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Friday Updates 8th January 2016

A new year a new you or maybe a new adventure or lesson to be learned. We have compiled a list of our favourite articles this week from our SCI office. As we continue building towards peace we shine a light on happenings around the world working towards a brighter future. Enjoy our first of the new year’s Friday Updates.

4 ways women stand to lose more from climate change 
Peru to provide free solar power to its 2 million poorest citizens
The great bathroom debate : Paper towel or hand dryer?
Human beings have pushed Earth into an Anthropocene, scientists say
A Japanese town on target to produce zero trash

4 Ways Women Stand to Lose More from Climate Change

 

By now, many of you have heard about the historic agreement gaveled into existence at Paris’ COP21 summit. Hailed as "the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”, the deal aims to prevent global temperatures from climbing to more than 2 degrees its average since the Industrial Revolution. We’ve already surpassed 1 degree, and it has been widely agreed that hitting 2 degrees would submerge coastlines, cause pervasive droughts and wildfires, food shortages, and mass extinctions. There is one demographic that will suffer the effects more than any other: Women. The impacts of global warming, including the physical, economic, social and cultural repercussions, will put women far more at risk than men. Read more here

Peru to provide free solar power to its 2 million poorest citizens


The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide electricity to poor households through the installation of photovoltaic panels. The first part of the program aims to provide solar systems to 500,000 extremely poor households in areas that lack even basic access to the power grid. Unsurprisingly, it is a massive opportunity for domestic solar installers, and Merino has said that bidding for the contract will open later this year to fix the rest of the panels. Read more here

The great bathroom debate : Paper towel or hand dryer?

It's the age-old question that continues to baffle many of us in the bathroom: when you come to drying your hands, should you reach for the paper towel, or the electric dryer? For some, this decision might be related to hygiene, and for others, drying performance. For many, environmental concerns are also an important consideration, no doubt motivated by the fact that our daily activities contribute to the complex web of growing sustainability pressures facing the planet. Read more here

Human beings have pushed Earth into an Anthropocene, scientists say

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists. The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year. Read more here

A Japanese town on target to produce zero trash

We need to do some serious trash talking about Kamikatsu, Japan. Since taking on a rigorous recycling program, this southeastern town of 1,700 people is on target to produce zero waste, according to a documentary produced by the Seeker Network. After noticing the deleterious effects of incinerating its garbage, the town adopted a mandatory sanitation program that’s nothing to stick your nose up at. Since 2003, all residents now wash, clean and sort their trash into 34 categories. Read more here

 

 

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