New $50 Billion Development Bank’s First Investment Comes Online: A Solar Project in Shanghai

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:In 2015, the BRICS nations—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—set up a jointly funded alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, calling it the New Development Bank. This past weekend, they watched as the first project it financed began operations.Symbolically, the project involves solar energy, generating power from distributed rooftop installations in the Lingang industrial area of Shanghai. That’s in line with one of the bank’s founding goals: to finance sustainable development projects in the BRICS and other emerging markets.Based in Shanghai, the NDB was established with an initial subscribed capital of $50 billion, distributed equally among BRICS members. So far it’s approved about a dozen projects.The Lingang project was made possible by an NDB loan for 525 million yuan (about $80 million). Today it’s just getting started, with only a fraction of the eventual 100 megawatts of capacity going online Saturday (Sept. 2). When complete—in less than three years, if all goes to plan—it could reduce greenhouse emissions by up to 120,000 metric tons (132,277 tons), according to Xinhua (link in Chinese). The solar installations will be distributed over 1.5 sq km (.58 sq miles) of rooftops.The project meshes with China’s ambition to dominate in renewable-energy technologies, and to address the problem of its smog-filled skies. China is the world’s largest market for solar panels (measured by the number of panels), and it’s home to the world’s biggest floating solar farm.The first BRICS bank project to be up and running is, symbolically, a renewable energy plant New $50 Billion Development Bank’s First Investment Comes Online: A Solar Project in Shanghailast_img read more

India plans major renewable energy push to meet 2022, 175GW green goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:To achieve its goal of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, the Indian Government says in its end of year review that it will tender a further 60 GW of solar and 20 GW of wind capacity in 2018-19 and 2019-20.The aim is to close off bidding for the entire amount by March 2020, thus leaving two years’ time for the execution of projects.Despite the issues in the country’s renewables industry, the [Ministry of New and Renewable Energy] finds that globally, India now has the fifth largest installed capacity of renewable energy with around 73.35 GW as of October 31, 2018. Meanwhile, it ranks fourth in terms of installed wind capacity, and fifth for solar power.Out of the around 73.35 GW of installed capacity, 34.98 GW is said to comprise wind, 24.33 GW solar, 4.5 GW small hydro power and 9.54 GW bio-power. Furthermore, projects totaling 46.75 GW of capacity have been either tendered or are under installation, including 36.6 GW of solar and 9.42 GW of wind.Overall, it says that renewable energy accounted for 21% of the country’s cumulative installed energy capacity (347.37 GW), with 101.83 billion units of renewable power generated during the year 2017-18. Notably, during the last four and a half years, India’s cumulative renewable energy installed capacity jumped around 106%, from 35.51 GW as of October 31, 2014, to 73.35 GW as of October 31, 2018.In the grid-connected solar sector, the MNRE says that 47 parks with an aggregate capacity of 26,694 MW have been approved in 21 states up to November 2018. “Over 1,00,000 lakh acres of land identified for various solar parks out of which over 75,000 acres have been acquired. Solar projects of aggregate capacity 4195 MW have been commissioned inside various solar parks,” it adds.More: India will auction 80 GW of solar, wind capacity by March 2020 India plans major renewable energy push to meet 2022, 175GW green goallast_img read more

