sustainable development

Financial Crisis Threatens Funding For Climate Change

The global financial crisis may lead lead developed countries to withhold funding for climate change, undermining investment in carbon trade in African countries. This is according to delegates at a US climate change conference in December 2008.
 
Carbon markets are regarded as a cheap and possibly profitable measure to fight climate change while helping poor communities with tools to solve poverty without destroying forests.

No Amount of Redesign Will Save the PBMR

With the PBMR Company seeking to redesign the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) to focus more on heat applications, it is imperative to note that disadvantages of continuing with the PBMR remain.

The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor has become a black hole for public funds. The costs involved in the PBMR saga are illustrative of the financial risks inherent in nuclear power in general.

Scientists Warn About Biofuels

Scientists have warned that the use of crop-based biofuels could speed up rather than slow down global warming by fuelling the destruction of rainforests.

They say once heralded as the answer to oil, biofuels have become increasingly controversial because of their impact on food prices and the amount of energy it takes to produce them. They argue that biofuels have the potential to pump far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they could possibly save as a replacement for fossil fuels.

AfriForum Criticises ANC Over Rector Appointment

AfriForum has accused the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State of forcing the University of the Free State (UFS) into appointing a party loyalist as new Rector.

AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel, has also criticised the disapproval voiced by the ANC spokesperson in that province, Teboho Sikisi, about the shortlist of five candidates and his demand that the so-called "progressive black academic" should be appointed.

2010 and the SA Craft Industry: Feast or Famine?

My name is Robin Opperman and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust, based in Durban (South Africa). We run an inclusive art and craft workshop and retail space. The idea is to allow crafters to develop craft and retail skills, and to hopefully make some new, exciting and cutting edge work. We have therefore been very excited about 2010 and the possibilities and options that it presents for us and others involved in craft and the related creative industries.

Eskom Turns to Wind Power to Boost Electricity Supply

South African state power company Eskom plans to start operating wind turbines this year to boost the country’s supply of electricity.

Eskom spokesperson, Fani Zulu, points out that, "We are looking at building 50 wind turbines with two megawatts each before the end of this year across the country... . It is a little more expensive than generating electricity by coal, but by all means it is a worthwhile cost." 

Sustainable Development 2009

The Wessex Institute of Technology is hosting a conference entitled “Sustainable Development 2009” from 13-15 May 2009 in Cyprus.

The conference will be of interest to planners, environmentalists, engineers, architects, ecologists, economists, policy makers and other governmental officials, researchers and academics involved in the field of sustainability.

Groundwater Resources and Treatment

Application Deadline: 2 February 2009

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, an international institute for water education that was established in 2003, is conducting a course on Groundwater Resources and Treatment from 2-20 March 2009 in the Netherlands.

The course is aimed at providing participants with theoretical background and practical expertise in the field of groundwater abstraction and treatment.

The course will help participants to:

The Environmental Handbook

The Environmental Handbook is vital platform of intelligence for decision-makers in companies, government and NGOs. Field research, specialist opinion and insightful analysis helps users drive debate and promote better corporate strategy and performance in relation to the environment.

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