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30 July,2014
The number of developing countries with policies in place to support renewable energy has increased six-fold in just eight years, resulting in one-fifth of the world's power production now coming from renewable sources, according to a United Nations-backed report produced ahead of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum.
22 August,2013
United States
An examination of the potential consequences of using geoengineering as a climate quick fix. In the latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute's (www.worldwatch.org) State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, Simon Nicholson, Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, examines the pros and cons of such an approach to responding to climate change.
14 August,2013
To mark the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has drawn attention to the vital role played by indigenous communities - who represent 5 per cent of the global population - in achieving inclusive sustainable development.
31 July,2013
The original design of Indian cities more compact – promoted walking and cycling. Growing sizes of cities and their bad design is leading to urban sprawl, increasing travel distances and time, leading to congestion, global warming and pollution Detours caused by car-centric infrastructure like flyovers, signal-free corridors and foot overbridges can increase carbon emissions -- this is the result of conversion of small walkable trips to longer motorized trips Investments in metro and buses can be wasted if access to public transport systems is not designed well
20 July,2013
The Green Climate Fund has been opened up to observers, but civil society representatives want to play a bigger role
20 July,2013
Researchers have called for a system of carbon emission assessments that reflect better the true contribution of each emitting nation to the increase in atmospheric CO2 and promote preservation of forests, particularly in tropical regions.
16 July,2013
The use of solar energy has shot up as the cost goes down. Global installed capacity jumped by 28.4 gigawatts in 2012 to reach 89.5 GW. The 100 GW milestone will be crossed sometime this year. Competition among solar panel manufacturers is fierce. Solar protectionism would be bad for trade, the solar industry, and the environment.
3 July,2013
The latest ministerial meeting of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) on climate change reaffirmed that the Durban Platform to forge a 2015 agreement is by no means a process to negotiate a new regime, nor to renegotiate, rewrite or reinterpret the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
26 June,2013
United States
With today's announcement of a national climate action plan, President Obama is pushing forward to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change. This is the most comprehensive climate plan by a U.S. president to date. If fully and swiftly implemented, the Obama Administration can truly reset the climate agenda for this country.
19 June,2013
United Kingdom
Sustainable development is set to be at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Nanotech and better data will aid future development efforts. Scientists must help to draw up roadmaps for problem-solving
12 June,2013
United Kingdom
There is a largely unexplored landscape of opportunity for collaboration between scientists and development practitioners. Making the most of it needs understanding of differing views and drivers.Research and development funders should jointly support collaboration
7 June,2013
"Learning comes from experience, and in Peru they are working on building an adequate process" for consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples, said James Anaya in this interview with Tierramérica.
4 June,2013
Providing electricity to 1.2 billion people who don't have access to reliable sources of energy is a key component to ending extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, according to a World Bank Group report. Vice President Rachel Kyte says people living without electricity have fewer opportunities to improve their lives.
29 May,2013
United States
Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today.
22 May,2013
United States
Seventeen years from now, half the global stock of capital, totaling $158 trillion (in 2010 dollars), will reside in the developing world, compared to less than one-third today, with countries in East Asia and Latin America accounting for the largest shares of this stock, says the latest edition of the World Bank's Global Development Horizons (GDH) report, which explores patterns of investment, saving and capital flows as they are likely to evolve over the next two decades.
16 May,2013
The bioeconomy is presented as an opportunity for economic growth in Latin America. Advantages as boost to local capacity for R & D may collide with the generation of social conflicts. To be an ally of the emerging countries, the bioeconomy must be inserted into a policy of broader socio-economic development
9 May,2013
While still representing only a small percentage of the global market, trade in certified products and in environmental goods and services is on the rise in absolute terms. For example, the global market in low-carbon and energy efficient technologies, which include renewable energy supply products, is projected to nearly triple to US$ 2.2 trillion by 2020. UNEP report shows how advancing the green economy in six key sectors creates new trade opportunities
18 April,2013
The President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and a guest in the Annual Membership Meeting Action CSR Chile spoke about the performance of companies with respect to Sustainable Development and how to accelerate efforts to achieve real progress.
16 April,2013
United States
The World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim said: "Securing access to land is critical for millions of poor people. Modern, efficient, and transparent policies on land rights are vital to reducing poverty and promoting growth, agriculture production, better nutrition, and sustainable development.
1 April,2013
United States
The loss of forests is responsible for up to 17 per cent of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions, 50 per cent more than that from ships, aviation and land transport combined. There is increasing evidence that an important slice of these losses and emissions is linked to illegal logging and organised crime in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Congo basin and in south-east Asia. Global Forest Watch 2.0, which will be launched later this year, will take advantage of remote sensing technology to show high-resolution, near real-time deforestation maps on a user-friendly platform. The system will provide global deforestation alerts to identify illegal logging and deforestation hotspots, drawing on a combination satellite and crowd-sourced data, including from local communities.