LWCF: The Biggest Four Letters in Conservation

first_imgCircle your calendar. September 30, 2015. That date will be one of the most important days in conservation history.Six months from now, the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s authorization from the U.S. Congress will either expire or be re-authorized.That’s right. The 114th Congress must decide whether one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in history will live or die.Fifty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act. LWCF is the fund used to create, expand, and protect parks, forests, wildlife, recreation areas, and special places.Most people have probably never heard of the program, but nearly every American has benefited from it.If you have visited a national park, national forest, or one of the 41,000 state and local parks across the nation, you have benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.LWCF is much like the Safe Drinking Water Act. It’s one of those little known successful federal laws that have made an enormous difference in everyone’s day to day lives. Because of the Safe Drinking Water Act, people drink water from the tap, take showers and baths and brush their teeth without having to think twice about getting sick. Unbeknownst to most Americans, because of LWCF, we have thousands of parks, trails, and special places to recreate and fall in love with outdoors.How important is LWCF? The Blue Ridge region is in the midst of a “Clean Water Economy” revolution. Kayaking, trout fishing, greenways, blueways, camping platforms and craft beers are just a few of the recreation industry engines driving this fast growing economy. One of the programs that taps into LWCF is called the Forest Legacy Program.Forest Legacy funds are leveraging private and state funding sources to secure protection of 8,000 acres along the East Fork of the French Broad River. This one project opens up a new portfolio of recreation opportunities and ensures clean water for the region’s craft breweries. Thousands of sustainable jobs are now a reality because we will be permanently protecting the French Broad’s headwaters.Other examples in the region include:Mountain biking—LWCF helped expand Lake James State Park, and in the process, created new areas for mountain bike trails.Hiking the Appalachian Trail—LWCF programs have acquired inholdings protecting the AT’s and the Parkway’s viewsheds.NEW OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS—LWCF funds have been used to help purchase Chimney Rock and save countless special places in the region such as Catawba Falls and the historically significant Overmountain Victory trail.So how do we save LWCF by September 30th?Several senators have championed the re-authorization and full funding of LWCF. Bill S. 338 has garnered widespread bi-partisan support. Support from the South is crucial. This is one piece of legislation the White House and Congress can agree on, but it will not happen if we do not get their attention.If you care about conservation, recreation, a clean water economy, and saving special places throughout the South, make sure your voice is heard. Tell your representatives to re-authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. One of the most successful conservation programs in our nation’s history must not lapse.Learn more about LWCF and how you can get involved at lwcfcoalition.orglast_img read more

World’s Longest Running Streak Ends

first_img78-year-old Ron Hill from Accrington, England, ran at least one mile every day for 52 years and 39 days, the longest running streak ever. The streak started Dec. 20, 1964 and came to an end last Sunday due to heart problems. Hill reported feeling pain in his chest 400 meters into a run, and after one mile, he thought he was going to die. Out of respect to his family, he decided to stop his streak and take a day of recovery.Ron Hill has run through many injuries and setbacks over the decades. In 1993 Hill broke his sternum in a car accident and managed to run the next day. In another instance Hill had bunion surgery and ran a mile in a cast with walking canes around his local track everyday for a week.Hill had a very successful running career in his younger days, competing in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympics, a course record of 2:10:30 at the Boston Marathon in 1970, and he held world records in the 10 mile, 15 mile, and 25 kilometer road races. Outside of his running career, Hill created Ron Hill Sports, a brand that revolutionized fabrics in athletic clothing.The next longest streak after Hill is 66-year-old California runner John Sutherland, who has run every day since May of 1969—that’s 17,420 consecutive days.last_img read more

Woman in SC Fatally Attacked by Alligator and other Outdoor Incidents this Week

first_imgPark ranger in Austin pushed into lake after asking crowd to social distance Severe storms on Sunday injured hikers in two different incidents over the weekend. A woman on Kiawah Island, South Carolina was killed by an alligator on May 1. Cynthia Renee Covert was at a friend’s home when she saw an alligator in a pond near the house. Covert decided to approach the alligator, her friend told police, and was about four feet from the edge of the pond when the alligator lunged out of the water and attacked. The friend called 911 while her husband ran to the pond with a shovel and began striking the alligator, but the animal dragged Covert into the water. When police arrived, a deputy shot the alligator, hitting it four times and killing it before recovering Covert’s body.  In a separate incident, a woman and man hiking in Percy Warner Park were badly injured when a tree fell. A 22-year-old woman was pinned beneath the tree, crushing her legs and shoulder. The man was more fortunate and was knocked clear of the tree as it fell. Both hikers were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Their conditions are currently unknown.  Woman in SC fatally attacked by alligatorcenter_img A man in Austin, Texas faces a felony after shoving a park ranger at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park into a lake after the ranger asked a crowd of people to practice social distancing. Brandon Hicks, 25, is seen in a video filmed by a bystander pushing the ranger into a shallow lake after the ranger asks a group of people to “disperse.” The Nashville Fire Department and Long Hunter State Park rangers rescued a 47-year-old man after he was struck by a tree while hiking on Sunday. The man suffered a severe back injury and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The man was hiking with his child and brother. The child was also hit by the tree and was taken to the hospital by the brother, where he was described as “alert.” Hikers in two separate incidents struck by falling trees near Nashville Hicks has been released from jail on $7,500 bond and is due in court on June 19. A person found guilty of a state jail felony faces a sentence of 180 days to two years, CNN reports. As a result of the incident, rangers in Austin are now required to approach groups in teams of two.last_img read more

