Waste for Life: Alleviating Poverty with Waste

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The group has been working in Lesotho, South Africa, and Argentina to transform discarded materials, chiefly non-recycled plastic waste, into both domestic products and building materials. Tags: News and Events argentina cartoneros Lesotho paper waste plastic bags Recycling resources waste Waste for Life Waste Reduction Turning trash into resources and helping to alleviate poverty at the same time is an audacious goal, but an organization called Waste for Life has taken it on.

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

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Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

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Protecting Medicinal Plants

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Lesotho and parts of South Africa boast Pelargonium sidoides , an extensively used medicinal species that would benefit from study and appropriate management. Next time you are tempted to pick your own chamomile or echinacea, give a thought to sustainable plant populations. Many medicines and herbal remedies are based on traditional approaches. But as the human population continues to grow, demand for plant products intensifies.

Urban Water Footprint: Extensive and Expensive

Nature Conservancy - Science

My favorite quirky example is Johannesburg, South Africa, which ultimately gets water from another country — Lesotho, moves it through a tunnel under the mountains, dumps it in the Vaal River, and then eventually extracts it for use in the city. The Salve Paccha Aquaduct, which transports water from Cayambe Coca to the city of Quito, runs through the páramos landscape at the foot of Ecuador’s Andean range. Photo credit: ©Bridget Besaw/TNC.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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years), Samoa (31.3), Tonga (31.3), Morocco (32.8), Senegal (32.8), Albania (32.8), Georgia (32.8), Armenia (34.3), St Vincent & Grenadines (36.1), Kenya (36.1), Maldives (37.9), Kyrgyzstan (37.9), Burkina Faso (37.9), India (40.1), Cook Islands (40.1), Bhutan (42.4), Yemen (45.1), Tajikistan (45.1), Mozambique (45.1), Rwanda (45.1), Burundi (45.1), Lesotho (48.1), Swaziland (48.1).

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

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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

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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).