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UN climate summit: ‘fair share’ system proposed to cut global emissions



Wealthy nations must do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions than their poorer neighbours if devastating climate change is to be avoided, according to a new study.

The ClimateFairshare project, an analysis from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Friends of the Earth, calculates how much financial support developed countries should offer for developing countries’ decarbonisation efforts. 

Based on historical emissions and nations’ populations and wealth, it puts forward a balanced system that could limit 2025 global temperatures to below a 1.5C rise from pre-industrial times.

Through an online tool, released ahead of a crucial UN climate summit on Tuesday, the study suggests that the US should cut emissions by up to 65% from 1990 emission levels by 2025, while handing out $634 billion (£389.2bn) to poorer nations.

To contribute its fair share, the UK must cut emissions by up to 75% by 2025 and transfer $49 billion (£30bn).

Developing nations, on the other hand, would mostly be net receivers in the system proposed by the study.

Though they have historically contributed relatively little of the greenhouse gas emissions that have accelerated climate change, developing countries are disproportionately vulnerable to its effects, such as extreme weather and falling crop yields.

Such gains would allow poorer nations to increase investment in renewable energy and improve access to crucial technology.

Brazil, for example, would be required to cut emissions by up to 35% while being subsidised by $65 million (£39.9m). China would be allowed to increase its emissions by up to 420% as it continues to develop, while receiving almost $500 billion (£307bn). 

“It’s the wealthy industrial nations that are largely responsible for the climate crisis we currently face, so it’s only fair they face up to their responsibilities by making large cuts in their emissions and funding climate action in the developing world too,” Asad Rehman, from Friends of the Earth, told the Guardian.

“It’s a basic moral principle that those with more responsibility have to take more action, and also that those with more wealth contribute more. What should each country do is an ethical question.”

The publication of the study follows renewed calls for wealthy governments to pledge to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, which was launched last year to help poorer nations tackle climate-related challenges and develop low-carbon economies. 

However, according to reports, pledges to the fund are expected to fall short of the $15 billion (£9.2bn) that developing nations hoped to raise this year. So far, Germany is the only nation to make a significant donation, having pledged $1 billion (£610m) in July. 

As 125 world leaders prepare for Tuesday’s summit in New York, the leading humanitarian agency CARE has said it “will not rest” until climate action is launched to help the world’s poorest.

“Every day we’re seeing how global climate disruption, including severe storms, floods and drought, is turning lives upside down in some of the world’s poorest places,” said CARE secretary-general Robert Glasser. 

“It is scandalous and unjust that the poorest are already bearing the brunt of climate change impacts, despite having done the least to cause the problem. 

“CARE calls on leaders meeting in New York to slam the brakes on climate change by cutting emissions and helping people living in poverty to adapt.”

Photo: Intel Free Press via Flickr

Further reading:

UN climate summit: wealthy nations urged to donate to Green Climate Fund

Desmond Tutu: ‘Nobody should profit from climate change suffering’

People’s Climate march: World takes to the streets to demand climate change action

Leading economies issued pathways to climate change targets

Germany pledges $1bn to UN Green Climate Fund



Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage



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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism



When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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