Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

CFS41 Side Event on Right to Food Justiciability: Interview with Ms Rea Abada Chiongson


Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Published on Oct 22, 2014

http://www.fao.org/righttofood/news-a…

CFS41 Side Event “Right to Food Justiciability in Perspective”.
Interview with Ms Rea Abada Chiongson, Gender Specialist at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) on the key dimensions for the justiciability of the right to food.

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Virginia Sea Level Rise | Yale Climate Connections

October 22, 2014

Experts point to Virginia’s long coastline as especially vulnerable to sea-level rise​.

See:

http://www.environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/
and http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org

The Virginia coastline is popular with beach goers and history lovers. But it’s also experiencing one of the highest rates of sea level rise on the Atlantic coast — about a foot over the last century.

Many factors contribute, making predictions for the future complicated. The seas are rising, the land is sinking, and the Gulf Stream is shifting.

So to plan, Molly Mitchell of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science says experts use historic data and computer models to identify different scenarios of coastal flooding and predict which is the most likely.

MITCHELL: “Both the models and the historic data suggest that that rate of sea level rise is accelerating. And we’re expecting to see closer to about two feet by 2100.”

Mitchell says the state is taking the issue very seriously — looking at how to better monitor sea level rise, adapt to the changes, and incorporate these estimates into coastal planning. The proactive response makes her optimistic.

MITCHELL: “It’s not an insurmountable issue. It doesn’t have to be a crisis. It just requires some foresight and planning to deal with it effectively.”

As Virginia adapts to sea level rise, the state is becoming a national leader on the issue.

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ALGERIA – CO2 BURIAL IN THE SAHARA DESERT


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Uploaded on Jun 4, 2008

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

The new technique of capture and storage of CO2, which is used in Algeria since 2004 has yielded encouraging results. Each year, one million tons of carbon dioxide are buried in the Sahara in Algeria, equivalent, on average, to gas emissions by 200,000 cars travelling 30,000 km per year. It is a joint project between the British BP, the Algerian Sonatrach and the Norwegian Statoil.

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ZEP – The Hard Facts behind Carbon Capture and Storage

Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP)

Uploaded on Jan 27, 2010

For the past 40 years the world economy has run almost entirely on fossil fuels. Today, these supply over 80% of the worlds energy needs, a reality set to continue for decades to come. But while fossil fuels provide us with the stable electricity we need to power our nations and drive our economies, they also release billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide or CO2 into the atmosphere, thereby accelerating global warming.

Experts agree that we must reduce our expected emissions by at least 50% over the next 20 years. But with world energy demand expected to increase by 50% by 2030 and renewable energy to make up only ~30% of the energy mix by this date, only a portfolio of solutions can achieve this goal.

To find out more, visit:
http://www.zeroemissionsplatform.eu/t…

More videos and information:
Inside CCS: the workings of CO2 capture, transport & storage
http://www.zeroemissionsplatform.eu/i…

Safe Storage: Closing the carbon loop
http://www.zeroemissionsplatform.eu/s…

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Carbon Capture & Sequestration

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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2011

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Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy & Environmental News

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011

Is it possible to burn coal without putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? Coal accounts for almost half the electricity generated in the U.S. and up to 80 percent in rapidly growing countries such as China and India. Scientists have warned that carbon dioxide from coal, and other fossil fuels, is heating up the planet and changing the Earth’s climate. Correspondent Dan Goldstein takes a look at a new technology for washing out the carbon before it can get into the air.

General Electric chemist Bob Perry has developed a chemical for removing carbon from coal emissions based on the same types of materials used in shampoos and conditioners. It’s sprayed on the exhaust, or flue gas, absorbs the carbon dioxide and turns it into a powder. University of Texas at Austin Engineer Gary Rochelle is using a similar process on a test scale. Building a carbon capture system big enough for a real coal-fired power plant would cost about $1 billion and may double the cost to generate electricity, Rochelle says.

David Hawkins, director of the climate program at the Natural Resources Defense Council says if the nation is going to continue using fossil fuels, it has to use carbon capture. While the costs may be great, he predicts that utilities can spread them out over time. Pierre Gauthier of Alstom, whose company builds power plants in the U.S., says customers are already paying for pollution controls dealing with other environmental problems, such as acid rain, without complaint. One day the same will be true for carbon capture technology, Gauthier says.

Rochelle says his carbon-capture technology won’t be used on a commercial scale until utilities have some financial incentive to curb carbon dioxide emissions. A cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, which was defeated in Congress last year, would provide that incentive, Rochelle says.

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Carbon Capture & Storage – BP Technology

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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2011

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is technology solution for storing CO2 emissions underground in depleted oil and gas fields or saline formations deep in the earth’s sub-surface.

BP’s team has been working on developing the technology for more than a decade, researching how these techniques can provide a solution for reducing the world’s CO2 emissions now, bridging the gap until new technologies and alternative energy supplies are found to replace our dependency on fossil fuels. For CCS to succeed at the scale required to make a difference in terms of climate change mitigation, governments need to enact policy support for the short to medium term. Also, as with any emerging technology, it is important for governments and companies to work on public consultation and communication. In view of BP’s role in developing CCS technology, Lonelyleap decided to make a documentary that helps provide further explanation about this complex technology. It follows key members of the original BP CCS team as well as independent experts in the field from Princeton University. The film combines integrated 3D/2D animation with interviews across Europe, the United States and the Middle East to provide a comprehensive and engaging documentary. BP is using the film online, as well as at energy summits and conferences around the globe.

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Carbon Capture and Storage: A 2 Degree Solution


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Published on Sep 23, 2014

“An immersive animated journey depicting the scale of global carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption”

As the UN Climate Summit kicks off, the WBCSD launches a short 3D animation making the case for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the context of rising energy demand, a global net zero emissions target for society and the trillion tonne concept. The animation focuses on conveying the size of the challenges ahead and provides a sense of scale to intangible concepts such as CO2 emissions and large numbers such as a trillion tonnes of carbon.

CCS film methodology can be accessed here:
http://goo.gl/3HlpwP

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RSA Replay: City Growth Commission: Final Report Launch


The RSA

Streamed live on Oct 22, 2014

How can cities play a more significant role in our political economy, creating greater, more inclusive and sustainable growth in the UK?

The final report of the City Growth Commission is the culmination of more than a year of extensive engagement with key stakeholders, political leaders and officials at the highest levels in Whitehall, Westminster and local government. It offers a vision for the future of our cities and recommendations for boosting the UK’s long-term economic growth. Given the growing political momentum around city-led growth ahead of next year’s general election, the Commission findings offer a valuable opportunity to further shape the terms of this important debate, examining how public service reform can start to make cities more fiscally sustainable; how we can achieve complementary growth between London and our other cities; and the fiscal powers and governance arrangements needed to deliver these aims.

Keynote addresses from Rt Hon Lord Heseltine Ch and Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA Cities board and Leader of Manchester City Council.
The panel includes Jim O’Neill, Chair, City Growth Commission; Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils; Tom Riordan, Chief Executive Leeds City Council, Amanda Clack, Senior Vice President, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Ben Lucas, Chair of Public Services at the RSA.

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UN Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Detroit


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Published on Oct 22, 2014

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire says mass struggle against the powers that be is required in Detroit

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