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"There are no easy answers. We need more than rhetoric to be sure that low-carbon technologies are not developed at the expense of the poor. We need more voices from the people of Africa saying what they want. What must be avoided at all costs is Africa stumbling into a future of cheap coal to power its cities and cheap solar panels for rural areas."
"Earlier this year, Bent Flyvbjerg at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School published an analysis of 245 such schemes built between 1934 and 2007. It concluded that dams are mostly financial millstones: completed years late, almost 100 per cent over budget, and delivering less economic return than they cost to build. Recent dams are no better than older ones, and the bigger they are, the worse they perform (Energy Policy, vol 69, p 43)."
"Africa, Juma says, needs the latest technology, not “appropriate” technology."
"a couple of panels on the roof can charge phones and run a few lights and a radio but would be no good for anything more demanding, like boiling a kettle. Most Kenyans would probably prefer to be hooked up to centralised power, but the grid only reaches one-fifth of the country."
"It seems a little odd that a West Country salon should be so intent on promoting itself online, given that hairdressing is one of the few services that cannot be carried out remotely over the internet."
"[Paris Hilton] dropped Chihuahuas into her Prada handbags as if they were lipstick, and people began to believe that, like lipstick, Chihuahuas didn’t need much care. Then Paris Hilton mania waned. People dumped their imitation Prada purses at Goodwill and their Chihuahuas at shelters across the country, and now the Chihuahua, along with the pit bull, is one of the most euthanized breeds in the U.S."
"Un estudio de la Universidad de Cornell, publicado en 2010, mostró que los criminales feos tienden a recibir condenas más duras, de media 22 meses superiores a las de las personas atractivas que cometen los mismos delitos."
"As William Faulkner once put it: “You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.”"