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Public policy and serious games

The winners of USC’s Reinventing Public Diplomacy Through Games Competition have been announced. Micki Krimmel has a good round-up. Second place went to Hydro Hijinks:

A class project designed to promote discussion about international water issues and to educate players from around the world about sources of international conflict over water rights.

Clean technologies: the policy challenge

Warren Evans's picture

So, folks meeting this week in Cologne, Germany at the Carbon Expo, are looking for the best value for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. Why would a marketplace with thousands of project proponents (sellers) and carbon credit seekers (buyers) be important for developing countries? If you consider that 2.4 billion people use wood and other biomass for cooking and heating and that 1.6 billion people do not have access to electricity, you'll begin to understand why.

Private equity and emerging markets

I was able to catch today’s morning sessions at the Global Private Equity Conference and will link to the presentation when they go online next week. Comments on the event below the fold for those that are interested.

Getting paid to plant trees

Rural Kenyan farmers have joined the global carbon trade:

They are being urged to plant trees, not for firewood, timber or electricity poles, but for absorbing excess carbon from the environment - and they are being paid for it. Through this new concept, 45 members of Rongai Development Programme have each received Sh700 as motivation to join the trade by establishing carbon sinks (forests and tree planting projects)

What’s the future of the carbon market?

In the midst of reports that the carbon market might be facing a potential slump, Carbon Expo, the Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference, is opening this week in Cologne. What are the prospects for the carbon market, and what role can international organizations play in supporting the introduction of clean technologies? Can and should the private sector go beyond the requirements posed by regulators?

Clean technology going mainstream?

Rachel Kyte's picture

Despite the collapse of the European Carbon market at the end of last month (something to keep the corridors buzzing, we hope not moaning, at the Carbon Expo), investors minds are being concentrated on the real possibilities of abrupt climate change, and the potential of the clean tech market. What’s concentrating those minds: oil prices, the stirring of the body politic and some big players leading the way?

Development Marketplace winners announced

The winners of the 2006 Development Marketplace where announce yesterday. $5 million was awarded to 30 innovative projects that will help communities meet their basic needs for clean water, hygienic sanitation, and access to energy.