A Little about the Environment

Our Life In Ghana

Unfortunately, the waste disposal situation of the country is extremely poor. Littering is commonly P1080410seen. Every item is wrapped in plastic and you can see plastic bags everywhere. People just throw sachets of water (plastic bags), and any other trash, everywhere in the streets, in front of buildings, in and out of buses, even in the business districts, without anyone blinking an eye. According to the media, only one percent of plastics are recycled in Ghana.

There is no doubt that people throwaway more plastic bags in US. According to Ghanaian media, in US every hour 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away, (is it true?).  The amount of waste generated in Ghana is nothing compared to any developed country. The problem in Ghana is lack of any waste management infrastructure; thus, you can easily see and smell the waste and it can have serious consequences for the environment and public…

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Auditor general delivers damning report on B.C.’s carbon trading system

Global News

The B.C. auditor general has delivered a damning report on the province’s controversial carbon trading system and the Crown corporation Pacific Carbon Trust.

The report concludes the government has not reached its goal of “carbon neutrality,” and says the two projects examined in the audit should never have been given public money.

The Encana gas drilling project in northeast B.C. and the Darkwoods forestry conservation project in the Kootenays were provided $6 million in 2010 for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Offsets can only be credible in British Columbia if, among other things, the revenue from their sale is the tipping point in moving forward on a project. It must be an incentive, not a subsidy, for the reduction of GHGs,” said Doyle in a news release. “However, neither project was able to demonstrate that the sale of offsets was needed for the project to be implemented.”

Encana’s project was projected…

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The Pacific Carbon Trust audit

Stephen Rees's blog

We are supposed to have a carbon neutral government in BC. The BC Liberals introduced legislation to ensure that all the various organizations reporting to it – including schools and hospitals and so on – both took steps to reduce their emissions and where that was not feasible to purchase carbon offsets.

The BC Auditor General has been trying to ensure that his report on this program reached the public before he leaves for Australia and before we head to the polls. Not only was his report issued but he also got a presentation made and put it up on youtube. You can both read the report in full or spend a quarter of an hour listening to a nice lady read a summary. The video is just basic powerpoint type presentation. The main points appear as text on the screen as the voice reads the summary. Auditors are not…

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Sustainable Grass-Based Farms a Serious Help To the Planet

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Free webinar today – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 
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Did you know rotational grazing of cattle on sustainably-managed grass farms can build topsoil and reverse desertification?

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Chris, Farm Manager on a 2,000-acre California olive ranch, explains how grass-based farming builds topsoil and how ruminant animals can restore the land and environment.Chris, Farm Manager on a 2,000-acre California olive ranch, explains how grass-based farming builds topsoil and how ruminant animals can restore the land and environment.

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Take Me Down, To The Underground

HEAVY DUTY INSIGHT

In an efforts to avoid the devastating effects of urban sprawl and maintain it’s lowrise landscape, Helsinki has taken it’s industrial development underground.

This smart strategy sustains it’s natural habitats and frees up land above ground for more profitable and beautiful real estate development.

 

Tunnels of Helsinki City

Currently, Helsinki City has over 60 km of tunnels that house the municipality’s heating and cooling systems. A years consumption of coal for half the city is also stored below street level, as you’ll see in this video.

 

Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is also impressive. It burrows under the Swiss Alps and extends to Italy. At 57km it’ll be the longest rail tunnel in the world.

Gotthard_Base_Tunnel

 

Drassanes Station in Barcelona Spain

The Drassanes Metro looks like a scene from THX 1138, the 1971 science fiction film directed by George Lucas. Very clean, sterile and…

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In Nevada, eagle’s flight halted by turbines; In Alaska, heads will roll over oil fiasco

Daily Energy Dump

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We were aware that killing eagles is a federal offense, and have always been less charitable to the wind industry and its supporters because they seem to forget this aspect of environmentalism when it comes to defending windmills that are extremely hurtful to bird populations. We also assumed the federal government turned a blind eye to avian fatalities caused by windmills because it did not fit its greening-of-the-economy efforts.
But lo, here is a story from the Las Vegas Review Journal saying a single dead eagle could spell trouble for a White Pine County wind farm that sells power to NV Energy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation after a golden eagle was killed in late February at the Spring Valley Wind Farm, about 300 miles north of Las Vegas.

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, which owns the…

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