Africa’s Ecosystems Near Collapse

Leaders Want Help With Climate Mitigation, Resilience

Leading emitters of greenhouse gases should honor their financial commitment to enable vulnerable African countries to strengthen their resilience to impacts of climate change. Heads of state and government who met at an AU summit here stressed that the industrial north has an obligation to assist African countries adapting to climate change.

“Africa contributes less than 3 percent of total green house gases that cause climate change. This should be a justification for us to ask the developed world to contribute more towards bridging the funding bill,” said Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

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Global warming has wrought immense damage on Africa’s fragile ecosystems as well as physical and social infrastructure. Kikwete said that financing shortfalls, slow technological adoption and disjointed policies have undermined the fight against climate change in Africa.

“Addressing climate change requires massive financial resources and technological support never envisaged before. For example, addressing adaptation alone needs financial resources in the range of 7-15 billion U.S. dollars annually by 2020,” Kikwete told African leaders and diplomats.

The international community has been slow in honouring financial pledges to help African nations cope with climate induced vagaries. Kikwete warned that societies across Africa will suffer heavily in the absence of mitigation and adaptation programs.

“Scientific assessments indicate that Sub-Saharan Africa will suffer from climate induced disasters. There will be a 19 percent and 68 percent decrease in maize and beans yields respectively,” Kikwete said.

He added that African nations may lose 311 million U.S. dollars annually due to impacts of climate change on resource based economic sectors.

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Political leaders in Africa have joined the civil society in lobbying for increased climate financing. The Committee of African heads of state and governments on climate change that is headed by President Kikwete has challenged big polluters to increase financial flows and technology required for climate change adaptation.

African countries have been unable to generate adequate financial resources to combat effects of climate change. Kikwete urged African leaders to lobby the international community to ensure climate financing is adequate and consistent.

“It is important to note that the green climate fund operational procedures have been completed. The developed world has an opportunity to honor what they promised,” said Kikwete.

He challenged governments to put policy and legislative frameworks in place to facilitate the absorption of climate funds. African leaders warned that a huge financing gap might derail low carbon growth in the continent. Dozens of political leaders, diplomats and policymakers agreed that Africa must unite in the push for increased climate financing.

“Our voice should be united on the need for deep and rules based emission reduction by all major emitters. Developed countries must scale up financing and technology transfer to boost response to climate change in the poor south,” said Kenyan Foreign Minister, Amina Mohammed.

Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140626/roundup-african-leaders-renew-call-climate-financing

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona. We are leading the campaign to Save Kilimanjaro.

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Online Marketing Specialists Tapped For Sustainability Project

MentorNet Helping With Global Sustainability Project

Denver-based MentorNet is now hosting the online portal and developing the architecture for two global sustainability initiatives. MentorNet also is handling all online campaigns, including search engine optimization and social media for Greener Cities and Sacred Seedlings.

“This is an important new partnership,” said Rich Benvin, president and CEO of MentorNet. “We pride ourselves in being a sustainable business and we are proud to align ourselves with an international program that celebrates and promotes sustainable cities.”

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MentorNet also committed to using energy-saving servers and software to minimize the carbon footprint of this program. It will continue updating as possible to stay on the cutting edge of best practices and performance.

“MentorNet is the best online marketing consultants on the planet,” said Gary Chandler, co-founder of Earth Tones, Inc., the parent company of both Sacred Seedlings and Greener Cities. “These strategists understand the importance of planning and execution to raise our visibility around the world fast.”

For more information, please visit: http://mentornet.com/sustainable-cities-can-lead-us-to-a-sustainable-planet/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Phoenix PR Firm Promoting Climate Change Solutions

Deforestation A Key Threat To Biodiversity

Forest conservation and reforestation are critical to a sustainable world. Deforestation is contributing to climate change, poverty and the loss of endangered species. Our goal is to help combat climate change, make communities more sustainable and resilient, protect wildlife habitat, protect wildlife–especially endangered species–and generate clean and green jobs.

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We promote forest conservation, reforestation, and urban forestry projects around the globe.

