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Biofuels: Recent Report Highlights Problems With Jatropha

June 29, 2010 - 06:55AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Presented as the future of combustible energy, biofuels have been gaining a growing interest and enthusiasm over the past few years. This is due firstly to the oscillation of oil prices and secondly to concerns about climate changes. In fact biofuels are often described as an effective alternative to petroleum in order to avoid its disastrous effects for the environment and for human health. They are biodegradable, offer energy security and produce cleaner and lower emissions in comparison to classical fossil fuels. As a result an increasing number of investments have been made in this sector.

The Nobel Women's Initiative Delegation to the ICC: Part 2 - Africa & The International Criminal Court

June 21, 2010 - 09:20AM
Published by Hannah Smith

From May 28 to June 5, the Nobel Women’s Initiative took a delegation - led by Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Shirin Ebadi - to the first ever Review Conference of the International Criminal Court.

The Nobel Women's Initiative Delegation to the ICC: Part 1 - Gender Justice

June 15, 2010 - 11:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

From May 28 to June 5, the Nobel Women’s Initiative led a delegation to the first ever Review Conference of the International Criminal Court. The delegation, led by Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Shirin Ebadi, called for a global end to impunity and a strengthening of laws that punish perpetrators of crimes against women.

What's logging got to do with saving the climate?

June 10, 2010 - 09:45AM
Published by Anna Collins

For the last two weeks the UN have again been meeting to discuss climate change at the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany. I was there to keep up with everything that is going on and try to make sure any decisions that got made, especially with regards to forests were the kind of decisions that we here at Green Belt Movement would consider good ones.

New funding for forests: the launch of the Fast Start REDD+ Partnership in Olso

June 2, 2010 - 08:15AM
Published by Francesca de Gasparis

Last week I joined Wangari and the team in Oslo to attend the launch of the REDD+ Partnership Agreement. This new initiative for forests (2010-2012) came out of the Fast Start funding discussions also known as the Paris-Oslo process.

Millennium Development Goals, MDG 7

May 26, 2010 - 05:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Almost ten years ago, in the UN Headquarters in New York, 192 countries and 23 international organizations adopted the Millennium Development Goals Declaration. This was a landmark in the history of the international cooperation and reflected a global aspiration to provide an effective solution to the most important problems affecting developing countries. The MDGs involve aspects such as the eradication of extreme poverty, the improvement of universal primary education and the mitigation of some epidemic diseases. These goals should be achieved by 2015. This year draws ever nearer. The question rises quite spontaneously: With less than 5 years to 2015, are we on the track to meet the target? Is the world on its way to achieve the seventh MDG, the goal regarding environmental sustainability?

The Road to Mexico: Christiana Figueres Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary

May 25, 2010 - 09:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Last week, Ban Ki Moon – the Secretary General of the UN – appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica as the new climate chief of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms Figueres will be replacing Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary.

Karura Rehabilitation Efforts Bear Fruit

May 10, 2010 - 07:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

This remarkable video of the Kenyan Television NTV shows the concrete results of the efforts and the commitment of Professor Wangari Maathai in protecting and avoiding the deforestation of Karura Forest, which is a vital part of the city of Nairobi, in Kenya. “Situated on the edge of Nairobi, Karura Forest serves as the lung of the congested metropolis” (Wangari Maathai - Unbowed).

Undies for Earth Day

April 20, 2010 - 02:15PM
Published by Kathryn Gelder

This Earth Week, PACT is partnering with The Green Belt Movement to plant a forest. During this week, each pair of underwear will help to plant 20 trees. The goal is to plant 100,000 trees!

Moving on from Copenhagen

April 16, 2010 - 09:05AM
Published by Anna Collins

In December in Copenhagen world leaders were supposed to reach a global deal on climate change at the United Nations climate talks. Needless to say, they did not!