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Hans De Keulenaer

Sectoral Approaches in Electricity : Building Bridges to a Safe Climate « RFF... - 2 views

  • Electricity accounts for more than 40 % of global energy-related CO2 emissions. This issue is most pressing for developing countries where growth in power demand is particularly high, fueling the risk of irreversible investment in CO2-intensive capacity, the so-called “carbon lock-in”.

    Sectoral Approaches in Electricity – Building Bridges to a Safe Climate shows how the international climate policy framework could effectively support a transition towards low-CO2 electricity systems in developing countries. Sectoral approaches are intended to address sectors that require urgent actions, without waiting for countries to take nation-wide commitments.

Arabica Robusta

Resist/Submit: Biofuels, corporate agriculture and the predicted crisis of land and food - 1 views

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    "It is wrong to burn the food of the poor to drive the cars of the rich."
Arabica Robusta

Pambazuka - Profits before people: The great African liquidation sale - 0 views

  • So what do the world’s great investors have their eyes on in Africa, in addition to the usual natural resources – minerals, petroleum and timber – that they’ve always coveted? In a word, land. Lots of it. The land-grabbing 'investors' are purchasing or leasing large chunks of African land to produce food crops or agrofuels or both, or just scooping up farmland as an investment,
    • Arabica Robusta
       
      Biofuels are not sustainable energy. They do not protect food resources.
  • At the moment, the grabbing of Africa’s land is shrouded in secrecy and proceeding at an unprecedented rate, spurred on by the global food and financial crises. GRAIN, a non-profit organisation that supports farm families in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems, works daily to try to keep up with the deals on its farmlandgrab.org website.[vi]
  • Apart from the African governments and chiefs who are happily and quietly selling or leasing the land right out from under their own citizens, those who are promoting the new wave of rapacious investment include the World Bank, its International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and many other powerful nations and institutions. The US Millennium Challenge Corporation is helping to reform new land ownership laws – privatising land – in some of its member countries. The imported idea that user rights are not sufficient, that land must be privately owned, will efface traditional approaches to land use in Africa, and make the selling off of Africa even easier. GRAIN notes the complicity of African elites and says some African 'barons' are also snapping up land.
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  • another big plan is buffeting Africa’s farmers. It’s the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which claims it is working in smallholder farmers’ interests by 'catalysing' a Green Revolution in Africa. Green Revolution Number Two.
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    "it was all summed up clearly for me by members of COPAGEN, a coalition of African farmer associations, scientists, civil society groups and activists who work to protect Africa's genetic heritage, farmer rights, and their sovereignty over their land, seeds and food. All these knowledgeable people have shown me that the answer is quite straightforward: many of those imported mistakes, disguised as solutions for Africa, are very, very profitable. At least for those who design and make them."
Hans De Keulenaer

South Asia - 'CLIMATE SMART' WORLD WITHIN REACH, SAYS WORLD BANK - 0 views

  • If developed countries act now, a ‘climate-smart’ world is feasible, and the costs for getting there will be high but still manageable, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy sources to help tackle the problem of climate change.
Hans De Keulenaer

The Colombo Times - Sri lankan's Unbiased Online Daily: Develop a New Approach to ENERG... - 0 views

  • It is no longer sufficient to think of energy usage as being driven by economic development. The time has come to begin assessing the role of energy versus other inputs as a means of stimulating development.
Arabica Robusta

The European Civil Society Round-Up: Food security as key: New biofuels report - 0 views

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    a new study released by the Common Fund for Commodities at an international forum on biofuels held recently in Kuala Lumpur. "Fundamentally, there is a link between poverty reduction and biofuels sector development that can be promoted," said Ambassador Ali Mchumo, the managing director of the Common Fund in Amsterdam.
Arabica Robusta

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Brazil president defends biofuels - 0 views

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    Food prices were going up, he said, because people in developing countries like China, India and Brazil itself were simply eating more as their economic conditions improved.
Arabica Robusta

African NGOs call for moratorium on biofuels - 0 views

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    Replacing 'old food' (fossil fuels) with 'new food' as resource for overheated industry is not an answer to human sustainability.
Hans De Keulenaer

The New Times - Rwandas First Daily :: Issue 13546 :: 261 health centres to receive ele... - 0 views

  • The Government this week unveiled a plan to supply power to more than 261 health centres.

    The Euro 36.5m (about Frw27.4b) project was presented before development partners this week. Most of the targeted health centres are based in rural areas.

Hans De Keulenaer

YouTube - National Geographic Feature on PlayPump Water Systems - 0 views

  • National Geographic visits a PlayPump water system. See how the power of play can bring water to the world. Video courtesy of National Geographic.
Hans De Keulenaer

Energy Outlook | The Context of Efficiency - 0 views

  • Here's a nice example of the vital distinction between consumption and efficiency. If I told you that a company was about to introduce a new car model that was expected to average 56 miles per gallon, and that it was going to be so cheap that nearly anyone could afford one, that would sound like great news, wouldn't it? Perhaps it depends on the context in which that car is introduced, and our assumptions about what it will displace. The car in question is Tata Motors' eagerly-awaited "1-Lakh" car--referring to its 100,000 Rupees price equating to $2546 at yesterday's exchange rate--and the target market is millions of Indians who haven't been able to afford a car yet. Even at an expected efficiency of 56 mpg, though, the Nano, to give its proper name, will create incremental consumption of petroleum products and new greenhouse gases emissions.
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    Let's not even begin to discuss the ideological implications of this statement.
Hans De Keulenaer

VISIONARY CREATOR OF CHEAP HUMAN-POWERED ELECTRICITY | 11th Hour Action - 0 views

  • We decided to tackle a large problem—Power.  We were involved in the human power concept and developing the power for the one-laptop project per child project.  We took the opportunity, developing the underlying power technology for it.
Sergio Ferreira

The Shape of Oil to Come - 0 views

  • Stability is needed to scale up alternative sources of energy sufficiently to replace crude oil during a transition period of decades.
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    A good source, but a less deterministic tone for describing one of many possible scenario's might have been appropriate
Hans De Keulenaer

Kenya | Electricity Connection Charges Cut by Half - 0 views

  • The Government has reduced electricity connection charges for rural areas by more than half, aiming to spur growth of small business and boost living standards.
Hans De Keulenaer

Rural communities revived by energy - 0 views

  • From wind turbines to shared heating systems, small-scale renewable energy doesn’t just help in the fight against climate change. It can also bring people together, revitalise local economies and help alleviate poverty.
Hans De Keulenaer

The Oil Drum: Europe | Electricity in Uganda - 0 views

  • To take a glimpse at what life might be like without today’s reliable supply we take a trip to Africa, Uganda, courtesy of Nokia who have carried out an investigation looking at how people manage to keep their mobile phones charged and maintain some degree of electricity use at home in off-grid parts of the country.
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