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Greening the New Silk Road, American attitudes to climate change and Lebanon’s ancient cedars face extinction

Greening the New Silk Road, American attitudes to climate change and Lebanon’s ancient cedars face extinction

Greener Power Projects for the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) – NRDC

China's "Belt and Road" initiative is designed to create a new Silk Road across Asia and Europe. Five year into the programme, the Chinese Government has faced criticism for a lack of investment in renewable and green projects along the route. As the latest BRI Forum takes place, Han Chen looks at the current state of green investments and asks what more could be done.

Source: Greener Power Projects for the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) – NRDC

CBS News poll: Growing number of Americans think environment will be worse for next generation – CBS News

According to the latest poll from CBS News, over 60 per cent of Americans think the environment will be worse for the next generation. The poll also shows less than two thirds of Americans think Climate Change is a human phenomenon, with  22 per cent placing the blame on nature and 7 per cent denying there is any change. There are strong indicators that politics might determine these views, though whether that is responding to messages from these parties or naturally aligning with them isn't established.

Source: CBS News poll: Growing number of Americans think environment will be worse for next generation – CBS News

Planning row in Kerry over renewable energy station – Irish Examiner

Conflict between small-scale renewables and local communities have been high-lighted by a development in Ireland. Expansion plans for an anaerobic digestion plant in Kerry have been approved by the County Council, but local residents are continuing to fight to block the development. The process creates methane rich gas and fertiliser by reacting waste. Concerns have arisen about the potential smell, noise and road safety as all waste has to be shipped in and the plant is located near a school.

Source: Planning row in Kerry over renewable energy station – Irish Examiner

Samoa 2019 announces move to go single-use plastic free for Pacific Games – Inside The Games

Aiming to set a standard for others to follow, Samoa has announced a crack-down on single-use plastics at the forthcoming Pacific Games. Instead of single-use water bottles, the games will use a UV based filtration system to provide cleaning drinking water. Other events, such as clean-up days, will also be used to promote the Samoan games as "plastic free".

Source: Samoa 2019 announces move to go single-use plastic free for Pacific Games – Inside The Games

Breakthrough process lets researchers turn Carbon Dioxide back into Coal – Fanatical Futurist

Researchers at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, claim they've found a way to turn CO2 into a solid carbon form. Current extraction methods rely on turning the gas into a liquid for storage or reuse, or using high temperatures to cook it back into a solid. The RMIT researchers used a specially designed chemical to trap the carbon into flakes, offering the potential for the method to be commercially viable at scale. Although the carbon could be reused as fuel, the solid has good conductive properties, opening the possibility of using it as a "super capacitor" to power electric vehicles.

Source: Breakthrough process lets researchers turn Carbon Dioxide back into Coal – Fanatical Futurist

KawiSafi raises $70 million to expand East African solar off grid – Afrik 21

Building on $20 million already invested, investment fund KawiSafi has made available another $70 million for projects in East Africa. The region is seen as having good growth potential for renewables, as well as offering halo effects as infrastructure and quality of life improves. KawiSafi ("Clean Energy" in Swahili) aims to bring electricity to 100 million people.

Source: KawiSafi raises $70 million to expand East African solar off grid – Afrik 21

Eskom’s failing refocuses spotlight on renewable energy – Mining Review

As the South African power generator faces possible collapse, attention is turning to how to keep the lights on. The country gets over 3,000 hours of sun each year, throwing attention onto solar power. But efforts to build solar farms and install panels on roofs have so far been lacklustre, held back by a lack of regulatory reform and incentives. If Eskom fails, this could change.

Source: Eskom’s failing refocuses spotlight on renewable energy – Mining Review

UK runs for nearly 4 days without coal – @UK_Coal

According to a tweet from UK_Coal, the UK ran coal-free for almost 91 hours over the Easter Weekend. Coal fired stations are being decommissioned, and this milestone is seen as another step on the path to removing them completely from the National Grid. However, as coal fired stations can take days to restart, this doesn't mean they were inactive over the weekend and they would have still been burning fuel.

Source: UK runs for nearly 4 days without coal – @UK_Coal

Can Lebanon’s cedars outlive climate change and a pesky insect? – Al Jazeera

For millennia, Lebanon's distinctive Cedar trees have provided building materials to the Mediterranean. Deforestation has taken a dramatic toll, and less than 1 per cent of her original forests are left (barely 17 square kilometres). While climate change drives the trees to higher altitudes in search of favourable conditions, the sawfly has expanded, feeding on the tree's needles and further reducing stocks. Weak governments and failed reforestation programmes have brought the species close to extinction, but could renewed efforts bring hope to the ancient Cedar?

Source: Can Lebanon’s cedars outlive climate change and a pesky insect? – Al Jazeera

Barry Island beach rubbish cleaned up by frustrated residents – BBC News

The Welsh seaside town has been blighted with waste on its beaches. Residents finally decided to take matters into their own hands, mounting patrols to collect rubbish from the sands. Amongst their findings: plastic bags, nappies and sanitary towels.

Source: Barry Island beach rubbish cleaned up by frustrated residents – BBC News

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