U.N. releases plan to help world’s largest economies avoid climate catastrophe

Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute

effrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said talking in the abstract was failing to produce the deep changes needed to move to a low-carbon global economy. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

There is general agreement that the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 was a failure and that since then little to no concrete action has been taken by the world’s major powers to alleviate the causes of climate change. But perhaps now there is at least a glimmer of hope.

On Tuesday, the United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.

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Solar trees set to open in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Solar SuperTrees at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

You may recall I did a series of stories earlier this year about Siingapore’s green transformation. One of these stories featured Singapore’s waterfront horticulturally-themed park Gardens by the Bay. The long awaited opening day is now just days away – set for June 29th. And one particular area the crowds is sure to seek out will be the Solar Super Trees in Bay South. Located mainly in a Supertree Grove, these 18 fantastical “tree” towers soar up to 164 feet (50 meters) in height and are embedded with photovoltaic cells to collect solar energy. They’re also entwined with a living skin of bromeliads, ferns and climbing flowers, all of which are illuminated at night. With these and the hundreds of thousands of  remarkably colorful plant species and cutting edge green features that abound throughout the park, visitors may well end up being gloriously and delightfully overwhelmed.  Gardens by the Bay, its domed conservatories, lakes and sustainable building technologies is sure to become one of Singapore’s national icons.