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COP15 conclusions by Greenpeace

Monday, January 4th, 2010

A few days ago I got an email from Greenpeace “Cool IT” campaign’s team; the mail reported some thoughts about COP15, the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference which took place in Copenhagen from the 7th to the 18th of December, 2009. Such thoughts are presented from the IT point of view, saying how it could help cutting CO2 emissions. Beyond the bitter conclusions about the poor outcomes, the “Cool IT” team invites ICT companies to plan new policies, to be presented at the next summit, Mexico 1010.
I thought it would be nice to share.


BAD09: climate change

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Today is the third Blog Action Day.
Though I joined the initiative since the first edition, I would catch this year’s BAD as an opportunity to bring some novelties on IT goes Green.
The themes chosen by BAD, today and in the past years, all intersect in a wider, urgent, critical topic which is sustainable development. ITgG always dealt with IT from that global point of view; this is why every BAD theme always fitted perfectly with this blog’s philosophy; this is why, also, boundaries among topics such as “Environment”, “Poverty”, “Climate Change” seem to be that blurred in ITgG’s posts; and this is why, finally, so many different solutions and theories are presented over this blog, as equally urgent and important.


from Gahna to India, by China

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

On the outskirts of Ghana’s biggest city sits a smoldering wasteland, a slum carved into the banks of the Korle Lagoon, one of the most polluted bodies of water on earth. The locals call it Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter Klein and a group of graduate journalism students from the University of British Columbia went there as part of a global investigation, to track a shadowy industry that’s causing big problems there and around the world.


good green

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Narrowing down the most important topics in science and technology is no easy task considering that it is our sciences and technological breakthroughs that are leading us both into and out of global climate change. Add to that the task of choosing the best for that category. We’ve considered long and hard, and have gathered together some of the best objects, concepts, people and resources that we want people to know about and consider.
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teaching copyright

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Recently, the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation (CAEF) unveiled its plans to disseminate a school curriculum titled “Think First, Copy Later” as well as other intimidating educational materials produced by the MPAA, RIAA, Business Software Alliance, and other content holders to frighten students into believing that making copies is wrong. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about legal rights and responsibilities in the digital era.


Hope Phones

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Hope Phones is a nationwide mobile phone collection campaign that collects old cell phones in the US to provide phones for clinics and healthcare workers in the developing world. Every cell phone given to community health workers connects distant patients to a medical clinic.


Cool IT Challenge

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The Cool IT Challenge is a climate change campaign born of the experience of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics: public pressure, humour and a bit of luck can move even the most stubborn industry giants into action. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector creates two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the bad news. The good news is that its services and products could cut the world’s emissions by an estimated 15 percent when applied in industry, buildings, transport and power sectors. The campaign’s website exposes the gap between what the IT industry could do to fight climate change, and what they’re doing today.


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