Monthly Archives: February 2016

2016 Island Sustainability Conference

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The 7th Regional Conference on Island Sustainability will take place April 11-15, 2016 at the Lotte Guam Resort.

This year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks joins the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability as a co-host of the conference as we explore topics pertinent to soft borders and remote regions. Both universities serve border regions far removed from the mainland US. The institutions are dedicated to supporting dispersed and disconnected “islands” within their regions and are committed to emergent research and awareness of sustainable practice and lifeways toward human survival.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Tony De Brum, Minister-in-Assistance to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The conference will inspire change, facilitate action, and provide a venue for sharing, networking, and collaboration of sustainability issues related to economic, social/cultural, educational, environmental or energy solutions. More

 

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Green jobs boom: The frontline of the new solar economy

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The growth in renewable energy is fuelling new jobs in Asia and Africa. Meet three beneficiaries of the new green economy from Zambia, Pakistan and Kenya

Placing solar panels on roof of house to charge, Longisa, Bomet district, Kenya
Placing portable solar panels on roof of house to charge, Longisa, Bomet district, Kenya Photograph: Corrie Wingate
 While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant number of jobs, the renewable energy job market is booming. It is estimated that it will grow to 24m jobs worldwide by 2030 – up from 9.2m reported in 2014 – according to analysis by the International Renewable Energy Industry (Irena), which predicts that doubling the proportion of renewables in the global energy mix would increase GDP by up to $1.3tn across the world.

The rise and rise of the solar industry has been the largest driver of growth. In 2014, it accounted for more than 2.5m jobs, largely in operations, maintenance…

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