Green Building in the Third World

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New technologies can help the globe's poorest countries rebuild after natural disasters and resist future damage.

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(NewsUSA) – The Western World, though it produces most of the pollution linked to climate change, has the funds to protect itself from global warming’s consequences -; Western cities can build desalination plants, renewable energy sources and storm-resistant buildings.
But it’s the Third World that will experience the worst effects of climate change. Experts predict that precipitation will move away from the equator, helping Alaska become an agricultural paradise while already drought-prone regions become deserts.
Africa, an at-risk continent, produced only 3 percent of the world’s current carbon emissions. But violent storms and long droughts will devastate African agriculture.
Building construction and energy consumption create a large carbon footprint. To ease climate change, the West must combine green building with a wide-scale humanitarian effort.
Constructing affordable, safe homes and buildings will help poor nations withstand the cyclones, tornadoes and hurricanes associated with hotter global temperatures.
One company, Alternative Construction Technologies (ACTech), manufactures a structural insulated panel, which can be used to build energy-efficient homes.
The ACTech Panel System is quick and inexpensive to assemble, and doesn’t require natural resources, sophisticated equipment or skilled labor to construct. Yet, the recycled steel panels, with their rigid polyurethane foam core, resist temperature fluctuations, insect and water damage, and hurricane-force winds. Using the panels, communities could quickly rebuild areas devastated by storms or build healthier dwellings.
The ACTech Panel System proves up to 65 percent more energy-efficient than traditional building materials. If combined with renewable energy sources, like solar panels, the system could bring electricity and low-cost, sustainable living into new areas.
The U.N. has billions of dollars to spend. But each year, only 40 million dollars help poor nations adapt to climate change.
The U.S. and Western Europe create two-thirds of the emissions that cause global warming, but climate change affects the world. Experts predict that large storms, like the May 2008 cyclone that devastated Myanmar, will only increase in number.
As the largest producer of carbon emissions, the West has a responsibility to the world’s poorest nations -; it’s time to help Third World countries cope with the environmental damage the West has wrought.
For more information about The ACTech Panel System, visit www.actechpanel.com or call 1-800-859-8813. ACTech trades on the OTC Bulletin under ACCY.

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