Copenhagen Ends. Reading Assignment for All.

The document the world has been waiting for since the announcement of COP15 is now available for download. I am no legal expert on the matter, so it will be a while before i can post my analysis. The consensus amongst the scientists and NGOs however, points to the Copenhagen Accord being far too weak to be effective.

Read and discuss the Copenhagan Accord, if you are up to it.

Video: How to Repair the World

I follow Stephen Fry on Twitter, and his tweets range from the mundane, to the observant, to the funny. A few hours prior to this  post being published, Mr Fry posted a twit about the video above, produced by WeForest.com, which is to be presented at COP15.

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FD Using FSC Certified Paper

Het Financieele Dagblad (FD) is a Netherlands-based newspaper that was awarded  the Dutch FSC Award last month for their commitment to sustainable forest management.

The FSC is the most well-known body that provides independent evaluation of the sustainability of a forest management scheme for countries, organizations, or any other body that owns and manages a forest for commercial purposes. Forest managements that pass the FSC’s stringent evaluation criteria are awarded a certificate that affirms the responsible management of a forest.

FD is one of the first newspapers in the world to be printed on Forest Stewardship Council Certified paper. With 2.5 million kilos of paper used every year, and a history that stretches back to the 18th century, the move to print their newspapers using FSC certified paper is a strong statement of commitment towards sustainability.

Hopefully, others will follow their example.

News via the Forest Stewardship Council

Petition of Support

Coal fire power plants are an issue worth taking up if you are concerned about the general health of the local populace, and climate change.

In Sabah, the issue of coal fire plants is a contentious issue as the local government seeks to increase the number of coal fire plants in the state.

A group called GreenSURF claims that in reality, there is more supply of power in Sabah than demanded. If true, this means there is as yet no urgency to build another coal fire plant, but it is simply enough to maintain the existing infrastructure while investing in Greener technology to power our energy needs.

While Greenpulse is not privy to this issue, we do support a stand that there should be an independent body to keep the government in check, and to ensure that funds are not wasted upon short-term gains at the risk of long-term environmental degradation.

That said, we urge all Malaysians to sign the following petition in support of GreenSURF in their own words:

…agree to be part of and support this coalition which aims to create awareness on global warming, climate change and energy issues in Sabah,and build a platform where these issues can be discussed in an open and transparent manner, with the ultimate goal of supporting the development of cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy in Sabah.

News courtesy of Zhi Yiing.

Correlation between Insect Repellent and Penis Defect Hinted

While we all know the harmful effect insecticide and insect repellents impart upon our general health, it’s only when we are reminded by scientific research what the exact harmful effects these chemicals impart that we may consider eschewing these harmful chemicals all together.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph brings news about the increased rate of hypospadias in male children with increased use of insect repellents by their pregnant mothers.

The exact definition of hypospadias is

Hypospadias is an abnormality of anterior urethral and penile development in which the urethral opening is ectopically located on the ventrum of the penis proximal to the tip of the glans penis, which, in this condition, is splayed open. The urethral opening may be located as far down as in the scrotum or perineum. The penis is more likely to have associated ventral shortening and curvature, called chordee, with more proximal urethral defects.

Follow the link for a full mediacal description.