The ECOreport looks at a one year-old startup company that is bringing solar energy to unreached parts of Mexico
“Can you imagine spending an entire day without electricity? Can you imagine the desperation you would feel? Can you imagine not being able to use the Internet, your cell phone, your appliances, or your lights? Now imagine living without electricity every day of your life and relying on candles for light. In Mexico there are millions of people for whom this is not an imaginary situation, it is the reality of their daily life.” – Vitaluz
By Roy L Hales
Yusef Jacobs discovered the need during his fourth semester at university. People in the poor communities he visited either did not have electricity, or were paying more than he did for his house. This seemed like a great social injustice. He designed the prototype of what has become the Vitaluz battery/control system from a box of cookies. Now, with the help of David Perlo from Gifted Citizen and former law student Eduardo Calderón he is bringing solar energy to unreached parts of Mexico.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions
Originally published on Center for American Progress
By Gwynne Taraska, Pete Ogden, Nancy Alexander, and Howard Marano
This column previews a forthcoming report from the Center for American Progress and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.
To date, 17 countries of the G-20—which account for 67 percent of global greenhouse gas pollution—have officially joined the Paris Agreement, bringing it into effect far sooner than anyone expected. If these countries follow through with their commitments to reduce emissions, it will represent unprecedented progress in the global effort to curb climate change.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed explaining the who, what & how as the four Global Trade Deals fight for their lives
Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk
by Zachary Davies Boren
Free trade deals around the world are in crisis, just as the UK is preparing to negotiate a clutch of new agreements that would replace its membership of the European Union. For the world’s fifth largest economy, Brexit couldn’t have come at a more turbulent time. The global free trade agenda has endured a nightmare 2016. Each of the big four deals in the pipeline – TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA – has found itself in roughly the same position: Fighting for its life.
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The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?
By Roy L Hales
Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone, or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?
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The ECOreport reposts an announcement of North America’s Climate, Energy & Environmental Partnership
Press Release from the Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The Paris Agreement was a turning point for our planet, representing unprecedented accord on the urgent need to take action to combat climate change through innovation and deployment of low-carbon solutions. North America has the capacity, resources and the moral imperative to show strong leadership building on the Paris Agreement and promoting its early entry into force. We recognize that our highly integrated economies and energy systems afford a tremendous opportunity to harness growth in our continuing transition to a clean energy economy. Our actions to align climate and energy policies will protect human health and help level the playing field for our businesses, households, and workers. In recognition of our close ties and shared vision, we commit today to an ambitious and enduring North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership that sets us firmly on the path to a more sustainable future.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: As their nation’s leaders prepare for the for the North American Leaders’ Summit, 6 NGOs in Canada, Mexico & the US Formulate Climate Strategies
Originally Published on the Pembina Institute
TORONTO – More than ever before, the United States, Mexico, and Canada are politically aligned on the topic of climate change. This alignment creates a unique opportunity for the three countries to launch a coordinated climate strategy to propel the shift to clean energy across the continent.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED pointing out that Renewable Energy Does Not Change Corporate Capitalism
Originally Published on Local Futures
By Steven Gorelick
Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon tax, bigger subsidies for wind and solar power, divestment from fossil fuel companies, massive demonstrations, legislative fiat or some other strategy, but the goal is generally the same: replace dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy. Such a transition is often given a significance that goes well beyond its immediate impact on greenhouse gas emissions: it would somehow make our exploitative relationship to Nature more environmentally sound, our relationship to each other more socially equitable. In part this is because the fossil fuel corporations – symbolized by the villainous Koch brothers – will be a relic of the past, replaced by ‘green’ corporations and entrepreneurs that display none of their predecessors’ ruthlessness and greed.
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The ECOreport reposts a press release that asks: Are Infrastructure upgrades the way out of poverty?
Originally Published on University of Oxford News
Revamps, such as surfacing roads and joining them to the city grid, dramatically push up prices of the adjoining land and properties, says the study to be published in the journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto measured how households who owned property in the upgraded roads were also allowed to spend more on credit so they could buy items for the home or cars that made them better off.
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Deep in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsular, a Mexican Village Uses Solar Power To Purify Water
Originally Published on MIT News
By Jennifer Chu
Deep in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula, residents of the remote Mexican village of La Mancalona are producing clean drinking water using the power of the sun.
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