Low Carbon Economy Depends on 2 Degrees of Separation

Between ambition and reality. This is what the latest PwC Low Carbon Economy report is talking about: current trends indicate a 40 C global economy warming while key actors talk about 20 C.

Source: PwC

Source: PwC

According to the report, the global average temperature will hit an increase of 3.4 to 4.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless carbon emissions are cut five times faster… than they are right now. Is it doable?

That’s what the 2015 Climate Change conference (COP15) will be all about: negotiating the negotiated.

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Europe Dependency on Russian Energy

And who has more reasons to fear Russian energy bans.

Gazprom has just reduced its energy exports to Romania as of today. The figure pretty much explains Western silence or slow motion in dealing with what we may call the Eastern European crisis since this goes well beyond Ukraine.

europe dependency on russian energy

Source: Eurostat as published by Global Trade Information Services

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Haiti: innovating to help the most vulnerable

Originally posted on UNICEF Connect - UNICEF BLOG:

(c) UNICEF Haiti/2014/Nybo

“Kore Fanmi” means “family support” in Haitian Creole. (c) UNICEF Haiti/2014/Nybo

Bertha Pierre is a 49-year-old grandmother living high atop a mountain in a one-room shack with five family members. Their hut is a three-hour hike from the nearest town, and the family has called it home since a flood destroyed their house a year ago.

“Life has just been very difficult since last year, May 23rd,” she says. “That’s when we were hit with a flood that washed away all the topsoil, and killed all our farm animals. Since then, it has been very difficult to make ends meet. We have nothing. We have no land and we have no animals.”

But – a pilot programme is being launched with the aim of improving the lives of people just like her: the most-vulnerable Haitians, living in the hardest-to-reach areas. It’s called “Kore Fanmi” — which means “family support” in…

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Big Spenders

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Email vs Social Media Marketing Infographic

Apparently, I have been away for so long that WordPress switched to a new editor. Interesting layout! So here is my new September 1 post: Email marketing vs Social Media Marketing Infographic.

Do you use any of them and which one do you prefer: inbox or social?


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First Ebola Suspect in Romania

Update. Officially not Ebola, definitely a malaria case!

A 51-year old Romanian guy returns from Nigeria some 2 weeks ago. Nobody bothers to check him or his medical condition even if the Ebola outbreak dates back prior to his arrival.

ebolaThe man gets to go on holiday at the seaside and today he even queues outside the hospital accusing symptoms similar to Ebola. For two weeks, the guy wanders around the country, meets and greets family or friends, and only today checks in at the hospital.

The lab tests confirming or not Ebola will only be available after 72 hours since Romania does not have a lab facility to run such tests.

Some days ago, the health officials assured the population that an Ebola virus outbreak in Romania is unlikely. It takes 72 hours to find out.

According to the WHO, the transmission of Ebola is fairly quick:

Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

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Ebola: a survivor’s story from Guinea

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Kadiatou’s was one of the earliest cases of Ebola in the country. (c) UNICEF Guinea/2014/Timothy La Rose

Shortly after the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, when it seemed like bad news was the only news, UNICEF’s office in Guinea started to receive reports of something that seemed almost impossible given the climate. Ebola victims were being released from the hospital, completely recovered. They were healthy and even given certificates signed by health authorities stating that they could safely return to normal life.

We knew that there would be a few survivors, but the initial days of the outbreak were grim enough to turn most optimists into cynics. Talk of very high mortality rates; a rapid spread of the virus to the capital and beyond the borders in neighboring countries; and a palpable fear on the streets zapped the psychic energy of us who live and work here.

But there they…

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