We are developing our first projects in Tanzania and Kenya now. We are working in collaboration with several local NGOs, including Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania, EnviCulture, Earth Keepers Centre, Youth Link, Megabridge Foundation and others. The scope of projects now includes most of East Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

For more information, please visit: http://sacredseedlings.com/deforestation-and-climate-change/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Denver PR Firm Speaking Up Against Deforestation

Reforestation Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

Crossbow Communications, a Denver-based advertising and public relations agency, has volunteered its services to raise money for Sacred Seedlings, an international reforestation and forest conservation program also based in Colorado.

“Our partners in Tanzania have developed a plan with the forestry department to plant 10 million trees over the next five years at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow. “These trees will create jobs, preserve habitat for endangered species and help offset human contributions to climate change.”

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As Chandler explained, some of the trees will be used to reforest degraded forests and deforested areas. Other species of trees will be grown to produce crops near villages and in towns and cities (coffee and cocoa, for example). Other trees will be placed near homes and buildings to protect them from the elements, reduce energy consumption, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy demands. Sacred Seedlings also will fund several solar ovens for villagers to minimize the need to cut firewood for cooking. The company is developing similar programs around the world.

Tanzania also is one of the last strongholds for wildlife in Africa. The country known for the Serengeti National Park and other natural wonders is under siege by wildlife poachers. Last year, more than 10,000 elephants in Tanzania were slaughtered for their ivory. The strong demand for ivory in China and Thailand, for example, tempts locals in Tanzania and surrounding countries to kill elephants to feed their families. Unless economic interventions, such as job creation, succeed, the African elephant will be gone from the wild within the next decade. Rhinos and lions face the same fate.

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The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania reached out to Sacred Seedlings recently in search of solutions to save the country’s iconic wildlife. The two organizations immediately began crafting a reforestation plan to help fight poverty, climate change and wildlife poaching.

For more information about the program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gary Chandler at Crossbow http://crossbowcommunications.com/advertising-public-relations-denver-phoenix/ or call 602-999-7204 or 303-278-2865. 

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Phoenix PR Firm Launches Anti-Smoking Campaign

Targeting Kids To Prevent Smoking

Tobacco addicts millions of children to these deadly products every year. Most of those who don’t quit will die prematurely of tobacco-related diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. I watched my father struggle with his addiction right up until the day that he died of lung cancer. I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t quit. After he passed away violently before my eyes, I started looking for answers.

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Tobacco is one of the most profitable industries in the world. It’s also one of the deadliest.  Tobacco kills approximately six million people around the globe every year, including 443,000 Americans. Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80 percent of those deaths will occur in the developing world.

Ironically, you won’t find many tobacco executives who smoke. They know better. “That’s a right we reserve for the young, poor, black and stupid,” said one tobacco executive in a closed-door meeting.

For more information, please visit: http://tobaccotruth.org/teen-smoking/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Phoenix Author Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Causes, Prevention

Alzheimer’s Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Some countries have much higher rates of dementia than others. As the following chart illustrates, not all countries are experiencing the same prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. The North Atlantic countries of Finland, Iceland and Sweden have some of the highest rates of dementia in the world.

 

Why is Finland’s dementia rate 39 percent higher than runner-up Iceland’s? If dementia is a random or sporadic condition, there should be little or no variance in the incidence from country to country. In reality, the differences and coincidences are astounding.

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The United States and other developed countries also lead the list. The undeveloped countries across Asia, Africa and South America have the lowest incidence. What causes these regional variations? Could it be an unhealthy or contaminated diet in these countries? Could it be contaminated drinking water? Or is it another source of regional environmental contamination?

Country                    Alzheimer’s/Dementia (deaths per 100K)

Finland                   34.9

Iceland                    25.1

United States         24.8

Sweden                   21.5

Netherlands           21.4

Switzerland            20.0

Cuba                        19.6

Chile                        19.6

Andorra                  19.4

Spain                       18.7

Norway                   18.6

Uruguay                 17.5

Denmark                17.4

United Kingdom   17.1

France                     16.6

Canada                    16.0

Australia                 15.3

New Zealand          15.2

Belgium                   14.6

Pakistan                  14.3

Bhutan                    13.4

Malta                       13.0

South Korea           12.0

Ireland                    11.8

Hungary                 11.5

On a localized basis, the same variations are observed. For example, in the United States, the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease is highest among residents of Washington State (a coastal state). In fact, it’s almost double the national average at 43.6/100,000.

