• Make the EBRD a renewable development bank.
    The climate is changing before our eyes. Almost every government in the world has agreed that any warming above a 2°C (3.6°F) rise would be unsafe, risking catastrophic feedback cycles and a planet potentially incompatible with human civilization. If we are are to keep climate change below 2°, we must keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves under ground. Yet fossil fuel companies continue to develop existing reserves at an alarming rate, while spending billions of dollars of public money each year to find more fossil fuels. If we continue along this trajectory, the world is on track to burn five times as much fossil fuel as is considered "safe" by conservative estimates. It's time for public financial institutions such as the EBRD, to end their support for fossil fuel extraction and development. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard recently called on the EBRD, EIB, and the World Bank -- which have a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion -- to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews.
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  • Foot paths and Bicycle Tracks shoud be mandatory for urban roads
    The last mile mobility should not be by Fossil Fuel powered vehicles. The rate of growth of cars and 2 wheelers powered by petroleum products is contributing to the dangerous raise of green house gases and fast raise of global temperatures. More immediate effect is urban heat Islands that is making life in cities unbearable during summer months. So a shit to pedal power and walking is to be encouraged by design of the roads.
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  • BBC news reporting should feature a regular climate change report
    The BBC has a responsibility to licence fee payers to report items of interest to the general public. Arguably, the single most important newsworthy item both now, and into the foreseeable future, is global warming and climate change. Now, more than ever, national -- and international -- education on the facts of human-induced climate change is ever more relevant for informed debate on action. The BBC is perfectly placed to take a leadership role in this important area. Featuring a climate change report in the BBC's standard programming schedule would be immensely useful in counteracting the ongoing, and very damaging, effects of myths and misinformation.
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  • Stop LNG Exports in Oregon!
    Without fracking there would not be enough gas to export. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that pollutes and uses huge amounts of drinking water, compromises public health, and threatens agriculture. This type of gas extraction is bitterly opposed by communities across the country. Liquefied natural gas is also extremely dangerous to transport, because it is highly volatile. An accident at either of the proposed Oregon terminals could easily wipe out large portions of the North Bend, Coos Bay, and Warrenton communities. Close to 17,000 people live in the hazard zones of concern for the Coos Bay project alone. Residents up to a mile away could receive second degree burns within 30 seconds if an LNG pool-fire were to develop. The proposed facility is in sight of the town's mall, schools, and commercial airport. These risks become even more frightening given the high probability of a major earthquake and tsunami in this region over the next 50 years. The proposed terminals would be fed by a series of pipelines that would cross hundreds of fish-bearing rivers and streams, public and private lands, acres of pristine forest, and many Oregon towns. Landowners will have their property taken by eminent domain, receiving a one time payment while assuming the continued devaluation and risk. These LNG export terminals would do nothing to lower energy prices, while threatening North Bend, Coos Bay, and Warrenton residents with increased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This means increased respiratory and other health problems, especially for "at risk" children and elders. The terminals would compromise local industries, like farming, fishing, and tourism while deeply impacting unique coastal ecosystems, including a federally protected estuary. Export of LNG is no future for Oregon. We want a better vision!
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  • 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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  • Start a Carbon Tax in New York State
    As President Obama said, "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations". Being only eleven years old, climate is not just upsetting, it is scary. Rising sea levels, devastating storms, severe droughts, these are all caused by climate. It is our duty to protect humanity and we cannot sit by and do nothing knowing that not one child on this planet will have a safe and healthy future if we do not make drastic moves to stop climate change. Carbon taxes work, and right now, we have no time to think about every possible downside. Something must be done, because this planet is being destroyed, and we refuse give up. Every day, I think about my future. I will do everything within my power to save humanity, but we can't do it alone. The fact that most adults will not be around for the true apocalypse does not matter. No matter what world leaders do, we won't give up. Every politician in the world could sit at their desk all day and ignore us, but we won't give up. There is no other option for humanity other than fighting and staying strong. We can do it, but we need all the help we can get.
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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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  • #Salve.o.Rio.Doce.Salve.Vidas.Mariana.MG.Brasil
    Ha inumeros e potenciais sinais de catastrofes naturais envolvendo a má gestao, corrupcao, e descaso do poder publico em nosso País. Escolha a regiao e tenha uma visao mais critica da realidade que vivemos. Do Césio-137 a Maria-MG, sao exemplos isolados, mas de repercussao internacional, e nos colocam no cenario incertezas. Precisamos de maior adesao, RE-formar nossa pratica, exigir politicas e politicos mais preparados e menos corruptos para lidar com interesses do povo.
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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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