Monday, November 21, 2016

47 of the world's poorest countries are committed to going 100% green between 2030 and 2050.

Courtesy of BBC: 

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Haiti, among others, say they will update their national plans on cutting carbon before 2020. 

Delegates here welcomed the move, saying it was "inspirational". 

These two weeks of negotiations have been overshadowed to an extent by reaction to the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. 

But in an effort to show that even the world's poorest countries are committed to dealing with global warming, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) members have issued a promise to fully green their economies between 2030 and 2050. 

Termed the Marrakech Vision, the plan promises that the 47 members will: "strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible, while working to end energy poverty and protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances".

Well look at that. The poorest nations on the planet are working to save the planet, while in America we just voted in a guy who thinks that climate change is a Chinese hoax. 

Once again the world moves forward, while America trips over its own feet.


  1. Connie4:10 AM

    My SO (significant other) has been watching You Tube videos about Earth Ships, cheap energy, and how easy and inexpensive it is to live off the grid.

    Current technology is leap years ahead of what the USA uses for power. Our antiquated systems do one thing well, they line the pockets of the ogliarchy.

    1. Anonymous1:23 PM

      None of it matters.

      If people want to save the environment, stop breeding. The only way.

  2. Leland4:49 AM

    "Once again the world moves forward, while America trips over its own feet."

    Tell me about it. I was in the lobby of my bank waiting to order new checks and talking to the other person waiting for something. I could NOT believe he actually thought that windmills, such as those shown above, were built to "move the air around and balance out the temperatures".

    The other persons waiting were almost as flabbergasted as I was.

    1. Anonymous9:14 AM

      Stupidity in the US knows no depth.

  3. Anonymous4:56 AM

    On the reality show Survivor, every time a person thinks he/she is "in control" that person is blind-sided and voted off.

    As I type, I bet there are Allied countries figuring out a way to do just that -- vote the US off the planet. Trump will be sitting at the Kiddie Table on the world stage, tweeting his fury, making his lists and wondering how the f**k this ever happened...just like at Tribal Council.

    Only one difference, Survivors don't have guns.

    Wouldn't be surprised if there are demonstrations in every nation he visits on his Grand Tour (if he makes them).

    Any bets on how many days after January 20 before he starts a war?

    1. Anonymous5:33 AM

      That is kinda how I felt while watching baby bush reading that story to those little kids unaware of what awaits them. Well here we are today, still spinning, dividing, hating, fighting, and now lying about everything. Those children are now 21 yrs old, how did they vote?

  4. Anonymous5:09 AM

    Trump is going to have a very hard time dealing with people who don't like him. Gone are the days of only standing in front of adoring crowds. If you look at other world leaders - their knowledge and their ability to speak to issues off the cuff, to be diplomatic and careful with their words - and then imagine how Trump will represent your country. The next four years are going to be ugly and China is just going to love getting into a "war" with Trump on anything -- China is the largest foreign holder of US debt at some $1.24 TRILLION. And get into a trade war with China and just watch them retaliate -- check the "Made in" on just about everything you buy these days. Trump is truly an American Idiot.

    1. Anonymous5:35 AM

      Why chucks, he will speak as intelligently as the majority that voted for him.

    2. Anonymous8:37 AM

      The Walmartians will be livid... all that cheap Chinese stuff will no longer be there and NOTHING will take it's place. Get your cheap decorations this Xmas because who knows if there will even be any next year.

  5. Anonymous5:36 AM

    Meanwhile, in "greener" Canada, the government just announced that all coal fired electricity generating plants will be gone by 2030. Even now, over 70% of the country's electricity is produced without a carbon footprint. Proud of my country in still moving forward to make a contribution to slowing global climate change. I suppose the US will get on board when Trump's Florida properties start taking on water.

    1. Anonymous8:38 AM

      Kudos but until you shut down those horrendously polluting shale oil fields no cake for you.

  6. Anonymous6:24 AM

    One of the largest challenges for renewable energy is a means to store the energy for later use. Batteries are expensive and not very green.

    Researchers at Oak Ridge Labs may have made a large contribution to the solution.

    "OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 12, 2016—In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. "

    "The team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a complicated chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. With the help of the nanotechnology-based catalyst which contains multiple reaction sites, the solution of carbon dioxide dissolved in water turned into ethanol with a yield of 63 percent. Typically, this type of electrochemical reaction results in a mix of several different products in small amounts.

    “We’re taking carbon dioxide, a waste product of combustion, and we’re pushing that combustion reaction backwards with very high selectivity to a useful fuel,” Rondinone said. “Ethanol was a surprise -- it’s extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst.”"

    1. Anonymous8:39 AM

      "Someone" will buy this idea up and bury it.

    2. Connie10:01 AM

      I read Tesla purchased new battery tech. I could be mistaken as I can't find the original post.

      Guess my point is there are more companies promoting clean energy. Hard to bury everyone.


  7. Anonymous7:54 AM

    The US isn't tripping over it's own feet, but instead is tripping over dRUMPf's tiny little dick.

  8. Anonymous8:04 AM

    "corrupt governance Unprecedented"

  9. Anonymous10:30 AM

    I think that's great. It's too late, won't make a difference.

  10. When it comes to renewables America has a long way to go before they can claim they are number one. Five countries ahead of them in solar alone. We're behind in wind, geothermal and hydroelectric. Don't even go near nuclear. Thankfully we are behind there and hopefully will remain so.

    We could be number on in solar easily. China started a few years ago and already generates over twice as much as we do. Germany has always been a leader. Those two vie with each other to be on top. Even Italy and Japan produce more solar than the U.S.

    Make America great again? In solar we were never great, never mind again.


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