UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

Climate Adaption best practices

The United Nations Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), which is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen.

The international knowledge center will advise countries, companies and organizations on how to deal with climate change. Read More

LSP: Lunar Solar Power

LSP: Lunar solar power

Fresh look at space solar power new architectures concepts and technologies

Lunar Solar Power: Imagine

Imagine your and anybody else’s children and grandchildren not only surviving but thriving in the next 100 years and beyond.

A gift to them that would stop and reverse most of the environmental problems we have created the past 200 years.

 

Support LSP and start talking about LUNAR SOLAR POWER

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UN Spots on Dutch Solar Initiative

UN Spots on Dutch Solar Initiative

‘ZonnepanelenDelen” shows 20 solar projects and 16,000 solar panels financed to date, thanks to a total of € 3 million to thousands crowdfunding investments.

The UN rewarded the Dutch Crowdfunding Platform ‘ZonnepanelenDelen’ (Sharing PV), as one of the thirteen winners of Climate Change Award.

The price allows the company to present itself at the UN climate conference in Marrakech (7 – 18 November). Read More

Suriname can earn billions on clean water

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The south of Suriname has a lot of fresh water. This region, with a few traditional living communities, is an area of natural beauty.

Suriname in South America, is almost bankrupt. President Bouterse has to cut on salaries and other government spendings.

What could help the Suriname economy? Water. Suriname can earn billions on clean water.  Read More

5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More

Climate Paris in Figures

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Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.

With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.

In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth

Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

The circular, green, future in 2050

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The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused.
A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).

The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.

But the road getting there will not be easy.

The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.

We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

More than 11 billion people by 2100

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The world population is growing, not slowing

Before 2100, the world will count 11 billion! people. According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024. (7 Billion on October 31, 2011) Read More

G7 stops rising temperatures. Call for cities

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Circular Economy: reduces, reuse, recycles and gets green

Just ahead of the major negotiations on an intended climate accord, the G7 reached an agreement on rising temperatures with maximum 2 degrees Celsius, compared with 1990!

A great advantage for Industries, cities, citizens and politics to start emission reductions pledges.

The aim is to continue to strengthen momentum ahead of the climate conference scheduled for Paris in December this year.

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65% of China is running out of water

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China is one of the world’s largest water-using nations and is considered by the UN as one of the 13 countries with serious shortage of water.

China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.

Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.

Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. Read More

Does the world need a climate conference deal in Paris 2015?

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Arctic ice is dwindling, and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, “hauling out” on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before

Last week in New York many countries, continents, industries and organisaties responded with ambitious goals and initiatives but no firm pledges during the UN Climate Summit 2014. Remember the promise of China who wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. On the fringes, major corporations trading in agricultural commodities grown on former rainforest land joined governments in signing a declaration promising to halve net deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030! Read More

The costs/rights of fresh drinking water (compromise included)

Ten thousands of children die of pollutioned water every

Ten thousands of children die of pollutioned water every year

Here at BetterWorldSolutions Headquarters we had a fight. Not physical, but a firm discussion it was. The discussion was about fresh water, the first basic need of virtual all living beings on Earth.

Eventually we met in the middle. Although it is not a really realistic middle (yet), it is a worldwide compromise to strive for, we reckon.

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