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Political action crucial to achieving climate targets - study

In meeting climate target levels, the most important uncertainty to consider is “political,” suggested a new study co-authored by International Institute for Applied Science Analysis, ETH Zurich and National Center for Atmospheric Research. The biggest uncertainty is the question of when countries will make serious efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement policies that will support climate mitigation and adaptation,...

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Thailand to boost renewable energy investments

In order to meet an estimated 39 percent increase in energy demand seen in the next nine years, Thailand will boost its investments in renewable energy, said the Thai Board of Investment.The Thai government is pushing for the use of alternative and renewable energy hoping to achieve 25 percent of their total energy consumption from non-petroleum sources, said the B.O.I. According to the Ministry of Energy's Alternative Energy Development Plan (2012-2021)...

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World Bank approves $50 million forest investment for Ghana

The World Bank has approved a $50 million climate fund for Ghana to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Forest Investment Programme will give way to the implementation of projects aimed at reducing pressure on the natural forest through integrated landscape approach, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Similarly, it will support the government’s...

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Energy systems are still far from being sustainable – World Energy Council

The World Energy Council has released its latest Energy Sustainability Index, revealing that most of the 94 countries assessed remain far from achieving environmentally sustainable energy systems. In time for the ongoing Doha climate talks, the index is published within the W.E.C.’s World Energy Trilemma report, “Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy policy,” which ranked the countries in terms...

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U.K. introduces new Energy Bill that will provide $12 billion for low-carbon

The British government has released an Energy Bill that it hopes will power low-carbon economic growth. The government said the bill will reform the design of the electricity market to kick-start the construction of low-carbon energy infrastructure and low-carbon manufacturing supply chains. Britain’s energy sector needs to attract around £110 billion in investment if it is to replace current generating capacity and upgrade...

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Irena recommends additional supporting policies for renewable energy deployment

A new brief on renewable energy deployment in Pacific Island countries and territories was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency, addressing the present conditions of renewable energy policies and proposing measures that could spur successful implementation. “Political support has been broadly recognized as key to facilitating the implementation of the agenda for transforming energy systems,” said Irena...

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World Bank warns against ‘4 degrees Celsius world’

Time may be running out to prevent the growing danger posed by climate change, warned a new report commissioned by the World Bank. “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided,” stressed that the planet is approaching a “4 degrees Celsius world,” which will be marked by severe heat waves, flagging global food supply, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity and life-threatening sea level rise. These detrimental impacts...

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Guest Post: Download: UNDP on Energy Access and Renewables

Energy access is of utmost importance to sustainable development and poverty reduction, especially within countries in Africa. Millennium Development Goals cannot be met without improvement in energy services in developing countries. Gregory Woodsworth, Energy Policy Advisor, UNDP gave a presentation at Power & Electricity World Africa on energy access and renewables. View the full presentation here...

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Africa: Battle with climate change should start with getting data

It’s well-known that its contribution to the world’s emissions is low, and that despite this Africa will be disproportionately and severely affected by climate change. One reason – the region has the least data concerning its effects on its physical surroundings. Historically, Africa’s contribution to anthropogenic emissions that exacerbate global warming is minor – about 3 percent...

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E.U. halts carbon trading in aviation to give way to I.C.A.O.

The European Union said it will “stop the clock” for aviation in the E.U.-wide carbon trading scheme for one year to give way to the United Nations international aviation body to deliver on a global market-based approach to greenhouse gas regulation in the sector. European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said the move results from encouraging signs from the International Civil Aviation...

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