The world is running out of water — now what?

Source: GreenBiz Last weekend, Jessica Yu’s new water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” took us on tour of the impacts water scarcity is creating around the globe, from the parched pastures of Australia’s farmlands to the sewage-polluted banks of the Jordan River. This film shines a much-needed light on the various water challenges we all now face at a critical time. The numbers alone are eye-opening. If current water usage trends continue, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population — or 5.3 billion people — will be vulnerable to water shortages. What many here in the U.S. may not know is that we are far from immune to water stress. One need look no further than Texas, where a record-breaking drought last year created massive water shortages that significantly impacted the state’s water supplies, agriculture and industry. Continue Reading..

Returning to Rio to build a more sustainable future

Source: Guardian Sustainable Business In 1992, heads of state converged on Rio for the Earth Summit, a bright moment that seemed to herald a new era for sustainable development. Bold speeches were given, important treaties signed. Saving the planet was cast as a moral imperative. Multilateral institutions would lead the way. Twenty years later, the world looks much different. The unipolar system of US domination that followed the end of the cold war is now multipolar. The locus of global growth and consumption has largely shifted to developing countries, especially in Asia. And for all the good intentions voiced in Rio, the health of our climate, water resources, and ecosystems has been deteriorating at alarming rates. Continue Reading…

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

Source: The Scientific American Almost six years ago, I was the editor of a single-topic issue on energy for Scientific American that included an article by Princeton University’s Robert Socolow that set out a well-reasoned plan for how to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below a planet-livable threshold of 560 ppm. The issue came replete with technical solutions that ranged from a hydrogen economy to space-based solar. If I had it to do over, I’d approach the issue planning differently, my fellow editors permitting. I would scale back on the nuclear fusion and clean coal, instead devoting at least half of the available space for feature articles on psychology, sociology, economics and political science. Since doing that issue, I’ve come to the conclusion that the technical details are the easy part. It’s the social engineering that’s the killer. Moon shots and Manhattan Projects are child’s play compared to needed changes in the way we behave. A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to …

One Child One Light Diwali Campaign

We have launched our campaign to gift a smile to children this Diwali. EfficientCarbon is partnering with Thrive Energy in its campaign of ‘One Child One Light’ and we want to make it a huge success. From our side, we would be making a small contribution to the campaign ourselves but we want you to support us in huge numbers. This would be run from 25/10/2010 to 05/11/2010 and organise a small event to distribute the LED study lights to the school children in villages primarily. The plan is very simple: We are sending out an open invitation to all our friends, associates and acquaintances to donate at least a single light to this campaign. We will collect the information and the donations from all of you and procure the LED study lights from Thrive Energy. We’ll select a few deserving schools in villages (or probably you could suggest us a few schools/NGO’s as well) and host a small event to distribute these lights on 07/11/2010. This will be an open event …

Clean Development Mechanism Explained

We keep hearing about jargon like The Kyoto Protocol, Clean Development Mechanism, Carbon Credits, Carbon Trading, etc., and always look for clarity on what these terms mean for the business community, countries like India or just a world citizen like us. We’ve just tried to give a perspective on what Carbon Trading / Clean Development Mechanism means and the process of getting Carbon Credits through this basic presentation. Do have a look at this, ask questions, let us know your thoughts and start a debate. We’d be happy to discuss. Clean development mechanism basics View more presentations from EfficientCarbon.

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