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America’s Clean Energy Momentum: How’s your state doing? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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UCS - Clean Energy is Sweeping the Nation

The news is good. Despite our pro-fossil-fuel administration of climate change deniers, the use of renewal energy is growing across the United States. So says the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in their report Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progressreleased in April 2017.

Across America, the growth of wind and solar power generation is impressive. Over the past decade, wind power expanded more than tenfold, supplying energy to more than 20 million households in 41 states. Since 2011, solar power has sprinted ahead with more than 900 percent in growth. In 2016, two million more households now use solar-powered electricity.

That’s not all. Investments in energy efficiency, over the last 25 years, have reduced our need for constructing more than 300 large carbon-emitting power plants. Last year alone, we saved a year’s worth of electricity usage of 20 million households.

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A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight

A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight

The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity

Paul Rogers

Friday, July 07, 2017 by OpenDemocracy.net – by  Paul Rogers

 ‘What seems to be most significant today, and increasingly accepted within the FAO and other agencies, is that climate change is becoming a permanent reality affecting food supplies in many parts of the world. It is not something for the future, but is happening now.’ (Photo: Asian Development Bank/flickr/cc)

Six years ago there were fears of a transnational famine developing across much of eastern Africa. At least 11 million people were at risk in what might have been the worst disaster of its kind since the early 1970s (see “A world in hunger: east Africa and beyond“, 21 July 2011).     Continue reading

The Native Renaissance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Native Renaissance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

What do Achuar, Altai, Awa, Gunai, and Tat have in common? If you are not sure, how about Pee Posh, PNong, Yapa Yapa, and Yora? These are some of the languages of indigenous peoples across the globe. In fact, native peoples speak about 4,000 of the 7,000 languages that exist. The importance and value of native peoples cannot be overestimated in today’s discourses about the need for a balanced ecosystem.

There is much that the world can learn from native peoples about conservation, and the protection of the diversity that we call Planet Earth. But it has not been easy for these chasers of the sun. The lack of an indigenous policy has meant that in many cases the rights of native peoples have been violated.     Continue reading

Water Street | Walk with me in Georgetown. Guyana – Raphael video

Water Street | Walk with me in Georgetown. Guyana – Raphael video

Published on Jun 23, 2017

Explore Water Street form Stabroek Market Square to Guyana Stores and tour the New Indoor Mall at Fogarty’s on a Wednesday afternoon in Georgetown, Guyana.

Climate Change & the Water Cycle – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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The Water Cycle

As a geographer and former high school geography teacher, I must confess that I take some scientific facts for granted, such as climate and the water cycle. A recent post “Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students” by fellow blogger Robert Vella brought to my attention the challenges some of our high school science teachers face in regions of America where climate change denial creates havoc in the minds of our youth.

When your father has raised you to believe that the coal they once mined, or still mine, can in no way affect our climate, it’s difficult to have an open mind to scientific consensus on the issue.

Geography lessons in high school expanded my curious mind to our relationship with our world: land, oceans, atmosphere, and all the in-between. When taking a climatology course at university, I found myself at a disadvantage for having chosen to…

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American Cities and States Affirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement – by Rosaliene Bacchus

American Cities and States Affirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

by Rosaliene Bacchus    Reblogged from JoAnn Chateau:

 

If Donald Trump wanted to prove he is irrelevant, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement seals the deal. American mayors and governors are prepared to fill the gap. As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “When our national government falls down on the job, local government steps up.”

Mayor de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Adopt Goals of Paris Climate Agreement for New York City | NYC Mayor’s Office…

Read more… Go to the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

We the people of America who know that climate change is a fact cannot falter now in moving forward on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to clean energy resources.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

So it’s been raining in Guyana on and off since New Year’s Day 2017. Fact is, it has been raining more than not raining; and there seems to be no pattern as to when, how and where the rain will fall. The most certain thing about rainfall over the past three decades, is that there is no pattern; the rain falls at all odd times, and also in all odd places and in many cases, resulting in flooding. My question to you is; “Should it rain tomorrow morning, will you be singing that popular song by The Carpenters, “Rainy Days and Mondays always gets me down”?

Guyanese used to joke about it raining whenever Test cricket comes to town, but it seems now that whenever a group of boys or girls go out anywhere to play bat-and-ball, the rain comes.     Continue reading

Commentary: Guyana should come first and then… – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story within the Story… Guyana should come first and then…

Leonard Gildarie

A dear friend of mine and her family are here on vacation. She has lived in New York for the past two decades, has her own small business, and a daughter in college. She is seriously thinking of coming back here.

For many Guyanese living in Queens especially, life is tough in the private sector. Several small businesses along Liberty Avenue have been forced to close because of a drop in sales and the fact that more efficient and less costly services are being offered by the deep-pocket competitors.

It would mirror what is happening in the region and in Guyana, and drives home the reality that we are not alone in the world.     Continue reading

Easter in Georgetown | Follow me Around – video by Raphael

Easter in Georgetown | Follow me Around – video by Raphael

Published on Apr 26, 2017 by Raphael

Easter means kite flying in Guyana, Follow me as I walk on Regent Street and Camp Street on Easter Sunday and on the East Coast of Demerara on Easter Monday morning, as the vendors and the kite flyers come out.

Earth Day 2017: Environmental & Climate Science Literacy – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Earth Day 2017 - Adopt the Planet - NASA

Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day 2017. The theme is: Environmental & Climate Science Literacy. The three-year campaign begins with a March for Science rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. It will bring together scientists and supporters to demand that our leaders recognize the scientific truths across all disciplines, including climate change and other environmental issues.

“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet,” says Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. “Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.”

Earth Day Network is publishing Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits online that lay out steps for holding a successful event. To learn more about Earth Day Network and March for Science…

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