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Are electric vehicles the silver bullet?

In an era where there is a looming climate crisis that brings our very existence into question, it is a matter of little surprise that various stakeholders are involved in initiatives to try and reduce carbon emissions.… Read More

Posted in Climate Change Mapping Tools New Technology Outer Space Sustainability

The Uptake of Earth Observations for Environmental Services Assessments

Photographing the earth from space means more to us now than ever before. Space data feeds the increasing number of models, tools, products, and services that have mainly been created for breaching connectivity gaps and preventing natural disasters.… Read More

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After the “Second Goldrush” – Possible Impacts of Groundwater Law in California

Shortage of freshwater and drinking water is rapidly becoming a major concern, as it is in the case of California, where desertification of land is progressing, and groundwater levels have extremely decreased.… Read More

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Mining, Protests and Political Participation in Peru

Source of the Picture: Swissinfo.ch. See the multimedia  story on the recent environmental protests in the Tintaya mine developed by Swissinfo.

On November 12, 2019, 13 rural communities in the province of Espinar started a strike.… Read More

Posted in Climate Change Conflict Fisheries Mapping Tools Mining Sand Mining Water management

Video-Map of Sand Mining and Land Reclamation Sites in Indonesia and Singapore

This video-map starts in Singapore and a map of its land reclamations that increased Singapore by over 20 percent since independence. The Riau islands are shown of which a number already vanished due to sand mining often seen as related to illegal extraction that followed the export ban of sand to Singapore of a number of Southeast Asian countries.Read More

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Jewelry Auction Observations from a Millennial’s Perspective

 

This piece on the Christie’s Jewelry Auction is based off of a text conversation held over Facebook Messenger with two of my classmates, Tsering Lhamo and Ashwini Tallur, who were also in attendance that evening.Read More

Posted in Energy Natural Gas Natural Gas Pipelines Security State

Nord Stream 2: Natural Gas as a Security Threat

The United States recently imposed heavy sanctions against those companies currently involved in the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline, once again highlighting the important role of Natural Gas in influencing the international political agenda.… Read More

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Associating Solar Energy and Combined-heat-power (CHP) Systems in the Urban Environment

District heating (DH) systems represent a major contribution to local energy production, especially considering countries where heat energy play an essential role in ensuring comfortable conditions for urban activities. Generally, in the urban environment DH becomes part of a regional or local CHP network that is combined with electricity production in CHP plants.… Read More

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Should 11.4 million EUR of Dutch Aid be Redirected as the Current Project contributes to Poverty and Environmental Degradation in the Bay of Jakarta?

By the end of this year, the Dutch government will have spent 11.4 million EUR in aid on a  project that does not adhere to the Dutch standard of Official Development Aid (ODA) and violates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by destroying the livelihoods of local fisher communities as well as the environment. Read More