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U.N. Tapping into Social Media for Climate Treaty Inspiration

The U.N. has launched a social media site to cialis to buy inspire international leaders to create a meaningful climate treaty in Copenhagen this December.  The site called Hopenhagen, allows people around the world to create a Twitter-like post (45 characters max) answering the question "What gives you hope for a better planet?"

The site reads:

On December 7, 2009, leaders from 192 countries will gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark to determine the fate of our planet. Let's turn Copenhagen into Hopenhagen. Hopenhagen is a movement, a moment and recommended site levitra generic a chance at a new beginning. The hope that we can create a global community that will lead our leaders into making the right decisions. The hope that by solving our environmental crisis, we can solve our economic crisis at the same time. Hopenhagen is change – and that change will be powered by all of us.

As people post their responses, a constant moving feed runs down the screen, listing all the statements.  Obviously, it will take more than 45-character expressions to produce an effective climate treaty, but the more pressure we can put on the cialis viagra world's leaders to commit to significant change, the better.

via Environmental Capital


Subway in Bilbao, Spain Powered Completely By Renewable Energy

The City of Bilbao's metro service has announced that the transportation system was powered completely by renewable sources last year, making it the first metro system in the world to do buy cialis australia so.

The subway was provided the renewable energy by local utility Naturgas. The announcement stated that the metro prevented the release of 46,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere last year by cutting out dirty energy, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the viagra official website road.

In addition to this great accomplishment, the subway cars themselves were made more efficient by introducing a new brake energy recovery system that reduces energy consumption by 33 percent.

via GoodCleanTech


UN: "Nature Kicks Carbon Capture's Butt"

The United Nations Environment Programme released a report last Friday for World Environment Day titled "The Natural Fix? The Role of cialis testimonial Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation." In it, UNEP makes the case for investing in protecting fragile ecosystems as a form of carbon mitigation instead of carbon capture and storage technology. The report highlights the ways in which nature is better at regulating carbon than CCS through the carbon cycle and how preserving nature's role in carbon regulation will bring greater and cheaper benefits.

The report explains that the priority ecosystems to protect are tropical forests and peatlands. Reducing deforestation by 50 percent by 2050 could prevent the release of 50 gigatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere this century, which meets 12 percent of the emission reduction recommendation by the IPCC. Peatland restoration could prevent the release of up to 0.8 gigatonnes of carbon per year.

The other main area that the report devotes attention to is agriculture. UNEP believes the cialis 20mg agriculture sector could be be mostly carbon neutral by 2030 if necessary policies are adopted, therefore preventing the release of 2 gigatonnes of carbon per year.

The report calls for governments to draft carbon management policies that rely more on ecosystem protection and restoration and less on buy viagra online from canada funding CCS technologies, particularly during the upcoming climate convention in Copenhagen.
You can access the full PDF of the report here.


Green Energy Investments Have Quadrupled Since 2004

According to the Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009 report released by the United Nations Environment Programme, clean energy companies received $155 billion in investments in 2008, four times as much as in 2004.

That's the good news. The not so good news is that with the economic downturn, that upward trend has decreased in recent months. Investments in the second half of 2008 were down by 17 percent compared to the first half and generic pal pay viagra down 23 percent compared to the last half of 2007. Clean energy investments in 2008 still topped 2007 overall though.

Some of the finer points of best prices on brand viagra the report include:

  • Wind had the highest investment in 2008 at $51.8 billion.
  • Solar grew the tramadol pills most in new investments with $33.5 billion, a 49 percent increase over 2007.
  • Geothermal investments (new and continuing) grew the most in 2008 with an increase of 149 percent.
  • Biofuel investments decreased by 9 percent to $16.9 billion.
  • Wind and solar costs are dropping because of the surge of investments and increase in production. Solar PV modules are expected to online pharmacies drop in cost by 49 percent this year.
  • Developing countries are leading the pack in investment growth with a 27 percent increase over 2007, while Europe and North America saw stalling investments in 2008.
  • Government packages are crucial to continued growth in clean energy investment as annual investments need to reach half a trillion dollars by 2020 to meet the recommendations of the IPCC.

You can access the full report here.

via Live Science


Sony Ericsson Adds More Green Phones to the Market

Phone makers like Samsung and Nokia have launched green-branded phones to much fanfare, but so far, no huge sales reports. Now Sony Ericsson is trying their hand at that piece of the market. Today they announced the addition of the GreenHeart phones to their list of models.

The new models are actually revamped versions of the C901 and Naite models. The new features include a 15 percent smaller carbon footprint, an online-only manual to save paper, less packaging and the phones are made of at least 50 percent recycled plastics. Sony Ericsson is essentially using the the new models to introduce these green features before applying them to cialis online pharmacy carisoprodol their entire portfolio.

While these updates are better for the environment and mail order levitra should be commended, the GreenHeart line doesn't offer any improvements in efficiency or use of renewable energy like other green phones, which makes this attempt feel luke warm in comparison.

In order for cell phones to truly become green, companies will have to focus on improving all aspects of the phone, including making them more efficient and increasing battery and operating life so that cell phones become more of a long-term purchase and less of a disposable object.

via Earth2Tech

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