Reporting (Put water centre stage, says UN report) on SciDev.Net 12 March 2009, Naomi Antony writes
Unless water occupies a more central role in decisions regarding crises such...
Earth ForumLast Updated on 2010-04-23 00:00:00About the Earth Forum
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Energy for All?Last Updated on 2010-04-16 00:00:00Energy for All
On SciDev.Net on 14 April 2010, Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian offer an Opinion article, titled "Energy for all — a joined-up approach". They believe " . . . energy access is the missing Millennium Development Goal that will end the ppoverty trap."
After inspecting the Opinion article, let us know your views on the prospects for more equitable and balanced access to energy resources, worldwide. Comment below.
Image: About 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass such as wood for fuel. Source: flickr/United Nations.
Universal access to energy services is technically possible, but new approaches are needed, say Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian.
About 1.5 billion people in the developing world do not have access to electricity and about 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass, such as wood,... More »
Key to Climate PolicyLast Updated on 2009-12-07 00:00:00
Development key to climate policy
B. Sudhakara Reddy (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research) in Mumbai and Gaudenz B. Assenza (Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic) offer an Opinion on SciDev.Net on December 2, 2009. They say:
Developing countries need ‘green’ development, not emission cuts, to fight climate change,
Also, see: Climate change – a developing country perspective. Current Science. 97, 50–62 (2009)
Developing countries have limited capacity to use new technologies. Many suffer widespread disease and malnutrition, have weak health systems, and poor access to safe water and sanitation.
Resources spent on cutting emissions alone could be better spent on environmentally friendly development that reduces peoples’ vulnerability to poverty.
This would enhance the ability of... More »
Satellite-based TechnologyLast Updated on 2009-11-13 00:00:00SciDev.Net has published a Spotlight on how satellite remote sensing can provide crucial data to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and relieve the impacts of natural disasters.
The Spotlight explores how developing countries can access and make use of these data. Also, it considers what policymakers must do to prepare.
The Spotlight provides a series of articles and commentaries written by international experts that:
explain how satellite data can be used to monitor and manage different natural disasters;
reflect on lessons learnt from successful applications in the developing world;
ask how developing countries can harness this technology for themselves; and
provide advice to policymakers on the ground.
The International Day of Climate Action: October 24Last Updated on 2009-10-22 09:49:40350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand. It is coordinating a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009: The International Day of Climate Action.
Its mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
Its focus is on the number 350--as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number--it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. To tackle climate change we need to move quickly, and we need to act in unison—and 2009 will be an absolutely crucial year.
This December, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to craft a new global treaty on... More »
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