taxis in India use adulterated fuel. This is done to lower down the price but it is the environment and ultimately we who have to pay the price back. Some of the adulterants are actually very harmful to the environment as these emit unsafe pollutants which further deteriorate the quality of air. There are more than 40 different types of dangerous pollutants in the engine exhaust (diesel and gas). 70% of the air pollution is caused by vehicles. Burning of fossil fuel such as coal and diesel has reduced the growth of rice harvest in India. India is the third largest producer of coal in the world and at the top as far as CO2 emittance is considered. Causes Thermal Power plants. Fuel adulteration Some Indian taxis and auto-rickshaws run on adulterated fuel blends. Adulteration of gasoline and diesel with lower-priced fuels is common in India.Some adulterants increase emissions of harmful pollutants from vehicles, worsening urban air pollution. Traffic congestion Traffic congestion is severe in India's cities and towns. Traffic congestion is caused for several reasons, some of which are: increase in number of vehicles per kilometer of available road, a lack of intra-city divided-lane highways and intra-city expressways networks, lack of inter-city expressways, traffic accidents and chaos due to poor enforcement of traffic laws. Greenhouse gas emissions Health costs of air pollution Exposure to particulate matter for a long time can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and heart attacks. Making air better. (solutions) Proverb ‘Prevention is better than cure’ appropriately suits to this condition. Pollution must be prevented rather than letting it go and then dealing with it. Strict enforcement of rules. Heavy fines on violators . Making CNG mandatory mandatory. use solar energy Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.) . Public awareness should be raised and stringent measures should be taken to regulate the vehicular emission. We must use public transport wherever possible, use energy-efficient appliances. Plant more trees
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  • Shift our town away from dirty coal and toward renewables by 2017
    This is important because our current energy source, petroleum, is not sustainable and more importantly, it is causing climate change. 97% of all atmospheric scientists agree that climate change is correlated to carbon emissions. This is settled science, but it has become politicized, and that is why most people will not accept that this is happening. In 20 years, the next generation may not be able to see what a real snow year look like out west. We may not be able to farm out here anymore. Cities like LA or Las Vegas may not even exist anymore. This is important. It starts will small decisions now, like choosing to invest in renewable energy like wind a solar, that will help build a better future.
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  • Non aux sables bitumineux - Oléoduc Trans-Canada - ports pétroliers sur le fleuve St-Laurent.
    C'est important pour aider à réduire les gaz à effets de serres, assurer un avenir plus propre aux générations futures et protéger notre eau potable, nos milieux humides, la biodiversité de nos parcs, lacs, rivières et forets.
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  • Local Citizens for a Burnaby Without Big Oil
    Mayor Corrigan, it is your voice along with the elected mayors of BC who can stand for us in politics. Please mobilize city funds in a legal effort to stop this project motivated blindly by profits, a project which is effectively railroading itself through Burnaby. We turn to you to and your team to help us return governance of local soil, water, land and air back to the people. Thanks to D. Suzuki for helping to put this issue in context. "Corporations, especially those with head offices in some other part of the country or the world care little for the interests of local ecosystems or communities, except in so far as they interfere with the drive to maximize profit for shareholders. They have no obligation to protect local ecosystems or local communities. Their sole goal is to make as much money as they can get away with."
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  • Stop Subsidizing Greenhouse Gas Polluters
    We need to stop incentivizing actions that cause climate change period. We need to stop subsidizing behaviour that wastes natural resources such as fossil fuels, water, land, air, trees etc. We need to start incentivizing actions that will help us to begin to reverse climate change and conserve our natural resources.
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