St Cyprians School and Hout Bay High School, in the Western Cape, are the first two schools in the world to participate in the Shout project, an environmental initiative that harnesses thepower of education and technology.

The sixth annual Microsoft Worldwide Education Innovation Forum kicked off this week with a tour of the two schools in Cape Town, as part of a demonstration to show how technology can facilitate 21st Century learning, while bringing awareness around climate change.

Shout was created out of a partnership between Microsoft Partners in Learning, TakingITGlobal and the Smithsonian Institution, based in Washington.

Read more: Local schools take on climate change


After a slight dip last year, climate change is again one of the top three world concerns on a global survey of consumer attitudes conducted by HSBC (NYSE: HBC).

As with previous years, the Climate Confidence Monitor, found that emerging economies are the most concerned about climate change and are doing more to reduce their personal carbon footprint. They are also more confident than the developed markets that those who should be tackling climate change are doing so, and more optimistic that we will be able to stop climate change.

Read more: Climate Change Returns To List of Top 3 World Concerns


Singapore, October 28 – Regulatory hurdles remain the most visible challenge for the carbon trading industry and the pace of certifying these projects is too slow, say carbon industry experts.

The process of developing carbon credit projects have become so bureaucratic that it may hinder the growth of the carbon industry, and policy reform is urgently needed to address the issues, they added.

Carbon credit projects are certified and audited by the United Nations under its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme which enables the project to generate carbon credits to sell on carbon markets.

Read more: CDM scheme needs urgent reform


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