Small-scale solar systems can be owned by households,  communities or businesses (Pic: Department for International Development/Flickr)

UNEP’s trillion-dollar questions

It’s been somewhat challenging to keep up with the soporifics emanating from the various and sundry UN gatherings of the great and the good as part of the run-up to the annual December Dance of the Dynamos (aka the UN’s Conference of the Parties, in this instance COP21) being held this year in Paris. As…

UN: the “hope and home of all humankind”

I’m not sure quite where to begin this post on the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations! The UN’s perennially globetrotting (and obviously oblivious to his <gasp> carbon footprint) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has been out and about delivering carefully scripted speeches to all who’ve been commandeered to listen. In case you missed it (I know…

Through the eye of the needle

One of the things that continues to astound me about the ever-growing maze of arms, elbows. hands, fingers etc. of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – which, as I have previously noted, is the unchartered “child” of ECOSOC – is that regardless of what might be going on in the world, neither hell nor…

CBC disables my content!

Yet another in the sorry saga of my attempts to post a comment on a post I found on the website of Canada’s “National Broadcaster”. The rulers of which seem to be copy cats of those found at the notoriously censorious BBC.

A Friday funny from Florida … and another from Virginia

I can’t quite recall how my mouse and I first stumbled across the following, but it certainly made my day (and Amber‘s): Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue ‘freaked out’ (Reuters) – Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying the ferocious…

UNEP sails on the unchartered waters of the UN

Not too long ago, during the rather fruitless search for something or other in the ever-growing maze of the United Nations, I had stumbled across the Dag Hammarskjöld Library where one can (at least according to today’s tagline) “Explore the World’s Organization”. During the course of retracing our path through this maze, today, my mouse…

The two-faced UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is an ever-growing maze. Its latest and greatest growth project derives from the seeds it had planted during the Rio+20 jamboree held approximately two years ago. Needless to say, the activists were considerably less than thrilled with the outcomes; however, the UNEP’s word-salad tosser-in-chief, aka Achim Steiner, attempted to…