Daily Archives: December 22, 2020

Ending Energy Poverty

World Bank
Nov 11, 2015

Globally, around 1.1 billion people still do not have access to electricity. About 2.9 billion use solid fuels—wood, charcoal, coal, and dung—for cooking and heating. There are many reasons for energy poverty—ranging from remote populations; untapped renewable energy; inefficient utilities; perceived investment risks; unhealthy cookstoves. The World Bank Group is working with countries to help overcome these challenges. #EndEnergyPoverty
To learn more, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/energy

Distributed Renewable Energy: A Climate-Smart Way to End Energy Poverty

The Rockefeller Foundation
Nov 20, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are threatening to reverse decades of humanity’s progress. One way forward – end energy poverty. Distributed renewable energy has the potential to get us there without exacerbating the climate crisis.

Great Transitions: Doubling Down on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Rockefeller Foundation

Dec 3, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the world’s extraordinary fragility and highlighted trenchant societal inequalities. Managing the pandemic has been hard enough and doing so while addressing other urgent stresses – like climate change, discrimination and violence – has added to the difficulty. The challenge is further heightened in the face of what may soon become recurrent interlocking patterns of environmental, economic, and social disruption.

What should be done to move forward? How can the world find a way out of this difficult situation?

These were the questions tackled by participants in 17 Rooms 2020, a yearly convening of leading experts and practitioners brought together by the Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation to channel ideas and energy into actions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A clear consensus from this year’s convening was that the SDGs are more relevant than ever, and should be used as a “North Star” to guide action out of the Covid-19 crisis.

The 17 Rooms Report sets out four Great Transitions: for justice, for the environment, for technology, and for the next generation. These transitions take us from today’s place of fragility and inequity to one of resilience and equal opportunity. The four transitions offer a fresh take on the SDGs as a guiding reference point out of the crisis, drawing from the insights of the 17 different working groups that came together in this year’s 17 Rooms process.

To learn more, visit: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org…

Wolff Responds: Congress’ Shameful Relief Bill


Published on Dec 22, 2020

Prof Wolff reacts to the new relief bill just passed by the US congress. He says that this bill, pushed by the Republicans and accepted by the Democratic establishment, is an awful betrayal of a huge number of Americans who are suffering because of this system’s level of greed for the few.

Earth Charter+20 overview

Earth Charter International

Published on Dec 21, 2020

Overview of the activities around the Earth Charter between the year 2000 to 2020.

What To Know About New Covid Strain Spreading In U.K. | All In | MSNBC


Published on Dec 21, 2020

How worried should we be about this new strain of the coronavirus? And will vaccines still protect us? Laurie Garrett and Chris Hayes discuss. Aired on 12/21/2020.

New coronavirus strain prompts global alarm

New China TV

Published on Dec 22, 2020

A highly infectious new strain of coronavirus recently reported in Britain has sounded fresh alarm on COVID-19 which has infected about 77 million people and killed some 1.7 million people globally.

Fountain of lava | Mount Etna eruption lights up sky in Sicily


Published on Dec 22, 2020

Sicily’s Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, was spewing lava hundreds of metres high, as the eruption in the southeast crater intensified. A stream of lava heading westward could also be seen at the break of dawn. Seismic activity increased overnight, according to reports.