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Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

COP17 in Durban South Africa Gets Underway

The COP 17 climate conference got underway today in Durban South Africa. Reminiscent of the hype surrounding the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen in 2009, many see the Durban conference as the last chance for continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which is due to expire next year . As global carbon emissions continue to spike upwards, many see…

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Imagination, hope, perseverance: The boy who harnessed the wind

Harnessing the Wind: The Boy Who Moved Windmills – The Story of William Kamkwamba

Malawi is a landlocked, poor, famine-stricken nation in southern Africa. Young William Kamkwamba and his family struggled for survival every day in a harsh environment. What little education was available in Kamkwamba’s village was soon beyond the reach of his family (costing $80 a year), and William was forced to drop out of high school shortly into his freshman year. But…

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Climate Change Accords, Tree Plantations & Human Rights

With organizations and representatives around the world gearing up for key international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen this December, the experience of industrial tree farming in South Africa highlights the perils and pitfalls associated with hammering out a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary and integrated accord.

Global Warming and the Spread of Disease

Westerners instinctively think that the worst effect of global warming is the melting ice cap of the North Pole. We tend to reserve the other effects of global warming for developing nations. But now that politicians also have woken up to the fact that we’re already halfway down the path toward causing a 2 degree rise in temperatures by injecting…

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Global Warming And The World Food Supply

The potential consequences of global warming on life as we now know it are many, but scientists studying agriculture in particular are among those expressing some of the greatest concern for what lay in store in a warming world. New research predicts that, due to rising global average temperatures, droughts and crop failures will become the standard in years to…

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African Cities’ Ecological Footprint Feared Far Worse Than Measured Thus Far

A new study reveals that the carbon footprints for African cities are rapidly deteriorating because their population is growing faster than cities elsewhere in the world. Yet the ecological impact of this development is almost completely ignored because it’s hardly being documented, according to the study’s author, Joy Clancy, a Dutch scientist. “One of the most important ecological changes in…

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