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SD bulletin 36

Send date: 2011-05-01 10:00:00


SD bulletin 36
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Advanced Training Program: May 2011
Coming Up Next at VIU
The May 2011 schedule of the Advanced Training Program is full of events. Delegations of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (MEP), the National development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) and the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (BMEPB) will be next at VIU.
UNEP Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in SEE
The Workshop "Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change for Reducing Security Risks in South-East Europe (SEE)" will take place on May 19-20, 2011, on San Servolo Island, Venice.
The event is organized by UNEP in collaboration with the VIU-TEN Center and the REPROS research centre of the University of Siena.
"Fattorie Toscane"Produces Green Energy from Biogas
"Fattorie Toscane" is one of the first big cattle-breeding farms (2,500 animals) to have decided to combine the traditional meat production chain and the renewable energy production chain.
The most interesting characteristics of this project is that biogas (mainly methane) will only be produced from the farm discards, for instance, manure.
A Stop on the Incandescent Light Bulbs in China
The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is planning the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with the energy-efficient bulbs, already widely used in USA and Europe. It would seem that the 100W incandescent light bulb production will cease by 2015, and the replacement of all these bulbs (75W and less) will be completed by 2018.
New Hydrogen Fuel
A new concept for the transport market is to encapsulate hydrogen into a nano-porous polymer made of tiny micro-fibres 30 times smaller than a human hair, making it possible to handle it safely at ambient temperature and pressure. The new material could also be made in the form of micro beads that can be poured and pumped like a liquid. It could therefore be used to fuel cars and aeroplanes at a lower cost and with minimal modifications to current tanks and engines, and without producing carbon emissions.
UNEP: 2% of Global GDP for Greener, Smarter Growth
A report compiled by UNEP's Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide suggests a pathway to reach the goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases on a global level while fighting poverty at the same time.
The "Big Splash":Global School Experiment
In occasion of the 2011 edition of World Water Day a global chemistry experiment was launched involving the testing of water quality by school children all over the world. From March 22 to 25 more than 1,000 15 to 18-year-old students in the Cape region of South Africa tested water quality, measuring salinity and acidity and learning how it is filtered and distilled.
World's Largest Tidal Power Plant in Sound of Islay (Scotland)
Scotland is regarded by energy experts as having one of the best tidal power resources in the world. In particular, off of the west coast in the Sound of Islay offers both high currents and shelter from storms.
To make the best use of this potential the Scottish government said that in this area the world's largest tidal power station will be built. The power plant, which looks like an underwater wind farm, will generate about 10MW of electricity, enough to provide power for around 5000 homes.
That's the Right CH2OICE: Certification for Hydropower
The hydropower is an energy based on fresh water, on natural river power, but is it true that there are no negative impacts on natural river equilibrium and its fish? This is what the CH2OICE project is about: defining and testing an agreed methodology for volunteer labelling of hydropower production of the highest environmental standard.
Organic Food, a Transboundary Network: the Loa
At last there is a common approach on the certification of organic food. Eight international associations agreed on a common protocol: the Leading Organic Alliance (Loa). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Nuremberg on February, 16, 2011 during the Biofach.


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