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To fight deforestation, Kenya in poverty ($857 GDP/capita) pledges to spend $20 billion & plant 7.6 billion trees

Top left: pupils of Olkimitare School planting trees at the school yard, one of Kicheche's projects; top right: working to encourage a ‘tree-planting culture’ among Kenya’s Christians, one of the most practical ways to bring healing to degraded landscapes & renewed hope to people who depend on wood as a key resource; bottom: members of GBM plant trees on an eroding hillside

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*Update* 2019
Ranking/Country/GDP-capita
1 Luxembourg 114,234
2 Switzerland 82,950
— Macau 82,388
3 Norway 81,695
4 Ireland 76,099
5 Iceland 74,278
6 Qatar 70,780
7 Singapore 64,041
8 US 62,606
9 Denmark 60,692
10 Australia 56,352
11 Sweden 53,873
12 Netherlands 53,106
13 Austria 51,509
14 Finland 49,845
15 San Marino 48,946
— Hong Kong 48,517
16 Germany 48,264
17 Belgium 46,724
18 Canada 46,261
19 France 42,878
20 UK 42,558
21 Israel 41,644
22 New Zealand 41,267
23 United Arab Emirates 40,711
24 Japan 39,306  read more »

Bravo! Most creative, productive int'l competition to save planet: Pakistan, 300 people planted 541176 trees a day

India managed to set a Guinness World Record just last month for the most trees planted in one day, with a tally of 447,874 individual saplings planted, but Pakistan has managed to up that even more Wednesday

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WWF has awarded Pakistan’s Environment Minister Leaders of the Planet title, an award to recognize individuals making a significant personal contribution to the global fight against climate change. Without mechanical equipment, covered in mud, and sweating in temperatures up to 37° Celsius, Pakistan set the Guinness World Record for tree planting, beating India in a most healthy & productive international competition contributing to endangered forests. 541,176 young mangroves trees were planted by 300 volunteers in just one day, breaking the previous 447,874 record held by India.

Pakistan set the Guinness World Record for tree planting, beating India in a healthy and productive international competition contributing to preserving fragile and endangered forests. With 541,176 young mangroves trees planted by 300 volunteers from the local fishermen communities just in one day, the country broke the previous 447,874 record held by historical rival India.

little Pakistani girl helps plant a tree  read more »

Vauban's streets are nearly "car-free": on outskirts of Freiburg, Germany - suburban pioneers give up their cars

many residents of Vauban, Germany have carts that attach to bicycles for hauling toddlers and groceries

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VAUBAN, Germany - Residents of this upscale community are suburban pioneers, going where few soccer moms or commuting executives have ever gone before: they have given up their cars.

Street parking, driveways and home garages are generally forbidden in this experimental new district on the outskirts of Freiburg, near the French and Swiss borders. Vauban’s streets are completely “car-free” - except the main thoroughfare, where the tram to downtown Freiburg runs, and a few streets on one edge of the community. Car ownership is allowed, but there are only two places to park — large garages at the edge of the development, where a car-owner buys a space, for $40,000, along with a home. As a result, 70 percent of Vauban’s families do not own cars, and 57 percent sold a car to move here. Vauban, completed in 2006, is an example of a growing trend in Europe, the United States and elsewhere to separate suburban life from auto use, as a component of a movement called “smart planning.”

To make sure that residents can live in Vauban without a car, it is a ‘mixed use’ community: stores, banks and restaurants are sprinkled along the main street of Vauban, and that street is within walking distance of all homes  read more »

Le Vigeant, southern France: green reflections - photographer reflected in seaweeds at a plant which produces green fuel

reflection on seaweeds at Seche environmental plant in France

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A photographer is reflected in micro seaweeds in a basin at the Seche environmental plant in Le Vigeant, southern France. Seche Environnement, which specializes in the treatment and storage for all types of non-radioactive waste, produces green fuel from seaweeds.

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Photos courtesy of Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Original Source: Times Online

19-year-old MIT freshman invents one-wheeled zero-emissions electric motorcycle

19-year-old MIT freshman Ben Gulak invented an electric motorcycle with one wheel

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Ben Gulak invented an electric motorcycle that landed the 19-year-old freshman on the cover of Popular Science magazine for developing number one of their top 10 inventions of the year.

Uno electric motorcycle

Uno electric motorcycle  read more »

Brazil a leader in green power: 50% of cars able to use 100% biofuel, 70% of electricity sourced from hydropower

Brazil has 40% of its cars being run on bioethanol from sugarcane and 70% of its electricity sourced from hydropower

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*update* Mar 15, 2018
Brazil is the third largest renewable energy generator
In addition to clean energy, Brazil stands out for its biofuel production. Influenced mainly by ethanol, Brazil is the second largest biofuel producer in the world.

Ethanol Biofuel

The largest national use of ethanol biofuel exists in Brazil (gasoline sold in Brazil contains at least 20% ethanol and hydrous ethanol is also used as fuel). In order for ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to be suitable for use as a replacement to petrol in its pure form, it must be distilled to at least 70-80% purity by volume before use.

Today almost 50% of Brazilian cars are able to use 100% ethanol biofuel, that includes ethanol only engines and flex fuel engines. Flex fuel engines are able to work with all ethanol, all gasoline or any mixture of both, giving the buyer a choice between price and performance.

Biodiesel is diesel fuel made from animal or vegetable materials. ..fewer pollutants than petrodiesel, although they also generally get slightly fewer miles per gallon  read more »

Nature fed up with animals being ill-confined, force-fed? 1st cows mad, then bird flu, now deadly virus from swine

A couple attempts to kiss. Across Mexico more than 1,300 people were tested for suspected swine flu infection and 400 were taken to hospital for checks. Health officials believe that tens of thousands, and possibly more, have been infected but have since recovered.

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While Indonesia's bird flu death toll climbs to 119, deadly strain (a nasty mash-up of swine, avian, & human viruses) of swine flu gets under radar of the immune system and pushes death toll in Mexico to 152 and climbing. "Residents [of La Gloria, Perote Municipality, Veracruz State, Mexico] believed the outbreak had been caused by contamination from pig breeding farms located in the area. They believed that the farms, operated by Granjas Carroll, polluted the atmosphere and local water bodies, which in turn led to the disease outbreak. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore According to residents, the company denied responsibility for the outbreak and attributed the cases to ‘flu.’ However, a municipal health official stated that preliminary investigations indicated that the disease vector was a type of fly that reproduces in pig waste and that the outbreak was linked to the pig farms. It was unclear whether health officials had identified a suspected pathogen responsible for this outbreak."  read more »

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