Vuntut Gwitchin is the first indigenous nation to declare a climate emergency

May 28, 2019 by  
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Last week, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation became the first indigenous tribe to declare an official climate emergency . Like other nations that have made similar declarations, the announcement is not backed with funding but rather is an official call to action. Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm is hopeful that the declaration will spur a domino effect among indigenous groups and lead to an Indigenous Climate Accord. “The indigenous peoples have been left out of the Paris Climate Accord,” Tizya-Tramm said. “We’ve gotten a nod in the preamble, but where are the national and international public forums for indigenous voices?” Related: In a world first, the UK declares a climate emergency In June, the Gwitchin Steering Committee is planning an Arctic Indigenous Climate Summit and hopes that many different groups will come together to discuss their shared climate problems and possible plans of actions that are stronger than even the Paris Agreement . The Vuntut Gwitchin is a northern tribe in Canada’s Yukon territory, where melting icecaps are an unavoidable daily truth. “We’re seeing it in the priming of furs, in the emptying of lakes, in the return of animals , such as, this year, the geese coming before the black ducks, which we hadn’t seen before,” Tizya-Tramm said. “It’s about bringing that to the rest of the community, nationally.” Few media outlets reported on this major declaration from May 19, but indigenous groups have been prominent climate activists across the globe, including leading pipeline protests at Standing Rock and leading water justice actions. Traditional knowledge will likely be a critical ingredient for determining solutions to reduce the climate crisis, but international discussions largely ignore indigenous voices. Other nations to declare climate emergencies include the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and the Czech Republic. + Vuntut Gwitchin Via Earther Image via Bureau of Land Management

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UK-based company is making home delivery as green as possible with e-cargo bikes

May 28, 2019 by  
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Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited unveiled its new e-cargo bike designed to reduce the carbon footprint of urban home deliveries. The Project 1 eCargo bicycle, nicknamed P1, has a range of 7-20 miles depending on battery size, making it a great addition to any courier or food delivery service with little to no carbon emissions. At just under 6.5 feet in length and 3.4 feet in width, the quadricycle can easily wind its way through streets and roads without causing added congestion. A stable platform allows for the transportation of 330 lbs of cargo. The P1 is peddled and steered like a regular bicycle and a thumb switch makes the vehicle accelerate to 6 mph. A turn crank operated by pedal adds the extra electrical assistance necessary to tackle longer journeys, all with zero carbon emissions . The bikes are compatible with charging stations, as well as can be charged offsite due to the removable batteries. Related: Meet ‘Blade’, the world’s first 3D-printed hypercar “We’ve created a vehicle with Project 1 that will lead on to an entire range of mobility solution vehicles. All highly functional, exceptionally environmentally aware, easy and great fun to use. Also, they have to be very cool to look at which is another crucial cultural point,” says Nigel Gordon-Stewart, managing director of EAV. The company is working to make the P1 completely weather resistant so the vehicle can be usable year-round, regardless of bad weather. EAV is also considering ways to add more passengers and make the vehicle rentable with an app. Businesses can rest assured that the modular chassis design allows for the customization of the P1 whether it needs to be extended, shortened or widened. DPD, the UK’s leading parcel delivery company, worked alongside EAV to help develop the quadricycle. DPD’s CEO commented on the partnership, saying, “Our aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company, which means neutralising our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services. Not only does the P1 look amazing, it is also incredibly smart, flexible and future-proofed. As a result, the P1 is perfect for UK city centres and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero emission fleet in July.” + EAV Images via EAV

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Hiding in plain sight: The carbon cost of everyday products

June 28, 2018 by  
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Richer nations may import the products, but they’re not held accountable for the emissions.

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Mining the consequences of the rare earths industry

February 25, 2017 by  
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The little-known metals powering our electric cars, smartphones and nuclear weapons underlie a power battle between the nations and corporations that extract them.

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

December 11, 2014 by  
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In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima , Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United Nations Lima Climate Change Conference . The Guardian reports that while the conference is taking place behind closed doors, the people marching in the streets added a human face to the struggle for climate justice. They also represented a broad cross-section of humanity, including indigenous peoples from all over South America, trade unionists, students and women’s groups. Read the rest of Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activist , change , climate , conference , lima , march , nations , peru , protest , streets , summit , united

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

December 8, 2014 by  
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According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations ‘ World Meteorological Organization , 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no slowdown in global warming . By the end of the year, 2014 may well claim the top spot. The UN’s data shows that the global average temperature was 1.03º F (0.57º C) above average between January and October. Meanwhile, ocean temperatures hit a new high, and land temperatures were in the top five highest-ever since the 19th century, when record-keeping began. Read the rest of United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , global warming , UN , UN report , United Nations , world meteorological organization

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Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

May 20, 2014 by  
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To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without , Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, maintenance-free water pump that can be manufactured locally anywhere in the world. Powered entirely by solar energy, it can extract water from as deep as 300 feet, it works even during cloudy days, and it features a hand crank that can be used at night. The best part is that the company offers free, easy-to-access construction plans and videos, which enables people to build their own solar pump completely unaided. Read the rest of Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: corrosion-proof water pump , Dietmar Stuck , NSP Solar Pump by Pumpmakers , open-source water pump , safe drinking water , solar-powered water pump

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"Communities Are More Important Than Nations": Bill McKibben

October 19, 2011 by  
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From community-owned solar power stations through edible landscaping in parks to feed the homeless to the power of local investing , we’ve featured plenty of localized, community-based responses to climate change and peak oil. But how does community action stack up against regional, national or international efforts? Rob Ho… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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5 Food Memoir Books We Want to Read Now

October 19, 2011 by  
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Photo: Hachette Book Group If you’ve ever dreamed about quitting your job and leaving it all behind for an adventure — and especially if that adventure was based on food — then these food memoirs are the perfect armchair escapes. The five books here follow people who moved to apple orchards and brand-new farms, who raised oysters and baked the perfect loaf of bread, all in pursuit of learning more about where their food comes from — and how it gets to their plate…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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World’s Nations Set Emissions Reduction Targets: Who’s Pledging What?

February 1, 2010 by  
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Photo via FBUSD As you’re likely aware, the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen ended with a whimper–in lieu of any binding agreement, nations signed onto the Copenhagen Accord. Which basically meant signing a statement of intent–and nations were to pledge voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and submit them by the end of January. Well, it’s February now.

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