Colombia and Peru Will Perform Border Military Exercise on Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 17 (EFE).- An official source informed today that the Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces will perform a joint exercise from June 30 to July 4 on the border of both countries on how to secure the area from drug trafficking flights. According to a press release from the Colombian presidency, this exercise ,called “Percol II,” is the continuation of the one initiated in 2006, which allowed to develop common aeronautical language and proceedings to improve and strengthen control of the air space on the border. Today the officers of both Andean countries gathered in Bogotá develop the coordination of activities in the border cities of Leticia (Colombia) and Iquitos (Peru). The exercise operation will consist of simulating the intercept of planes suspected of carrying drugs and weapons. Such simulations will be carried out through the exchange of mock information from command and control centres of both nations. Moreover, plans will be developed to effectively combat the illegal flights by utilizing existing infrastructure in Peru and Colombia.last_img read more

Fourteen Films Compete In Latin American Cinema’s Showcase In Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo October 15, 2009 Fourteen films, thirteen from Latin America and one from Spain, are competing for the top prize at the XXIVth Latin American Film Festival in the Italian city of Trieste, where a prize will also be given for the first time to the work that best promotes coexistence among peoples. The fourteen productions that make up the list of films in competition at the Festival are among more than 160 films that will be shown from 24 October to 1 November at the event, which annually provides Latin America’s largest cinematic showcase in Europe, as its artistic director, Rodrigo Díaz, explained to EFE. “The Trieste Festival is back for another year to show Latin American works that will have their Italian, and in some cases European, premieres. The big new thing this year is the Falklands Prize for the film that best promotes coexistence among peoples and international law,” Díaz explained. This prize, instituted in collaboration with the Argentine Ministries of Justice and Culture and the Argentine Film Institute (INCAA), is the great novelty of a festival with a significant tradition already behind it and in which this time a Spanish film is participating in the official competition, “Hoy no se fía, mañana sí” [Forever Waiting], by Francisco Avizanda. The other competitors include the Argentine films “Homo viator,” by Miguel Mato, “Andrés no quiere dormir la siesta” [Andrés Doesn’t Want to Take a Nap], by Daniel Bustamante, “Días de mayo” [Days of May], by Gustavo Postiglione, and “Desplazamientos” [Displacements], by Pedro Stocki. The Bolivian film “Cementerio de los elefantes” [Elephant Cemetery], by Tonchy Antezana, the Brazilian film “E probido fumar” [No Smoking], by Anna Muylaert, the Chilean films “El regalo” [The Gift], by Cristián Galaz and Andrea Ugalde, and “Grado 3” [Grade 3], by Roberto Artiagotía, and the Colombian films “Nochebuena” [Christmas Eve], by Camila Loboguerrero, and “Yo soy otro” [Others], by Óscar Campo Hurtado, are also participating in the official section. The list is rounded out by the Mexican films “A través del silencio” [Through the Silence], by Marcel Sisniega, and “Morenita,” by Alan Jonsson Gavica, along with the Dominican film “Hermafrodita” [Hermaphrodite], by Albert Xavier, one of the films that will receive its European premiere in Trieste. Once the competition is over, all these titles, which will be judged by a jury including Spanish producer Jaime Boix and Brazilian Antonio Urano, among others, will be shown in theaters in Rome, Milan, Padua, and Verona. In addition to the official section, this year’s Trieste Latin American Film Festival will pay tribute to the Brazilian filmmaker of Italian origin Rogério Sganzerla (1946-2004) with a retrospective in which twelve of his works will be shown and with the posthumous award of the Oriundi Prize, which promotes the memory of Italian immigration in Latin America. More than seventy works, including full-length films and shorts, showing various aspects of Latin American culture, art, and society will be shown in the “Contemporary” section. The XXIVth Festival will also include a retrospective dedicated to the bicentennial of the beginning of the independence of the peoples of Latin America from Spain, which will be commemorated next year.last_img read more

