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News: December 2010


Source: CARNet, 3.12.2010

A new edition of the Red Book will be published soon in Uzbekistan, which will contain information about all rare and endangered species, their population, habitat and causes for their population decline. The book is ready now however the publication for some unknown reasons is delayed.

As a.i. Director of Zoological Institute of the Science Academy of Uzbekistan Iskandar Abdullaev said, “total of 184 of animal species, 107 of which are vertebral (16% of all vertebral) and 77 of non-vertebral were entered into this fourth edition of the red Book of Uzbekistan.

This time the Red Book included saiga (antelope), many thousands of which not long ago could be seen in steppe of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan but now this endemic stands under threat of full extinction (creature, which can be met only in this area and no other place on the planet).

Only a small number of copies of Red Book will be published – one thousand exemplars - and distributed among the authors of articles in it and senators. Ordinary people can not acquire them not because of limited number but also due to its price, which in 2006 was 80 USD. No one knows how much a new edition of Red Book will be, but certainly much more expensive.


Source: ADB, 3.12.2010

The Asian Development Bank targets to increase the amount of solar power generated in the Asia-Pacific region six-fold to 3,000 megawatts by mid-2013 to help improve energy security within the area.

In a statement, ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda said that Asia Pacific's high economic growth rates, continuing population growth and current and projected energy demand gap provided a huge market opportunity and potential for solar energy development.

"Asian countries will need to aim to maintain economic progress and improve energy security, while simultaneously charting a new low-carbon development path," he explained.

Kuroda urged governments in the Asia Pacific to invest in solar energy to also help ensure that their future growth was environmentally sustainable.

Through its Asia Solar Energy Initiative (ASEI), the ADB started earlier this year identifying large capacity solar projects for potential development.

ADB hopes to provide $2.25 billion to fund the initiative, which is expected to draw in an additional $6.75 billion in investments from other institutions over the same period.

The ASEI would make available a range of projects, and finance and knowledge sharing mechanisms, so as to attract other development banks, commercial banks, and the private sector to invest in these projects.

In addition to direct financing, ASEI would set a target of raising $500 million from donor countries to "buy down" the high up-front capital costs of investing in solar energy, as well as design other innovative ways to attract private sector investment.

Prior to the launch of ASEI in May this year, the region produced less than 500 MW of solar power from installed plants. The capacity is expected to reach 1,000 MW by the end of 2011 and 3,000 megawatts by the end of its third year in May 2013.

In the Philippines, solar power producers are aggressively preparing to install power facilities that can generate some 300 MW over the next three years, buoyed largely by the abundance of resources and anticipation for feed-in-tariffs.