UN climate talks strut your stuff and save the planet

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Mercedes-Benz F600 Hygenius

Visitors gather around a Mercedes-Benz F600 Hygenius on at the future technologies hall the UN Climate Change Conference in on December 3, 2008. Photo AFP.

by Staff Writers

Poland (AFP) Dec 4, 2008

Hey DJ! that funky music! be one of the more unusual rallying for saving the planet.

But the Mini Club featured at the 12-day UN conference here has a purpose.

disco show is one of many ideas on display for cutting carbon footprint and adapting to the of climate change.

Also on are fog-catchers from Cape a model of a no-waste city zero carbon emissions, cars, air conditioning driven by sea biofuels from algae and a station for drying sewage

They are some of 120 concepts, of them already in operation, on as the 192-nation UN Framework Convention on Change (UNFCCC) seeks to get the rolling for a new global climate pact in a year’s time.

inside the Dutch-made club for two pounding music starts up as you dance, the spring-loaded floor your movements into setting off arrays of disco powered by your exertions.

If you go for it — AFP didn’t — a ball on the ceiling lights up.

I know if it will be popular, one dancer said as he emerged.

In a corner of the 7,000-square-metre (75,500-square-feet) hall is an orange pod, like a ski lift, housing a inventor with a sky-high to revolutionise public transport in

Similar to the planned ULTra Light Transport) pilot at London’s Heathrow airport, Ltd’s pods, suspended metres (30-50 feet) in the would each transport up to or so passengers, whizzing them a rail.

— Progress is by people dismissed as lunatics

If we replaced London’s metro with such a system we be able to carry all of the metro with only a quarter of the for about a 20th of the cost. and about one-tenth, inventor Mikosza told AFP.

Because it is such a jump in it is ignored as impossible, he lamented.

But I myself up that cars and were likewise doomed to by the horse lobbies. Progress is by people who are dismissed as lunatics.

climate change forecast to water ever scarcer, on show propose transforming vapour in the air into quantities can be drunk or even irrigate

One such gizmo comes a firm called Dutch which uses windmills to air onto a compression cooling that then condenses the vapour.

Mercedes-Benz F600 Hygenius

Another is distinctly more but highly effective: fog-catchers are already providing more 90,000 litres (20,000 of water per year to people in the Malagueta Mountains in the Cape islands, off West Africa.

mesh netting suspended in a frame catches the fog and the resulting trickle downwards to be collected and to water plants or purified for Zuzanna Armada from the says.

Activating a tiny from a machine, she explains: is fog. It collects raindrops, actually. It’s very and it’s very cheap.

But change is not just a threat, it is a reality, and the exhibition also technologies that help around the world cope floods and droughts.

One such is the hanging gardens of where rising sea levels devour 17 percent of the country’s area by 2050, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC).

The project, already in for 250 families, is also very growing vegetables in pots on platforms above the reach of salt-water floods.

A futuristic is the Waterboxx, made by Dutch AquaPro BV, a container that rainwater and condensation in which a tree can be grown in areas infertile by creeping desertification.

It out each day the amount of water the sapling needs, prevents it overheating and protects it against

It’s probably not that here (in Poland), Armada with an eye on the grey skies

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