Kazakhstan: From Coal to Clean Energy?

Sierra Club Compass

Why is Kazakhstan, one of the world’s major oil producing countries, with 3 percent of recoverable oil reserves within its borders and an energy sector dominated by coal, going green? In 2008, the United Nations Development Program found that coal-fired power made up the majority of Kazakhstan’s energy sector , but just five years later the country is prepared to make a seismic shift.

Glass Tube Home Wraps Around a Tree in Earthquake-Prone Kazakhstan

Green Prophet

An emergent studio from Kazakhstan has designed a curious glass tube home that wraps around a large Fir tree in the tectonically active mountainous region of the country. Masow Design Studio published renders of a new concept home for a 38-year-old business man and his family in Kazakhstan’s largest city – Almaty. Masow Design Studio cylindrical glass house earthquakes glass houses Kazakhstan House Around a Tree round houses

See how Asia’s Aral Sea shrinks before our very eyes in these time lapse photos

Green Prophet

Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is about 10% of its former size. Located in the arid plains between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, the Soviet Union had great plans to build a cotton empire and diverted water from the Aral Sea to irrigate crops. Kazakhstan built a dam between the upper and lower sections of the Aral Sea in 2005, but it didn’t work. We’ve killed it!

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Analysis: Central Asian drought highlights water vulnerability

A Greener Life

In two provinces of Kazakhstan, more than 2,000 domesticated animals have died due to lack of water and forage. It states that salinisation resulting from the lake drying up meant 57% of croplands in Kazakhstan and about 20% in Kyrgyzstan lost productivity between 1982 and 2006.

US oil giant Chevron buys into Israeli natural gas

Green Prophet

It is not by chance that Kazakhstan is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Chevron, as the country’s oil helps the company flourish,” says Sergey Solyanik, consultant to Crude Accountability.

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French Satellite to Search for Other “Earths”

Eco Friendly Daily

A satellite probe launched today in Kazakhstan will spend the next few years searching the skies for small, rocky planets orbiting stars in the “Goldilocks zone,” where light intensity is just right for supporting life. The search must be conducted from space, scientists say, because distortion from Earth’s atmosphere makes ground-based telescopes unable to see anything but huge planets–gas giants like Jupiter.

Strange Desert Kites are how ancient man trapped his kill

Green Prophet

The desert kites were found in areas far from the Middle East, like Kazakhstan where this human-made traps likely remained in use even in the medieval period.

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All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Kazakhstan sets the threshold at 20,000 MT and the Canadian province of Alberta only covers firms with more than 100,000 MT per year. Some programs start out with a lot of free allowances to help give a soft start to the program, but most—for example, the EU, New Zealand , Korea, Kazakhstan—wean themselves off free allowances and shift to auctioning over time. I mean, Kazakhstan is doing it!

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Biodiversity Hotspots and Their Importance


Mediterranean Basin, Surrounds the Mediterranean Sea Caucasus, Border between Europe and Asia, separating the Black and Caspian Seas Mountains of Central Asia, Central Asia: extends through Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Saving biodiversity hotpots, those places on Earth with an abundance of life, are at the forefront of conservation efforts today.

Join the American national day of unplugging in March

Green Prophet

With participation worldwide in 125 countries (including far-flung places such as the Bhutan, the Isle of Man, Mongolia, Andorra, and Kazakhstan), the NDU has resonated around the world with people of all backgrounds, from Catholic to Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim. Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging , an annual call for a 24-hour tech break, was launched as the smartphone was just emerging into popular use.

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Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

Green Prophet

After crossing the Mediterranean sea from Tunisia to Istanbul, he then cycled through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and his is now in Xinjiang, China. Seven months ago, a Tunisian university teacher decided to travel from Tunisia to China on his bike to help raise awareness of the human and environmental value of wetlands. Here is his journey.

Credit rating agency downgrades nine Euro-zone countries

Green (Living) Review

The move by S&P has put highly indebted Italy on the same BBB+ level as Kazakhstan and pushes Portugal into junk status. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London,UK, January 2012 : Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has downgraded the credit ratings of nine Euro-zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their coveted triple-A status. The status of EU paymaster Germany, however, remains untouched. This is a definite a Black Friday the 13th for the troubled single currency area.

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Afghanis Prepare for Food Crisis

Green Prophet

“The poor harvests will increase the importance and influence of wheat imports from Kazakhstan, where prices are also high,&# it noted. million tons required nationwide), but failed to offer adequate wheat flour to urban markets, which are dominated by imported flour mainly from Kazakhstan and Pakistan. Abnormally dry weather a nightmare for Afghanis who rely on wheat crops for survival.

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Kazakh Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Green Prophet

In Kazakhstan, Ramadan caroling was suppressed during the Soviet era, when Kazakh Muslims secretly fasted to avoid being targeted as troublemakers. Children in Central Asia practice a tradition in the lead-up to iftar (the evening breaking of the Ramadan fast – read our green iftar guide here ) that has a decidedly Western resonance: they go Ramadan caroling. As with Christmas caroling, the children go door-to-door singing their neighbors holiday songs.

