By Richard Lloyd Parry, Krakatoa [caption id="" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Anak Krakatau has risen through renewed volcanic activity to a height of 300 metres"][/caption] For the people of Sebesi Island, who spend their lives next to the world’s biggest natural time bomb, it seemed to be an offer that they could not refuse. A businessman from the Indonesian mainland landed one day with a remarkable proposal: to make safe their deadly neighbour, the notorious volcano island of Krakatoa, hulking in the sea a few miles across the water. ... Read more about The Black Marketeers Stealing Indonesia’s Islands By The Boat-load
16 March 2010 – Climate change, food insecurity, decreasing water availability and unemployment are among the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which calls for rational and sustainable use of resources and inclusion of the environment issues in decision making.
ABIDJAN, March 22 (Reuters) - Human beings are flushing millions of tonnes of solid waste into rivers and oceans every day, poisoning marine life and spreading diseases that kill millions of children annually, the U.N. said on Monday. "The sheer scale of dirty water means more people now die from contaminated and polluted water than from all forms of violence including wars," the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said. ... Read more about Waste Water Kills Millions Of Children, Pollutes Sea
A mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable energy and energy efficiency, reegle. Users can select renewable energy statistics in European countries and compare them using a time lapse animation on a full-screen map with the underlying data provided by Eurostat. Energy data is available back to 1997, so users can digest trends over time and compare how different European countries have moved forward on clean and renewable energy over the selected period. ... Read more about Mapping European Renewable Energy Statistics
India made "giant strides" helping people in slums like Dharavi, Mumbai
Nearly a quarter of a billion people escaped life in the slums over the past decade, the United Nations says. The improvement was thanks largely to housing efforts in China and India, which made "giant strides", according to a report by the UN Habitat agency. But the housing efforts were more than countered by world population growth and the rural exodus to cities. So overall, the total number of slum dwellers actually increased from 776.7m to 827.6m, during the years 2000-2010. ... Read more about UN Says 227 Million People Escaped Slums In Past Decade
Following one of the worst years in economic history, signs of hope have begun to emerge for the clean-tech sector, with clean energy becoming a driving force for global economic recovery from Beijing to Seoul, and Washington D.C.