With Dilrukshi Handunnetti
As impacts of climate change grip
the world anew, some positive developments took place
last week with two inventive ideas being globally
recognised for their ability to help combat climate
On April 14, a US$ 6 solar powered
cooker was awarded the climate prize. This special
cardboard box also dubbed the "Kyoto Box" is powered by
solar energy and can be used to cook food.
This invention which could help
three billion poor people cut their greenhouse emissions
won a $75,000 prize for ‘ideas to fight global warming.’
The Kyoto Box is named after the
Kyoto Protocol that seeks to reduce global greenhouse
gas emissions. This invention is aimed at billions of
people who use firewood to cook.
Developed by Jon Borhmer, a
Norwegian based in Kenya, this unique box will cost just
5 euros or US $6.60 and can be used not just for cooking
but also to boil polluted water that could be made
The proud inventor on April l4
declared that it was aimed at ‘saving lives and saving
trees’ as the world goes through drastic climatic
The other finalists at the climate
awards competition were a garlic-based feed additive to
cut methane emissions from livestock, an indoor cooling
system using hollow tiles, a cover for truck wheels to
reduce fuel use and a "giant industrial microwave" for
Now, Boehmer is ready to try his
invention in 10 nations including India and then gather
data to back an application for carbon credits.
More than 190 nations have now
agreed to work out a new U.N. climate pact to succeed
Kyoto at a meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 as
economic recession hits the world with full force.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest
polluters, the United States in February this year came
up with an invention to light up Florida with green
A Florida utility and a real estate
developer aims at bringing the country’s first
solar-powered city to the sunny state and is hopeful
that his invention will be well received.
Florida Power & Light is now
working with the realty group Kitson & Partners to
construct what is likely to be the world’s largest
photovoltaic solar plant in a planned, environmentally
friendly city near Fort Myers in southwestern Florida.
Called Babcock Ranch, the city will
aim to build 19,500 houses and about six million square
feet of retail, light industrial, and office space when
completed at an estimated cost of $2 billion.
Accordingly, this sun city project
is expected to create 20,000 jobs whilst serving as a
model for other communities keen on green energy.
The company states it will be the
first solar-powered city in the US and could generate
solar power more than the requirement, hence creating
the possibility of becoming an exporter of solar power.
In addition to having its
electricity generated from solar energy, the entire city
is expected to have wireless internet access and
electric-car chargers. The city’s construction will
commence in June 2010.
With the US reeling under economic
recession and the new US head of state committed to a
green energy policy, President Obama wants 10% of US
electricity to be generated by renewable sources such as
wind and solar power by 2012.
Meanwhile, the first housing and
commercial buildings in the green energised city are
said to come up by the end of 2010.