Paynter TiffanySpoken word artist Tiffany Paynter at Bermuda's Earth Hour celebrations at City Hall, Hamilton on March 29 2014.

Dr David ChapmanDr. David Chapman – who recently earned his PhD through the Royal Holloway University of London following research on renewable energy and its role in sustainable development in small island states — is continuing to share the results of his studies in order to help to positively focus the current developmental trajectory of Bermuda and other similar nations and territories.

Bermuda WavesThe song Proud to be Bermudian by John Woolridge reminds us that "our wealth is so much more than blue skies and pink sand . . . the truth is there is more to us". It is easy to find bad news in the paper; wouldn't we rather find things to be proud of? It's time that we stood up for what we think is right, take responsibility for things that are not working, and build a Bermuda we are proud of.

earth-day-2014The US Consulate will tomorrow [22 April] screen two environmental documentaries as part of the annual Earth Day celebrations.

The first features a park in Cairo, one of the most populated cities in the world, which was created out of a 500-year-old dump and the second focuses on green energy.

The documentary features the FedEx distribution centre in California, which uses clean solar energy to provide 80 percent of its energy.

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Elliot Primary School is one of eight Bermuda schools to have joined an exciting new programme aimed at promoting sustainability. The internationally-accredited Eco-Schools programme aims to empower students to change the way they live to better help protect the environment for generations to come.

IPCCThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which pools the efforts of scientists around the globe, has begun releasing draft chapters from its latest assessment, and, for the most part, the reading is as grim as you might expect. We are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes.

But there is one piece of the assessment that is surprisingly, if conditionally, upbeat: Its take on the economics of mitigation.

Over the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of doing some work with two of our large primary schools.

The schools are working toward their accreditation as part of an Eco Schools Programme and I have been doing work with them related to energy auditing in the classrooms and common areas of the schools.

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Interesting article from BBC News dated December 4th 2013, looking at how the energy we produce underpins pretty much everything we do and concluding that the UK's energy mix is set to change dramatically over the next 20 years.

By 2030, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expects renewables to be by far the biggest source of energy used in electricity generation in the UK, making up about 40% of the overall mix. 

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grease-ballsNews reports over the past few weeks involving raw sewage and tank water contamination have brought new focus on what are, sadly, not-so-new problems.

The practice of dumping raw sewage just a few hundred yards off Bermuda's pristine beaches has been in effect for generations. But for many people, both here in Bermuda and abroad, it was real news.

SPRI CanceledGovernment has pulled the plug on the Solar Photovoltaic Systems Rebate Initiative (SPRI) that offered residents up to $5,000 for installing solar panels in their homes.The scheme was introduced in 2009 to encourage home-owners to use renewable energy sources, and was referenced in the 2011 Energy White Paper as one of Government's strategies to get Bermuda to generate 30% of electricity by renewable energy by 2020.

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