• Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050

    The Sahara Solar Breeder Project aims to begin by building a silicon manufacturing plant in the desert to transform silica in the sand into silicon of sufficiently high quality for use in solar panels. Solar power plants will be constructed using the solar panels, and some of the electricity generated will supply the energy needed to build more silicon plants to produce more solar panels, to produce more electricity. Leader of the Japanese team, Hideomi Koinuma from the University of Tokyo, said while no one has tried to use desert sand as a source of high-quality silicon before, it is the obvious choice and will be of high enough quality. The energy generated by the solar power plants will be distributed as direct current via high-temperature superconductors, a process that Koinuma said will be more efficient than using alternating current. He envisages a large network of…read more

  • Clinton Unveils Details of $2 Billion Military Aid Package

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday laid out details of a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan, a key regional ally in the fight against affiliates of the Taliban and Al Qaeda there and in neighboring Afghanistan. Standing next to Pakistan’s foreign minister in Washington, Mrs. Clinton announced that the Obama administration would ask Congress for $2 billion for Pakistan to buy American-made arms, ammunition and accessories from 2012 to 2016. The new military aid would replace a package that expired on Oct. 1. and complement $7.5 billion in civilian assistance the administration has committed to Pakistan over five years, some of which has been diverted to help the country deal with devastating floods. United States officials hope the announcement will reassure Pakistan of Washington’s long-term commitment to its military needs and help bolster its anti-insurgent efforts…read more

  • US Plans $2B in Military Aid to Pakistan

    The United States today laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the plan at the end of the latest round US-Pakistani strategic talks. The Obama administration will ask Congress for $2 billion for Pakistan to purchase US-made arms, ammunition, and accessories from 2012 to 2016. The new military aid replaces a similar but less valuable package that began in 2005 and expired on Oct. 1. It will complement $7.5 billion in civilian assistance the administration has already committed to Pakistan over five years, some of…read more

  • Cholera In Haiti: Preparing, Containing And Crossing Fingers

    The cholera outbreak in Haiti that has so far (officially) sickened 3,015 people and killed 253 should be containable, health officials say.But that’s only if desperate efforts succeed in getting clean water, treatment and isolation facilities, and wash-your-hands messages to the beleaguered population. In fact, the chief of staff at Haiti’s Ministry of Health is not so optimistic. “I have no doubt that it will arrive in Port-au-Prince, because people are moving a lot,” says Dr. Ariel Henry. “It will arrive during the next week, probably.” Five or six cholera victims have been identified in the capital so far. They were infected in the epidemic’s epicenter – the Artibonite Valley in Haiti’s central uplands, or around Saint-Marc, a coastal city northwest of Port-au-Prince…read more

  • WWE Danube-Carpathian Programme Office

    Green Economy
    The ultimate goal for WWF in the Danube-Carpathian region is to create a prosperous region built on and supporting its rich natural heritage. This programme is focused on that linkage and demonstrates win-win solutions that promote prosperity while conserving the ecological and sociological diversity of the region.
    Societies in the Danube-Carpathian region are living far beyond their means, using resources at a rate roughly twice the Earth’s ability to renew them. Businesses are a big part of the problem – and the solution.The business of business in the Danube-Carpathian…read more

  • Improving Capacity For Protected Area Management in Romania

    Romania is likely to benefit from itsrecent accession to the European Union by undergoing rapid economic development. Yet many fear this may be to the detriment of those natural areas which are still relatively pristine and,currently lack adequate management and protection. Thanks tofunding by the Mitsubishi Fund for Africa and Europe and the Association for Cultural Exchange, FFI is developing a capacity building programme for protected area practitioners in order to secure the expertise base and thus the long term conservation of Romania’s biodiversity…read more

  • Helping Romania Conserve Its Protected Areas

    Romania is home to a huge variety of habitats – from the Danube Delta, a World Heritage Site, to virgin forests. It contains vast expanses of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe. Romania’s forests are home to 40% of all Europe’s brown bears and 30% of its wolves. Grasslands, subterranean caves and an extensive river network add to the richness of the country’s park system.
    However, it faces a huge challenge to protect these natural treasures in the face of increasing economic growth and industrial demand for land. Although Romania has an extensive protected area network, the protected area administrations managing these parks are relatively young and urgently need to improve their capacity to manage these living landscapes. Thanks to renewed funding from The Mitsubishi…read more