Seeking The Ecological Shuk

Green Prophet

The wheat milled into Israeli bread flour is flown in from Kazakhstan. Miriam sees Israel’s most famous open-air market through new eyes. When I lived in Jerusalem, the shuk was my grocery store. Vegetables, grains, fruit, chicken for Shabbat, nuts and sweets…everything we ate came from the shuk. Read about 5 Israeli shuks here.). My kids grew up eating the freshest, most colorful and flavorful food in the city, and since prices are lowest at the shuk, I was saving money.

Ethical Oil, Gas and Mining? EITI is the LEED of Fossil Fuels

Green Prophet

Leaning on research conducted in the oil and gas rich Caspian Sea region and focusing on Azerbaijan, which is EITI compliant, Kazakhstan, an EITI candidate and Turkmenistan, which has expressed an interest in joining EITI, IIED published a report that encourages even more efforts to ensure that extractive industries work for the environment and local people. Roughly half of the world’s population lives in resource-rich countries , and yet the same number survives on less than $2.50

Dafna Aizenberg Maps the Internet’s View of Our World

Green Prophet

Kazakhstan searches for a lot of entertainment,” she said. A young Israeli designer has collected digital data across a variety of internet meta-aspects (think “search phrases” and “virus attacks”) to paint pictures of the modern world, producing an atlas that maps the planet the way the internet sees it.

Let’s Get A Horse-Meat Nosh At Burger King. Not.

Green Prophet

Mexico, Russia, Italy, and Kazakhstan each consume 54,000 yearly tons. The British fast-food chain hid up to 30% horse meat in its juicy burgers, then denied it. The British, most of whom regard eating horse as something like eating dogs , were rocked by the news that the burgers they loved were filled out with cheap horse meat. Burger King’s supplier in Ireland, ABP/Silvercrest, supplied the “contaminated” meat.

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Israel’s Kaiima Seed-Tech Company Raises $65 Million

Green Prophet

In biofuel, which takes up some 20 percent of its business activities, the company is working on business partnerships in Kazakhstan, China, Brazil and Mexico. Since the Sixties “green revolution,” when Norman Borlaug introduced the concept of cross-breeding and hybridization of plants to boost output, not much has changed, according to Doron Gal, CEO of the Israeli seed technology company Kaiima Agro-Biotech. Kaiima, which means “sustainability” in Hebrew, hopes to be that change.

What Iran Could Learn from Abu Dhabi’s First Nuclear Plant

Green Prophet

This has been successfully demonstrated in Japan, India and Kazakhstan. Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant has been under suspicion for decades, rightly or wrongly. So as not to arouse alarm, the United Arab Emirates’ civil nuclear plan has been taking the opposite approach of complete transparency. The UAE has forgone any plans to enrich or reprocess uranium itself, so as to allay any cause for suspicion or concerns about nuclear proliferation.

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Camels for Milk and Look Who’s Buying

Green Prophet

Dubai’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory is said to be considering importing hundreds of “milking” camels from Kazakhstan, from which it aims to breed generations of good milking camels. Dubai’s dream of exporting fresh camel milk to the rest of the world will soon become reality. Green Prophet’s been doing alot of yakking about camels lately. Prepare to hear a lot more as the camel products go commercially global.

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Seeking The Ecological Market At Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem

Green Prophet

The wheat milled into Israeli bread flour is flown in from Kazakhstan. Miriam sees Israel’s most famous open-air market through new eyes. When I lived in Jerusalem, the Machane Yehuda shuk (market) was my grocery store. Vegetables, grains, fruit, chicken for Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. There were nuts and sweets…everything we ate came from the shuk. Read about 5 Israeli shuks here.).

Fighting Corruption Toolkit

The Green Changemakers

Courts without Corruption, Kazakhstan 6. Corruption Fighters’ Tool Kit Special Edition 2004 Teaching Integrity to Youth: Examples from 11 countries Click on the links below to download individual chapters of the Tool Kit. CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Macau SAR Mr Pig and Superman William: Ethics Education for Primary Pupils 3. Brazil Where Your Taxes Go: Fiscal Education for Citizenship 4. Colombia Working with Universities: The Cátedra Programme 5.

Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 4: The end of cheap food

Green Blog

But this reduction was offset by unusually good harvests in Russia, USA, Argentina and Kazakhstan. In 2007, food prices increased dramatically and the world quickly ushered in a global food crisis that lasted until late 2009. The global price increase mainly affected basic food commodities such as wheat, rice and corn, but not so much products such as coffee and cacao.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

The Green Changemakers

MB) The Central Asia and Mongolia Bioresources and Biosecurity Network Capacity Development on Access to Genetic Resources, Benefit-Sharing, and Biosafety in Central Asia and Mongolia An updated version of a previous report presenting regional and national overviews on the state of biodiversity, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing legislation, and the protection of traditional knowledge in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.