Care for Trees? Use the Sun

Treating water with sunlight to make it safe and hot saves lives, improves health and prevents trees from being cut down for firewood. Le traitement de l’eau à la lumière du soleil pour le rendre potable et chaud, sauve des vies, améliore la santé et empêche les arbres d’être coupés pour le bois de chauffage.

Jordi Albacete – Environmental Journalist.

Treating water with sunlight to make it safe and hot saves lives, improves health and prevents trees from being cut down for firewood.

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Safer Water for Children for a Better and Affordable Health

The Swedish solar water purifier and heating system Solvatten collaborated, in 2016, with Kinondo Kwetu Clinic in Southern Kenya to improve health and hygiene in malnourished children.  Two years later the impact of Solvatten jerry cans on the health of children in this region has been dramatic.

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The Guardians of El Cerrado, the Forgotten Biome

In this article environmental journalist Jordi Albacete explores how rural communities in the Brazilian North East manage the desertification of El Cerrado’s biome, one of the most threatened biomes on earth.

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Exports of Ipê Wood, Illegal Logging and the Threat to the Ka’apor Indians

In this article environmental journalist Jordi Albacete reports on how the high market price of Ipê wood encourages  the illegal logging of this tropical tree and resulting battle between the Ka’apor Indians and the local lumber houses.

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Los Castores and the Challenge of Forest Governance in Colombia

In this article, environmental journalist Jordi Albacete, reports how a local group in Colombia swapped logging for reforestation. 

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Plants in the City: How Plants Can Keep You Healthy and Taste Great

The summer is just beginning and Jackie’s experiments for the garden are getting more and more adventurous. But where are all the bees? Cosmopolita Scotland’s Eco-Balcony is getting bee friendly.

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Plants in the City: Get Ready for a New Planting Year

Plants in the City is back! This year, Jackie is pushing herself outside of her comfort zone with an exciting new project involving bales of straw. In the Cosmopolita Scotland Eco-Balcony, we are getting started with some new chili varieties, and a DIY heated propagator. 

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St Kilda: Facing the Change

The population of Kittiwake seabirds in the island of St Kilda in Scotland is plummeting for different reasons, one of which could be related to climate change. In this video, made for the National Trust of Scotland, wildlife filmmaker Simon Goodall describes some of the challenges for this island. The National Trust is holding the Love Our Islands campaign where you can support researchers and conservationists to preserve the natural ecosystem.

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On a Mission to Save the Turtle Dove across Europe

In this article, Miguel López (SEO-BirdLife) tells us how one man’s determined mission to save the Turtle Dove is taking him on an epic hike across Europe.

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Divesting Savings to Mitigate Global Warming

2016 was a decisive year for the global commitment against climate change. Three events in November highlighted a critical moment in the global action against global warming. Firstly, the Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November. Secondly, the Agreement was ratified at the Marrakesh Conference between the 7th and 18th. Finally, Donald Trump won the election on November 9, after proclaiming in his campaign that the United States may withdraw as a subscriber of the Paris Agreement. Given the new political uncertainties in the climate agenda, a new strategy has been consolidated to put pressure on the markets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The divestment movement has resulted in 688 institutions and 58,399 individuals across 76 countries. Some governments, have even committed to “divest” their savings from fossil fuels to meet global warming mitigation targets. This means £4.1 trillion has been moved from funding fossil fuels to funding sustainable sectors such as renewable energy or social housing.

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