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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Universal Access to Renewable Energy

A Challenge, An Opportunity, A Risk and A Strategy 
UN calls for universal access to renewable energy
In its annual Human Development Report, the UN Development Progamme (UNDP) said the UN has designated 2012 as the international year of sustainable energy for all. 
400 million in India have no access to power
A huge potential for low carbon growth.....but will absolute emissions always grow...?
See details below on Health without energy? - Without clean, modern energy people's health can be severely affected
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Stop biomass incinerators because they poison people, pollute the air, dry up rivers, and suck up clean energy money
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Planting trees under Carbon Farming Initiative

Friday, 16 December 2011 11:57 am
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Biodiversity Fund now open

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 04:59 pm
Australia’s farmers and other land managers can now apply for funding under the Biodiversity Fund,...

International progress towards cutting carbon pollution

Monday, 12 December 2011 06:03 pm
The Durban climate change conference has concluded resulting in further progress towards a new international...

Clean Energy bills receive Royal Assent

Monday, 12 December 2011 02:40 pm
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Carbon Farming Initiative launches

Thursday, 8 December 2011 04:34 pm
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Australia-NZ links on emissions trading

Wednesday, 7 December 2011 11:09 am
Australia and New Zealand have agreed to strengthen links between their emissions trading schemes in...

  • Almost half the world's population - 2.5 billion people - have no access to decent fuels for cooking
  • 1.5 billion people have no access to electricity
  • In Africa 85% of the population don't have electricity
  • 60% of energy is consumed by just 20% of the world's population
This is a massive problem, one that destroys lives and stops poor people escaping the clutches of poverty.

Practical Action helps communities to develop and promote sustainable energy technologies - sustainable, not only because they use renewable energy sources, but also because the community can participate in designing, building and maintaining the project.

The benefits to communities can be dramatic.

Health without energy?

Without clean, modern energy people's health can be severely affected

One of the greatest energy needs across the world is for cooking, something which we take for granted. Without a decent energy supply, people are forced to rely on biomass - wood or animal dung - for cooking.

Women and children can spend hours every day searching for increasingly scarce resources.

Once they start burning biomass, the thick acrid smoke cause's serious lung diseases turning kitchens into death traps.

Children and their mothers are most at risk, choking, retching and gasping to get air to their lungs which are being attacked and destroyed by smoke.

More people die from smoke inhalation than malaria.

According to the World Health Organisation, diseases associated with indoor air pollution claim 1.6 million lives every year - that's one person every 20 seconds.

Further Reading: Fuel for Life - Household Energy and Health, World Health Organisation