As part of a ten-year experiment, Samso Island in Denmark is now 100 percent renewable energy sustainable. Clean Skies News looks at how this island stays even better than carbon neutral and gets some tips on how major cities can cut their carbon footprint. Source: Clean Skies News
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Through World Environment Day (WED), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gives a human face to environmental issues and enables people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change. Here UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, encourages participation in World Environment Day at a local level and highlights the need to preserve biodiversity for the benefit of us all. Source: UNEP
Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, World Environment Day (WED) is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. WED 2010 is aimed to be the biggest WED celebration ever and we count on you to make this happen! We call for action – organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless. Source: UNEP
Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is marked worldwide with events promoting awareness of environmental issues.
Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.
Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day. Visit the Earth Day Action Center website here
In Palo Alto, water-based foam and new windows turn a traditional 1930s house into a net-zero energy home. Source: Greentech Media
Cairo’s overflowing public garbage has long been a plague on the Egyptian capital, but one association helped by locals is trying to see waste as wealth. Guided by a US engineer, they are working to process the rubbish to create ‘biogas’, that is fuel for cooking and heating homes, as well as using solar energy for hot water. Source: AFP
With a price tag of just $10, the Kiran, created by D.light, is billed as the world’s most affordable quality solar lamp. Just announced as winner of the 2009 Spark! design award, it is a much safer and brighter alternative to the kerosene lantern, and is designed to provide a highly affordable and easy to use light source for low-income families in developing countries. It uses highly efficient LEDs and will run for about 8 hours on its battery when kept on its low setting, or about 4 hours when on its high setting. Source: CNET/d.light
To some, he’s a throwback; to others, he’s a sage. In a country that has embraced GMOs and junk food, Virginian farmer Joel Salatin fights for sustainable agriculture and local consumption. Source: AFP
During the US Deptartment of Energy’s October Solar Decathlon competition, 20 international teams of university students are competing to design, build, and operate the most energy-efficient, comfortable and marketable solar-powered home. Source: AFP
The age-old tradition in Poland of scavenging the forests for wild honey was progressively abandoned more than a century ago in favour of beekeepers’ hives. But one group is attempting to renew with the taste of honey from the forests. Source: AFP