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Gasoline Grows On Trees

Apparently scientists have known that we can grow oil for years, and not in the grow-corn-make-oil kind of way. The Brazilian Copaifera langsdorfii can be tapped (ala maple syrup) for a natural diesel fuel that requires only simple filtering before being poured into a truck. (This picture is of the tree's cells.) The catch? The diesel only has a shelf-life of about 3 months.



So how many trees would it take to match the oil output of, say, Saudi Arabia?



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Added by Kenneth Westling on April 3, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

EU industry sees emissions rise

Carbon dioxide emissions from Europe's heavy industry sectors rose by 1.1% in 2007, say carbon market analysts. The estimate is based on initial data from the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which includes more than 10,000 large industrial plants. Environmentalists say it shows that the scheme, the EU's main mechanism to meet its Kyoto target, is not working.



But market watchers say the ETS, in the long term,… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on April 3, 2008 at 12:12am — No Comments

'No Sun link' to climate change

Scientists at Lancaster University found that there has been no significant link between variations in solar activity and cosmic ray intensity.



Presenting their findings in the Institute of Physics journal, Environmental Research Letters, the UK team explain that they used three different ways to search for a correlation, and found virtually none.



Scientists have produced further compelling evidence showing that modern-day climate change is not caused by changes in the… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on April 3, 2008 at 12:03am — No Comments

"A Challenge of Economic Statecraft"

In a speech hosted by the Center for Global Development ahead of next week’s Spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick outlined a plan for sovereign wealth funds to invest 1% of their holdings in equity in sub-Saharan Africa as a way of tapping long-term global liquidity to boost investment opportunities and development. His speech:



"Last October, shortly after joining the World Bank Group, I proposed a vision to guide our work: to… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 2, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

You Gotta Have Faith

Led by the People of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a new global effort was launched this week by Ted Turner to raise $200 million to fight malaria in Africa. The new initiative, organized by the United Nations Foundation, will:



• Educate and mobilize the UMC and LWR’s combined constituency of more than 20 million people concerned about malaria and related diseases of poverty;

• Provide financial support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 2, 2008 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

“A Traves de Nuestros Ojos” (”Through Our Eyes”)

“Over the past 7 weeks I have seen first-hand not only the fear of discrimination for a positive HIV status, but also the reality of this fear. It’s everywhere. I see it in the patients’ eyes when they describe that they have recently been fired simply because their boss suspected that there was infection nearby…sometimes in the partner of the employee. I hear it in the interviews that I am holding with patients to better know their needs…they speak of the fear that they live with, for if… Continue

Added by Mary on April 2, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

First movie of 'tsunami' on Sun

Astronomers have captured the first footage of a solar "tsunami" hurtling through the Sun's atmosphere at over a million kilometres per hour.



The event was captured by Nasa's twin Stereo spacecraft designed to make 3D images of our parent star.



Naturally, this type of tsunami does not involve water; instead, it is a wave of pressure that travels across the Sun very fast. In a solar tsunami, a huge explosion near the Sun, such as a coronal mass ejection or flare, causes a… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on April 2, 2008 at 10:53am — No Comments

Building Science, Technology, Innovation and Knowledge Systems for Uncovering Modernity in Africa

Dear All,



Some members of Development Crossing may be interested in the blog below on a strategy - a strategy of ‘Subversive Rationalization’ - to pull Africa towards some form of distinctive modernity. Any comment? .. ..
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Summary: The paper provides a speculative reflection on the power of modern science, technology and innovation systems (STI) for revealing some distinctive style of modernity in Africa. The modernization of these systems, as the backbones of any…
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Added by Jacques L. Hamel on April 2, 2008 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

It's not always greener on the other side

Everything is green nowadays. It’s the talk of the town. Newspapers are full of the latest green apocalypse heading our way. Bloggers blog green left, right and center - with fonts and pictures to match. Activist are up in arms about green washing and washing our greens. Governments want to govern what green means. The celebs and stars shine their special green glow all over us. Business jockey to out-green each other. And consumers are turning green with envy when the Joneses outdo them with… Continue

Added by Henk Campher on April 1, 2008 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

VALUE-BASED FRAMEWORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



In the same article on New Nationalism, I advanced the thesis for value-based integrated frameworks.



The classical frameworks of development were largely rationalistic models, or Western-oriented. I don’t have a problem with accepting Western development frameworks. However, I found out in my own long practice of social development that they don’t completely work in the field.



The… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 1, 2008 at 3:31am — 2 Comments

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