Harnessing Sun, Wind, and Water Power Still Face Financial, Political, Physical Challenges

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Press Update:

Manila, Philippines – Challenges to upscale the implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects must be immediately addressed if the global goal of 100% renewable power by 2050¹ is to be achieved.

Power harnessed from the sun, water, wind, thermal vents and biomass currently supplies a mere 16.7% of the world’s power. In a new report, Meeting Renewable Energy Targets: Global Lessons From The Road To Implementation, major challenges inhibiting RE project implementation in seven countries – the Philippines, China, India, Germany, Morocco, South Africa and Spain – are identified.

The report is a collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to highlight key findings and understand which factors are crucial to reach national RE targets, based on learnings from the seven countries.

WWF Global Climate and Energy Initiative leader Samantha Smith says that while setting targets represents a clear commitment to renewable energy, simply setting these targets is not enough. “The real job is to create an enabling environment, including financing, assured access for the poor, infrastructure and capacity-building. This is what will ensure these targets are achieved.”

The report shows the challenges to be:

Balancing policy flexibility and stability
Implementing policies that promote cost competitiveness.
Identifying appropriate funding and investment security frameworks
Transparency and accountability of decisions
Achieving wide-scale political and social acceptance
Mapping institutional and stakeholders discrepancies and diverging interests
Overcoming infrastructural lock-in to conventional energy sources
Policy reliability with long-term planning
Sufficient human capacity building

“Financing is a particularly significant challenge and WWF’s recently-launched Seize Your Power! campaign urges governments and financial institutions worldwide to increase investments in RE,” adds Smith.

WWF Global Energy Policy Director Dr. Stephan Singer says upscaling the implementation of RE is possible “If countries avoid the mistakes and learn from the successes of countries which have pioneered implementation.”

“Today, 138 countries across the globe have set RE targets – most to be met by 2020. But RE targets, important as they are, serve merely as icing on the cake. Local and national participation by stakeholders, sound national technology assessments, schemes to provide affordable and clean energy to the poor, financing the needed cost of capital and infrastructure, grid integration, monitoring success and bottlenecks as well as a good compliance system are all crucial parts of a sound implementation plan to make renewables the key energy supply source in the coming decades,” he adds.

Says World Resources Institute (WRI) International Financial Flows and Environment Project Manager Athena Ballesteros, “The report’s case studies show how successful RE implementation needs far more than financing and technology – it needs good governance. Ensuring transparency and public participation in energy planning, effective policy design and investments in human know-how and capacity are crucial to move RE projects forward.”

The report, a collaboration between WRI and WWF, provides clear evidence that numerous factors are required to reach national RE targets. “If addressed appropriately and consistently, these barriers can become opportunities for creating fundamental and solid conditions for successful RE implementation,” adds Dr. Singer.

“With RE investments expected to spike in coming decades, it makes sense to maximize our natural assets,” says WWF International Asia Pacific Energy Policy Manager Rafael Senga. “In the 1970s, the Philippines had the foresight to invest in indigenous geothermal power. We must again retrace that path and invest in one of the country’s few competitive advantageous – our vast renewable energy resources. And we need to do it now!”


Call for Environment-themed Entries to ASEAN Photo and Docu Film Festival 2013

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Press Announcement

Entries to the ASEAN Festival of Photos, Reportage and Documentary Films 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam are now being accepted.  Deadline for entries is on October 31, 2013.

There are four categories in the Festival, namely Photos, Photo Group, Reportage and Documentary Film.  Participants may be an organization, group of authors or individuals who are citizens of an ASEAN member country.  Winners of the Festival will be awarded medals, trophies and certificates as well as cash prizes. Awarding ceremony is on December 17, 2013.

Subject matter of the entries must carry the theme of the Festival—“Environmental Protection and Climate Change in ASEAN Community.”

The Festival aims to promote the building of a sustainable clean and green ASEAN through photos and video reports and documentaries that highlight the achievements in environmental protection.  It also seeks to honor the contribution of individuals and organizations from all ASEAN member countries to environmental protection activities in the region.

This year, the event will be hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications’ Center for Press and International Cooperation.

