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Cuba: sustainability pioneer?

In the fall of 2006, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report found that* Cuba is the only country in the world which meets its criteria for sustainable development*. Cuba alone, according to WWF, manages to achieve certain basic living standards without extracting resources in a way that exceeds nature's ability to renew them. How do we account for these findings and what can we learn from them?

WWF determines a country's sustainable development by comparing its rating on the United Nations' Human Development Index, a measure of human welfare (health, education, poverty, etc.) to its ecological footprint, as largely reflected in its per capita fossil fuel consumption. According to the WWF report, both China and India still have fairly small per capita ecological footprints but neither has achieved minimum development standards. Cuba has. The United States, as expected, is highly developed but with a rate of energy use and consumption eight times higher than the world's capacity to sustain it.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Oct 2nd, 2010 at 09:56:10 AM EST
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Cuba Exploring Wind Power as Sustainable Energy Alternative
Las Tunas, May 15 (RHC-ACN)-Cuban specialists have begun the installation of equipment to measure wind force on the northern coast of Las Tunas province, an area that has been considered by experts to be among the best for the development of wind farms in Cuba.

The study will take approximately a year and will determine the kind of generators that could give the optimal results, looking at the height at which they should be placed, and their potential to contribute to the national electric grid.

Local officials from the Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment (CITMA) told the Cuban News Agency that the locale chosen by the experts has the necessary conditions to set up a wind farm, since it does not represent an obstacle to the development of other programs, nor does it demand costly investments.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 03:39:06 AM EST
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