‘Nature-based solutions or nature-based seductions?’

November 2020 The hype over NbS relies on the myth that the carbon-sequestering possibilities of nature can compensate for (or in technical carbon market terms – offset) the continued burning of fossil fuels. But offsets do not reduce the overall concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; at best, they result in no net emissions. Carbon markets and offset myths are useful for …

‘After All, It’s Our Money’: Global Climate Campaigners Call for Public Banks to Fund Just Recovery and Green Transition

Amid the Global Week of Action for Debt Cancellation and one month ahead of the Finance in Common Summit, climate justice advocates on Monday urged public banks around the world to treat government responses to the coronavirus crisis as opportunities to coordinate just recoveries from the ongoing public health and economic calamities and to simultaneously facilitate just transitions from dirty to clean energy, thereby …

Debt-migration connection from Africa to Europe

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute, Globetrotter November 5, 2019 | EDUCATE! Above Photo: Kevin Van den Panhuyzen/Flickr If you ask African migrants in Europe who came across the Mediterranean Sea in a boat if they would make the journey again, most of them would say “yes.” Many of them had been in vans and trucks that took them across the dangerous Sahara Desert, …

1619: Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in Virginia. Enslaved labor created the backbone for America’s capitalistic economy

Although slavery officially ended in 1865, the unequal treatment of African Americans continued through Jim Crow, red lining, and mass incarceration, among many public policies. Our country’s historic racial wealth disparities continue to be perpetuated and increased by the trend towards extreme inequality in the United States. To further paint a dire picture, a report released earlier this year by the Institute …

Reliable and decentralized electrification through solar home systems is becoming the standard rather than the exception in most East African rural areas

By Stefan Zelazny, Mobisol For decades, the only accepted idea of electrification was access to the grid implemented by big utilities, served by huge power plants. This concept worked fairly well in the developed world  —  if leaving out of consideration the environmental aspects of the massive use of fossil fuels. Billions of dollars have been invested to transfer this …

IEA: Universal energy access by 2030 compatible with meeting global climate goals

October 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity  A new analysis from the International Energy Agency has found that the most cost-effective strategy for bringing universal energy access to developing countries is also compatible with meeting global climate goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: …

Improving Africa’s soils to cut emissions and boost food security

On Carbon Brief, 2 August 2017 Dr Keith Shepherd is a principal soil scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Dr Rolf Sommer is a principal soil and climate change scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Together they lead the Restoring Degraded Landscapesresearch theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). How we manage soils is crucial to tackling climate change. …

Power for All identifies most important national energy policies needed to kick-start ending electricity poverty for 1.1 billion people plus a government framework for implementing those policies effectively

It is now well understood that universal electricity access by 2030 (a core part of U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 7 -SDG 7) can only be achieved if decentralized renewable energy (DRE)  — green micro-grids and rooftop solar paired with storage and ultra-efficiency appliances  —  gets adequate finance to reach scale quickly. And that can only happen if leaders overseeing international …

Enabling better planning for droughts in Africa

University of Exeter. “Summer rainfall in vulnerable African region can be predicted.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 May 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170525085109.htm Summer rainfall in one of the world’s most drought-prone regions can now be predicted months or years in advance, climate scientists at the Met Office and the University of Exeter say. The Sahel region of Africa — a strip across the southern …