These regional variations seem to indicate that the death rate from Alzheimer’s is not random, but one influenced by environmental and/or dietary factors. Regional spikes also could reflect the infective nature of Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease once they have a foothold within a population.

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For more information, please visit http://alzheimerdisease.tv/alzheimers-disease-risk-by-country/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Denver PR Firm Opens New Office In Phoenix

Denver Advertising and PR Firm Expands To Phoenix

Crossbow is a strategic communications firm that can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help you build your brand, your bottom line and a better world.

The communications landscape is changing faster than ever. The quest for greater online visibility and influence is driving the integration of marketingpublic relations and public affairs, which puts a premium on strategic planning and opportunism. Those changes will accelerate as information technologies continue to converge and new channels fragment the media world even more. Harness these powerful trends and turn your most challenging issues into valuable opportunities on Main Street, Wall Street and Capitol Hill. Put public opinion and public policy to work for you.

The firm has helped influence public opinion and public policy around the world. It has won state and national awards, while setting state and national records for our clients.

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The PR firm has vast experience in multiple industries and with numerous cases, including:

  • agriculture;
  • alternative energy;
  • Alzheimer’s disease;
  • association management;
  • autism;
  • behavioral health;
  • biodiversity;
  • biosolids;
  • climate change;
  • chronic wasting disease;
  • deforestation;
  • food safety;
  • forest conservation;
  • greener cities;
  • healthcare;
  • Indonesia;
  • mining;
  • neurodegenerative disease;
  • political strategy;
  • prion disease;
  • public education;
  • public health;
  • tourism;
  • transportation;
  • water management; and
  • wildlife conservation.

Put our record-setting and award-winning team to work today. Call Gary Chandler at 602-999-7204 or write to gary@crossbow1.com.

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Sustainable Cities Are Healthier Cities

Phoenix PR Firm Leading Initiative For Sustainable, Resilient Cities

Cities around the world are home to about 50 percent of the world’s population and they generate 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases – the primary human contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, many communities are bracing for the increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others. Community leaders and citizens around the world must be informed, motivated and empowered to become part of the solution.

Sustainable cities are vital to the sustainability of life as we know it. In fact, by definition a city that isn’t sustainable is doomed. Therefore, the sustainability movement witnessed around the globe are real.

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“Cities must take responsibility for our contributions to global climate change,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Unfortunately, few local communities have the ability to engage their citizens in developing a common vision around this issue. Some need guidance on a collaborative process to achieve consensus. Others need help outlining the spectrum of actions that they can take to cut pollution, save energy, conserve water and promote health and sustainability. Other communities around the world already are in contingency mode and need help mitigating the impacts of climate change on their homes and businesses.

Many community leaders need coaching to bring all stakeholder groups to the table to discuss opportunities, threats, resources, and priorities. As communities begin planning, they need comprehensive guidance regarding the full range of possible actions to consider in their plans. Many communities are limiting their sustainability visions to the energy efficiency of city buildings and vehicle fleets. They need to learn from other cities that have embraced a broader spectrum of possible actions such as investments, tax policies, water use, tree management, open space, expanded recycling efforts, and many others.

To help promote and accelerate the sustainability process, Crossbow is launching Greener Cities — an international awards program and an online portal with tools, resources, best practices, case studies and more.

To learn more, visit http://greenercities.org/sustainable-cities-best-practices/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Earth News A Pioneer In Environmental Journalism

PR Firm Launched Media Service In 1991

Earth News is an internationally syndicated environmental news service profiling the positive environmental efforts of individuals, organizations and corporations around the world.

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The syndicated column has been published around the globe since 1991. In addition, the company and its founders have written and published eleven books, so far, including:

  • Environmental Heroes (Pruett Publishing, 1995)
  • Contemporary Environmentalists (Facts on File, 1996)
  • Environmental Causes (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Alternative Energy Sources (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Recycling (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Kids Who Make a Difference (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Protecting Our Air, Land and Water (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Guardians of Wildlife (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Natural Foods and Products (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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