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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

  The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme ‘investing for a greener future.’ Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, […]

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels, reads an organisation’s press release. The Inventory tracks nearly 800 […]

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Human chain against coal mines crosses Polish-German border

Claudia Ciobanu reports for Bankwatch // Over 7.500 people came together to form a human chain between Poland and Germany, in opposition to the expansion of lignite mines in the border area. The action, which was organised by Greenpeace with help from other NGOs across Germany and Poland, was meant to show solidarity with villagers […]

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UNFCCC Note Discusses Options for Security Controls in Emissions Trading Systems

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note by the international transaction log (ITL) administrator, titled ‘Options for, and road map to, further implementation of information security controls in systems supporting emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol’ (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.6), reads an institution’s press release. The note reports on the Security Working Group’s (SWG) assessment of the impact of […]

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Climate Awareness Bond to a record EUR 1.5bn

European Investment Bank („EIB‟) re-opened the EUR green bond market with the first transaction of the year, a EUR 350m tap of the Climate Awareness Bond (CAB) due 15 November 2019. Total size after the increase is a record EUR 1.5bn, which makes this issue the largest climate-themed bond outstanding in any currency. The transaction […]

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Global Finance to Boost International Support for Geothermal Energy

The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development. The […]

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OECD Study: Comparing Definitions and Methods to Estimate Mobilised Climate Finance

At the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2010, developed countries formalised a collective climate finance commitment made previously in Copenhagen of “mobilising jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries…from a wide variety of sources, public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources” (UNFCCC, 2010). […]

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Sweden, Leader in Climate Adaptation Financing

The future of climate adaptation financing and project implementation will be based in part on the successes and lessons learned by the Adaptation Fund, a pioneer in the field. That was the consensus of climate adaptation and finance experts who gathered at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on May 22 to discuss the […]

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EUR 31.5 Million in Commission Funding for Environmental Solutions

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals of EUR 31.5 million for the best 45 eco-innovation projects. Businesses throughout Europe have until 5 September 2013 to put in their proposals for bringing novel environmental solutions to the market in the following 5 areas: material recycling water sustainable building products green business the food […]

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Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]

Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover […]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

By Patricia Espinosa, head of UNFCCC Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of […]

China and US Bring Early Paris Entry into Force Big Step Closer

Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of […]