The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has committed $80 million to climate change adaptation projects in these three countries. A spokesman for the UN says "climate action is critical to advancing and securing development gains." The Green Climate Fund, established within the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, exists to help developing countries in their climate change projects. More information is given on the GCF website.
The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund has awarded a grant to the Chinese Community Development Partnership, starting in March or April 2018.
The money is to help in reducing carbon emissions, and in tackling fuel poverty within the Chinese community in Glasgow. Climate change projects which are community-led have a considerable chance of success. More details can be found at this website.
Fuel poverty is to be seen across the U.K., with many bodies working together to resolve the problem. See this article by Energy UK.
Can the supermarkets take the obvious step now? If we can't re-use - refuse to sell - which store will lead the way on June 5th 2018?
A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions, from a number of developed countries, has been formed to divest from fossil fuels, urging others to do the same. (The Independent, 3rd October, 2017) Although not financially of great significance, this coalition has set the ball rolling for other organisations to pledge divestment from the energy which drives climate change.
The vision of a world without dirty energy is echoed here:
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
(Teilhard de Chardin)
The changes which occurred as a result of a 1 degree increase in temperature, have affected the whole ecology of the lake. The fish population, fish and human food sources are casualties of this change. The scientific team will keep a close eye on this ecosystem, which may yet have more surprises.
Source - University of Alberta
NASA and Conservation International are partnering to map ecosystems connected to and including Mekong River to develop tools for evaluating the impacts of such threats as well as potential interventions on the entire Mekong Basin.
Woody Turner, NASA’s program manager for ecological forecasting in the Science Mission Directorate’s Earth Science Division. “With these initiatives, we aim to create and test standardized analysis approaches that can then be applied to ecosystems around the world, once again demonstrating the benefits to society of NASA’s satellite data and research.”
(See report by Samson Reiny, NASA's Earth Science News Team)
In February 2017 (see our archive on this page) we wrote about plastic pollution. We use plastic everywhere, and much of it finds its way into the oceans, causing marine life untold problems. As an example, - Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year.
There is another complex relationship between people giving to charitable organisations, those living in dire poverty, the charities themselves which help vulnerable communities, and the Governments who give permission for charities to work in their countries.
This blog was started by the Monday Group - which was set up in April 2016. Each item contains a link back to its source, where more information can be found. Comments are welcome