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Solar Energy, "These advantages are global"

Posted March 3, 2014 Avatar Santiago_GEMConnect_CarolBaur_Mexico

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Solar energy, radiant light and heat from the sun, is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis. Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to har...


What is Hydroponics?

Posted March 3, 2014 Avatar Santiago_GEMConnect_CarolBaur_Mexico

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Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineralnutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, biochar,mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk. Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural conditions, soil acts as...


Namaste! #UNSLCD Kicks Off Here!

Posted March 3, 2014 Avatar JulieVOY

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Namaste! Wonderful opening statements from our 5 participating countries. UN Student Leadership Conference on Development kicked off this morning at the UN in New York in a videoconference. Student leaders of the conference, Andres from Colegio Carol Baur of Mexico and Kelly from USA gave their opening remarks for the conference before the videoconferencing sites were introduced. A resounding Namaste was heard from Chennai India who “expressed profound gratitude for being...


#UNSLCD Conference Day 1 - Subthemes

Posted February 28, 2014 no picture Jenna Darling

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The presentation for the sub-theme, "Sustainable Development" is good in acknowledging present day ways we can educate people universally on this topic. For example, through media. Commercials, advertisments, and popular websites that allow users to create pages or blogs furthers that idea. The sub-theme of Food Security recognize that the solution is not giving the people the food but to give them the ability to produce it themselves and to promote to not waste food.


Kerosene to light your world??

Posted February 28, 2014 no picture Charishma_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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In India, three hundred million people, about a fourth of the total population, live without access to sufficient electricity. Over one hundred thousand villages are yet to be electrified, and even the so-called electrified villages, have up to ten hours of power cuts or more every day. Villagers are forced to resort to other, cruder forms of power to light their homes after dark such as kerosene lamps. The government produces 12 billion liters of kerosene annually; however 5 billi...


The roots of development for a sustainable tomorrow!

Posted February 27, 2014 no picture Manusmriti_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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The words sustainable development appear quite often when we talk about our community and nation and our world. It is very important that we also understand them completely. All of us imagine a blossomed tree, but has anyone thought of the roots? Everyone has unique perceptions about this term and I would like to share mine. I feel that this term refers to the positive progressive evolution of each of us in all aspects- social, economic, political and ecological...


Decision Making in Developmental Projects

Posted February 25, 2014 no picture Guru_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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The most critical issue with development is getting the right resources to where they are needed most and ensuring that those resources are being used in a sustainable manner. The greatest failure of community development to this day is the wasting of resources due to a lack of knowledge of the realities on the ground. It is this lack of meaningful investment - “the tragedy of aid” - which is the reason why even though a lot of money has been allocated to development projects,...


Plastic Eating Fungi!

Posted February 16, 2014 Avatar Shivaani_GEMconnect_Chennai_India

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Polyurethane – hard plastics. It is used in gaskets, shoes, hose pipes, and more. Plastic is choking the Earth, it is being strewn all over the land, and it takes 450 years just to start degrading. I recently read a fantastic article that gave me tremendous hope and also reinforced the idea of the importance of biodiversity. Somewhere in the jungles of Ecuador, a group of students from Yale University, on their annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory, found a fungus that...


Sharing to conserve

Posted February 16, 2014 no picture kavya_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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In the Arabari forest range of West Bengal, Amit Bannerjee, a silviculturist was working on a project involving a type of hardwood tree. His experiments were constantly disturbed by the illegal grazing and harvesting of wood by the area's local population. At that time, the government viewed locals as a thieving nuisance .Mr.Bannerjee decided to take a different approach. He contacted representatives of various local communities of the area and drew up an agreement that discussed the sha...


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