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More Affordable Wind Power for Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot reported on April 24, 2015 that Dominion Virginia Power is putting its offshore wind power plans for Virginia Beach on hold due to unexpectedly high costs.

 

Desert Agriculture in the Navajo Nation

As of April 1, 2015, the Navajo Nation Council instituted an extra 2-cent sales tax on junk food and sugary drinks within the borders of its sovereign territory, the largest reservation in the U.S., which extends across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  The tax, put in place as the Healthy Diné Nation Act, is intended to discourage consumption of foods without nutritional value and in turn make healthy foods like whole fruits and vegetables more affordable.  The Council plans to spend the revenue raised from the new tax on health and wellness programs.

 

Clean Energy Alternatives for the Caribbean

On April 9, 2015, President Obama met with the leaders of several Caribbean nations in Jamaica, where he announced the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), a new $20 million funding initiative for green energy production in the region.  As a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.

Treating Drug-Resistant Malaria in Southeast Asia

On February 20, 2015, NPR News reported on a recent study conducted by doctors at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok.  The study discovered an increasing incidence of malaria resistant to artemisinins, an important class of antimalarial drugs.  

 

Farming and Foreign Aid in Haiti

Last fall, over 20 film directors participated in the short film initiative “WE THE ECONOMY,” a series of bite-sized looks at common but important questions people have about economics. 

 

Off-grid Solar Power in Rural India

From February 15-17, 2015, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hosted the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-Invest) in New Delhi.

Ebola and Hunger in West Africa

On February 12, 2015, the World Bank Group announced $15 million in financing to supply record amounts of staple crop seed and fertilizer to the nations most heavily affected by the recent ebola virus outbreak: Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  The funds will come from grants supplied by the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) and its Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction Trust Fund. 

 

The Transformative Power of the Commons

On February 11, 2015, NPR News highlighted a report issued by Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies.  The report lists 51 technology “breakthroughs” that the authors

Energy Diversification in Zambia

A recent report by BBC News highlighted the threat to energy security in the southern African nation of Zambia posed by structural instability at its aging Kariba Dam.  The dam, constructed in 1959 to capture hydro power from the Zambezi River, is a key source of electricity for both Zambia and neighboring Zimbabwe. 

 

Solar Energy and Sustainable Desalination in the Middle East

The recent World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and International Water Summit (IWS), both held from January 19-22 in Abu Dhabi as part of the city’s Sustainability Week, highlighted the Middle East region’s growing need for environmentally-sustainable methods of water desalination to provide clean water to growing populations.  

 

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