Category Archives: Copenhagen


Of Pretty Women, the cleanness of clean cookstoves, and the sysiphian pursuit of financial promises

When it comes to “clean cookstoves,” to paraphrase a former US president, “it depends what your definition of the word “clean” is…

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Cancun: What they’re saying

News roundup on Cancun

The piece that really caught our eye was an editorial by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday which all but sealed the coffin on multi-lateralism and a UN-brokered solution to Climate Change in Cancun.

The reason we’ve chosen to share the nay-sayer’s perspective is because that US remains a major emitter of greenhouse gases and there exists a powerful lobby of Climate Change-deniers that have grown increasingly confident since the sweep by Republicans in the recent November mid-term elections.

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Cancun: A flat-line or heartbeat for energy poverty alleviation?


When it comes to deploying energy efficient technologies — like clean cookstoves, improved charcoal-making kilns, and sustainable alternatives to wood, charcoal, and animal dung fuels for the world’s three billion energy poor — the ratio of words to action and funding has, until recently, been woefully lopsided.

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Cancun’s Lost Kittens

The rural poor of the world are the custodians of huge quantities of terrestrial carbon. As an example about 60% of Africa’s carbon is found in the drylands of the continent. These are vast, sparsely vegetated areas mainly inhabited by poor farmers and pastoralists.

For poor farmers and pastoralists, conserving carbon is – of course – not a priority.

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Cancun and what it means for clean cookstoves, briquettes, and other appropriate sustainable energy technologies

Today marks the opening of the Cancun talks on Climate Change. They are a follow-up to last year’s Copenhagen discussion which, as everyone knows, did not yield the expected global agreement to effectively reduce greenhouse gases. A review of media coverage leading up to the Cancun event downplays expectations for any significant breakthroughs during this round. And if nothing substantive comes out of this week-long meeting, it will mark another nail in the coffin of the UN’s attempt to establish a globally binding agreement à la Kyoto Protocol. The outlook is not improved by the outcome of the US mid-term … Continue reading

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