Argentina Proposes To Uruguay “Complete, Extensive, And Absolute” Monitoring Of River

first_img The meeting took place ten days after Argentine environmentalists lifted a three-and-a-half year border blockade protesting a pulp plant they accuse of contaminating the Uruguay River. “I’ve brought a proposal for the monitoring of the Uruguay River, based on science and in the interest of resolving this issue as quickly as possible and turning our attention to tasks as important as the union of our peoples,” Argentine foreign minister Héctor Timerman said at a press conference in Montevideo. Tuesday morning, before traveling to Montevideo, Timerman declared that Argentina and Uruguay are “almost there” in resolving the lengthy conflict. By Dialogo July 01, 2010 Argentina proposed to Uruguay that they perform “complete, extensive, and absolute monitoring” of the river they share, the center of a prolonged conflict between the two countries, and Montevideo announced that it would make a counterproposal next week. In his first foreign trip after taking office last week, Timerman met for forty-five minutes with his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Almagro, after which they were joined by Uruguayan president José Mujica and vice-president Danilo Astori for a two-hour joint lunch. In April, the International Court of Justice in The Hague found that Argentina had not provided “conclusive evidence” that the plant, owned by Finnish firm UPM (formerly Botnia), was contaminating the river and demanded that the two countries carry out joint environmental monitoring within the framework of the Uruguay River Administration Commission (CARU). As far as Brazil’s possible participation in the monitoring is concerned, the two foreign ministers indicated that this is something that the presidents of the countries involved will have to determine at a later stage. “We are ready for complete, extensive, and absolute monitoring of the entire Uruguay River along both banks and with all the guarantees that we all should have in favor of the environment,” he added, while refusing to disclose further details about the Argentine plan. On 2 June, Uruguayan president José Mujica and Argentine president Cristina Kirchner committed themselves to establishing criteria for the environmental monitoring of the river within two months.last_img read more

Chilean President Offers Help to China’s Trapped Miners

first_imgBy Dialogo October 19, 2010 The Chilean people wait impatiently for president Sebastián Piñera to institute the labor reforms within the mining industry and to hurry up with the regulation of the San Esteban Mine…we count on his promise… Chilean President Sebastian Piñera offered to help China with its latest mining disaster as he began a trip to London on 16 October , saying his country had learnt lessons from its own mining crisis. “I hope that the Chinese workers that have suffered an accident, and also in Ecuador, will be able to come back to life,” Piñera told reporters outside his hotel in London, where he arrived earlier at the start of a European trip. “And if we can be of any help, they know that they can count on us.” Rescue attempts were underway Saturday in central China to free 16 miners trapped underground following a coal mine accident that killed 21 of their colleagues. Meanwhile in Ecuador, four men were trapped in a gold mine. Piñera said his country had learnt lessons from the disaster-turned-tragedy that occurred in the San Jose mine in far northern Chile, where 33 miners were trapped for two months before miraculously being pulled out alive this week. “We have a lot to learn from this accident and one of the lessons is that we have to be much more careful and committed with the safety, lives, and health of our workers,” he told reporters, flanked by his wife, Cecilia Morel. The president is due to meet with new British Prime Minister David Cameron — who he said was “very good for England” — and Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, and will present them with gifts including rocks from the San Jose mine. “Also we are bringing the gratitude of all the Chileans because we received a lot of help from our friends around the world,” he said. The president will also find time to do some sightseeing, and has planned a trip to the British Museum as well as to memorials of wartime premier Winston Churchill, who Piñera has said he greatly admires. The London visit is the start of a European trip that will also include stops in Paris, where Piñera will meet President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Berlin, where he will have talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.last_img read more

Honduras Requests Support on Human Rights Investigation

first_img Honduras will receive aid from the United States and hopes to also receive it from Colombia and Spain to investigate accusations on human rights violations, including the murders of journalists and homosexuals, according to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on 27 January. “I requested the help of the United States, Colombia and Spain, to consult on the investigation of journalists and with regard to human rights violations in general,” declared Lobo during a press conference on the anniversary of his first year in office. According to Lobo, he has already received a U.S. Department of State compromise to create a “joint work force” with the Attorney General and the judiciary. Ten journalists were murdered in Honduras in 2010 in addition to some seven homosexuals in a wave of violence to hit the Central American country so far in 2011. “We hope that the situation will return to normal” with regard to human rights following the 28 June, 2009 coup against former President Manuel Zelaya. “What matters is that the State does not mandate committing human rights violations (…) it is one thing to say that crime exists, but saying that the State is killing people or inciting violence is different; there is no State mandate to violate human rights,” concluded Lobo. By Dialogo January 31, 2011last_img read more