Blessed with gigantic oil deposits, Abu Dhabi has the world´s highest per capita consumption of energy. Now, a green metropolis is being built there, eventually to become a center for regenerative forms of energy. Is this going to work ? A report from the construction site.
Although Kenyan companies lost out in the first round of international contracts on carbon emissions reduction, the fact that a number of carbon market consultancy firms have decided to base themselves in Nairobi means they should do fair better in the next round. KenGen, the electricity generator that is exploring geothermal opportunities, Mumias Sugar Company, the sugar manufacturer producing electricity from cane waste, and the East Africa Portland Cement that is using biomass to generate energy for its kilns are some of the likely first beneficiaries. One of the reports in the series entitled “Kenya companies lose out on carbon trade”, illustrates the wider picture of how Kenyan companies are pursuing climate change investment projects to create cheaper, cleaner energy and create new revenue flows.
Climate change is real, it is happening and its consequences are devastating. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Indus Delta which lies in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan. Due to rising sea-levels and declining levels of fresh water in the Indus River, the sea has intruded 54km upstream along the river, destroying fertile land and killing off the thick mangrove forests. With the help of WWF-Pakistan, the local fishermen are adapting to climate change by planting new mangrove species and installing wind turbines to take care of their energy needs. Mangroves provide rich breeding grounds for fish, in addition to protecting the coast from storms.
As the only journalist from Singapore invited to cover the World Energy Summit J. Cheam gained access to world leaders to discuss renewable energy and climate change issues. The result was a package on climate change and energy that provides insight into the world’s rapidly evolving energy landscape and the global shift towards renewable energies. The story was written to appeal to a wide audience but also includes local voices and facts to make it relevant to the local reader. It was accompanied by a published online blog on carbon offsets which Jessica had purchased to offset her travels. The entire package was published as the cover story of the Saturday section of The Straits Times, and was subsequently republished by various publications.
The Arctic has lost more than a third of its ice during the past 30 years. A record meltdown in summer 2007 shrank its sea ice down to 4.2 million square kilometers, from 7.8 million in 1980. If melting continues at this increasing rate, some scientists project that the Arctic summer could be ice-free by 2013.
Raghida Haddad was awarded by the World Federation of Science Journalists to join an international scientific expedition onboard the Canadian research icebreaker Amundsen. In July-August 2008, she navigated for two weeks in the Arctic Ocean to get first hand experience of global warming where it is unfolding the fastest, find out what research the 50 scientists were doing onboard, and relay this experience to readers. She was the first Arab journalist to go this far north and field report about meltdown and global warming.