More information about entry requirements and submission may be obtained from the Organizing Committee of the ASEAN Festival of Photos, Reportage and Documentary Films 2013 at festival.asean2013@gmail.com

Clean Your Kidneys Naturally

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Another  Facebook share How to Avoid Dialysis and Cure Kidney Disease, that nay be of big help  to everyone . . .

Cleanse and detox your kidneys naturally.
Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted substances entering your body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro
(Coriander Leaves ) and wash it clean.
Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot.
Pour clean water in and boil it for ten minutes.
Let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle.
Keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination.
Also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

10 Best Healing Spices and Herbs from your Kitchen

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Another wonderful share from Miguel Romero . . .


This golden spice, used in almost every meal in India is very valuable. “It is a very powerful healer. It prevents growth of cancer cells and thus can prevent cancer,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduces swelling caused due to pain. “It also said to prevent Alzheimer’s and said to reduce severity of pain caused due to arthritis, “says Mumbai-based nutritionist Maithili Pashtekar. This spice also acts as an antioxidant that helps lower cholesterol.

Often used in coffees and other desserts, cinnamon is said to have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels. “This spice contains antioxidants that help lowering levels of bad cholesterol, “says Naini. More good news for women- including this spice in your diet will also ensure less painful cycles.

Good ol’ ginger candy has always been an instant cure to motion sickness or has curbed a feeling of nausea. The spice does more than that. “It improves your digestive process and prevents stomach disorders like flatulence, “says Naini. It is also said to regularize blood flow, thus maintaining your blood pressure.Basil
Holy basil or tulsi is said to be a great de-stressor as it “reduces levels of serotonin, “Maithili says. Try a tea made of basil leaves and ginger for relief from indigestion, headaches and fever. Chewing on leaves of basil could also reduce symptoms of bronchitis and asthma.

This condiment lowers your chances of getting cancer. Other than that, according to Naini,”it helps in lowering bad cholesterol and keeping your blood pressure in control. “It also has anti viral properties and helps in clearing your sinuses. “It helps to digest iron and protein, “says Maithili. Garlic is also a powerful antioxidant that protects your body against damage from free radicals. It also serves as an antibiotic. 

Cumin powder in water with salt and lemon is probably the best way to curb a diarrhea attack. “It also acts as a blood purifier and is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps, “says Naini. Due to its cooling properties, it is added to most drinks and juices during summer.

Mustard seeds is said to curb the growth of cancer cells it also has anti-inflammatory properties and is said to restore normal sleeping patterns in women with symptoms of menopause, “says Maithili. It also reduces severity of asthma and lowers high blood pressure.

Saffron is a powerful antioxidant too. “It is said to be an anti-depressant and can cure bladder, liver and kidney disorders, “says Naini. A pinch of saffron in your tea can relieve you of a cold too. Saffron also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Rubbing saffron on sore gums can provides relief.

Known as elaichi, this spice is also effective in curing stomach cramps. It is also said to cure other stomach disorders like flatulence and acidity. “It also improves your circulation to your lungs, Maithili says. Boil water and add mint leaves and cardamom to it and have it to cure hiccups, suggests Naini.

Mint or pudina is known to ease symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. It is also known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Mint oil when rubbed on your forehead soothes headaches too. Mint paste while applied on pimples and acne can cure it.

Removing Gallstones Naturally

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By: Dr. Lai Chiu Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Dr. Lai is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone’s concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. “Cancer is never the first illness,” Dr. Lai points out. “Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

In my research in China , I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It’s a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can’t digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area.” So if you think you have gallstones, Dr. Lai offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.


1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.

2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.

4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. “Usually they float,” Chiu Nan notes. “You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many.”

“Even if you don’t have any symptom s of gallstones, you still might have some. It’s always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.

Article source and detailed success story: http://happyhomemaker88.com/tag/dr-lai-chiu-nans-gallstone-natural-remedy/

Cucumber Coolness


sharing  from Miguel Romero. . .

Cucumbers are very easy to grow and make for a delicious treat. But did you know they can prevent hangovers, or clean the kitchen sink? Below is a list of tips and tricks you can do with cucumbers.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. 4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!