Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Improve your environment in celebration of Earth Day! Find events and ideas on EPA's Earth Day site, or create your own. Show the world your 'before and after' story on the Pick 5 Facebook fan page and pictures in the Pick 5 Flickr group. You CAN make a difference, so grab a friend, join with others to take action and celebrate from now through Earth Day weekend. Happy Earth Day everyone!
Pick 5 is an international environmental connection effort brought to you by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State.
Photo caption: Take action to help the environment. Submit before and after photos at http://www.flickr.com/groups/epapick5/.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release April 19, 2010
STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY
The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Last year, the State Department challenged our more than 60,000 employees worldwide to lessen the environmental footprint of our diplomatic work, and this year we are launching the Greening Embassy Forum to share what we’ve learned.
Today, environmental awareness and activism are on the rise across the world – proof that Earth Day’s teachings have begun to change all of us, and change the environment we share. We have come a long way these last 40 years, but we have so much more to do. And we need your help to do it.
So Happy Earth Day. Let’s make our country and our world as green as possible in the years ahead."
Monday, April 19, 2010
The cyber café houses a fully functional computer set up, comprising a thin client network of eleven monitors running off a standard Pentium 4 PC. Solar panels have been fitted to power the container, which will be located over 70km from the closet tarmac road.
“The reasoning behind this concept is that a number of partners were telling us about the problems in areas where there is no Internet connectivity or mains power,” Tony Roberts, CEO of Computer Aid International, explained to eWEEK Europe UK. “We had just done a research project on using renewable energy, and we found that the capital costs involved were quite expensive. Indeed, in one school we examined in Zambia, its solar panel provided only enough power to drive one PC and one printer.”
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Despite a lack of extensive data in many countries, the effects of climate change have been clearly visible in Africa. Because of Africa's heavy dependence on natural resources and agriculture, and because of limited capacities in many African communities, the repercussions of climate change are particularly ominous. Fluctuations in rainfall and an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events-particularly floods-are projected to put many people at risk in urban areas, while in rural areas, weather events-particularly droughts and increasing temperatures-are projected to significantly hurt crop production.