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NGO links for today

From Greenpeace:

“Today was a day to celebrate as CITES, the convention regulating the international trade of wild plants and animals, finally restricted the trade in key shark species and took steps to curb illegal logging.

From India, Chintan: 

Every day, millions of people across India earn a living by working in trash—this includes over 1.5 million wastepickers, as well as itinerant buyers, small and large waste traders, workers in these godowns and reprocessors. Their work involves picking waste, segregating it, cleaning it, dismantling it, transporting it and trading in it. They are effectively the primary recycling system in India and help keep the environment cleaner than it would otherwise be. But the work of the recyclers themselves is far from being a green job, and very far from being secure. While they offer invaluable services to the city, recyclers have few rights and operate in uncertain and poor working conditions. Every day, they are exposed to deadly poisons, are forced to pay bribes simply to do their job, are harassed and suffer violation of their basic rights. Chintan addresses this by helping build green businesses at the bottom of the pyramid, chiefly among wastepickers. Our understanding of green jobs in the Indian context builds on the widespread international understanding. We define a green job as one that not only results in environmentally sustainable goods and services, but also one that enables a worker to earn minimum wages, work safely and legally and not be exposed to toxins. Some examples of this are doorstep waste collection, composting, primary treatment of PET plastics, and safely dismantling complex electronic waste (e-waste)”

From the Worldwatch Institute (and especially Asia is doing quite well, contrary to the EU):

“Around the world, public and private investors are making an effort to update aging energy infrastructure, as evidenced by the fact that global investment in smart grid technologies saw a 7 percent uptick last year. On top of direct investments, numerous countries around the world are making headway on smart grid regulatory policies, development plans, and frameworks to support future grid infrastructure upgrades. Commonly defined as an electricity network that uses digital information and communications technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity transport, smart grids consist of many different technologies serving different functions. Such modernized grids are becoming more important as current grid infrastructure ages and regions begin connecting more variable generation from renewable energy sources into the electricity network.”

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