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BMW to launch combined LED streetlight and EV charging station

  BMW to launch combined LED streetlight and EV charging station
5:25pm - 30 June 2015

“Light & Charge” system demonstrated at Low Carbon Oxford Week and is set to be launched this year

Europe, Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation, Transport

Iceland to submit climate plans for UN global deal

  Iceland to submit climate plans for UN global deal
4:19pm - 30 June 2015

Iceland will submit its national plans to combat climate change this week, according to the country’s environment minister

Europe, COP 21, Policy

China to submit climate pledge to UN

  China to submit climate pledge to UN
11:56am - 30 June 2015

China will submit its national pledge to reduce GHG emissions beyond 2020 this week

Asia, Carbon Reduction, Policy
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Europe, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Finance, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Thordur Hilmarsson, Director of Foreign Direct Investment at Promote Iceland, about clean energy, carbon reduction and green business

🎤CLIMATE LEADER PAPERS
  Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Worldwide, Agriculture, Policy

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

EDITOR'S PICKS
  Bill Gates calls for global clean tech ‘Manhattan Project’

Bill Gates calls for global clean tech ‘Manhattan Project’

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation

Microsoft co-founder will double investment in clean tech to $2bn and urged governments to back R&D

  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Technology & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Dean Scarborough, Chairman and CEO at Avery Dennison, about the company's approach to sustainability and the low-carbon solutions the company will be offering at COP21 in Paris in December

  Renewables – the best value energy solution

Renewables – the best value energy solution

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy

Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

🎤PRESS RELEASES
  EIB approves €156m loan for German offshore wind farm

EIB approves €156m loan for German offshore wind farm

Europe, Finance, Sustainable Energy

European Investment Bank lending EUR 156m for the Nordergründe wind farm, which is one of the first offshore wind farm projects developed in Germany

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  • After 8 Years of Heading the Top Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award, Helen Maquard Steps Down...

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    Azerbaijan Installs LED Street Lights in its Capital's Historical District...

    Icherisheher keeps the lights on and paves way for major emissions cut...

    UNEP Executive Director Participates in UN General Assembly Panel on Climate Change...

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    UNEP Executive Director Wraps Up Successful Visit To Seychelles...

    The West Indian Ocean has the power to drive the economies of the region, but we must be vigilant. Regional countries can ensure the WIO is a viable resource for decades to come with a Blue Economy...

    Seizing the Blue Economy Approach in the Western Indian Ocean Region. Achim Steiner Speech to...

    The beautiful WIO region is one of the least ecologically disturbed areas of global ocean. It hosts thousands of species of fish, marine turtles, sharks, birds and corals, and diverse coastal...

  • Child Labour in Agriculture

    Child labour is defined as work that is inappropriate for a child’s age, affects children’s education, or is likely to harm their health, safety or morals. It should be emphasized that not all work carried out by children is considered child labour. Some activities may help children acquire important livelihood skills and contribute to their survival and food security.

    Russia’s TASS News Agency and FAO sign partnership agreement

    The Russian news agency TASS and FAO have agreed to work together to raise public awareness on issues related to food security, food safety and nutrition.

    Three major Italian research institutions join forces with FAO

    FAO is joining forces with three of Italy's main research institutions in the fields of food, environment and technology to help developing countries build stronger agricultural sectors through better research and information.

    Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter

    Mountain soils are the fragile foundations of ecosystems that ultimately provide water for more than half the world’s population. A new FAO book, “Understanding Mountain Soils,” offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils.

    Rabobank Foundation and FAO to expand partnership

    FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa. “This is a flagship partnership for FAO,” said Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • Gender and Urban Climate Policy

    In the context of gender and climate change, focus is often laid on women as a particularly vulnerable group that is strongly affected by the impacts of climate change. While this is a highly important issue to address, it should not be neglected that other aspects of climate change and climate policy also have gender […]

    Public Space Urban Thinkers Campus in Stockholm kicks off

    Stockholm 30 June 2015—Some 400 participants gathered in Stockholm from Monday for the third Future of Places Conference – the Public Space Urban Thinkers Campus. Representing more than 300 organizations from 76 countries – along with nearly 10.000 followers on Twitter – the attendees will participate in the Campus dubbed “Public Space in the New […]

    Consultancy: Programme Officer (Country Operations for Anglophone Africa),(Nairobi),Deadline:14 July 2015

    Download PDF Version VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on: 29 June 2015 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultancy: Programme Officer (Country Operations for Anglophone Africa) DURATION: 12 Months CLOSING DATE: 14 July 2015 BACKGROUND This post of Programme Officer (Country Operations for Anglophone Africa) is created to reach the objectives of the Global Land […]

    Consultant,(Nairobi), Deadline: 6 July 2015

    Download PDF Version Terms of Reference CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on: 21 June 2015 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: NAIROBI FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant DURATION: 1 ½ months over 3 months (July-September 2015) CLOSING DATE: 6 July 2015 BACKGROUND The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote […]

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  • Building Resilience As Well As Roads In South Sudan

    AWEIL –In many parts of South Sudan the rains are a curse as much as a blessing.  Heavy rain often leads to flooding which damages crops or washes them away entirely, leaving people even more vulnerable to food insecurity.  The World Food Programme (WFP) through its Food Assistance For Asset-creation (FFA) activities helps communities to strengthen their resilience to such shocks.  In Northern Bahr el Ghazal State several communities have optedto construct infrastructure that prevents flood waters from destroying crops and homes.

    7 Unconventional Ways To Fight Hunger In Latin America

    In this ever-evolving environment, creativity and innovation are key to changing the world. Committed to eliminating hunger within our lifetimes, the World Food Programme (WFP) continuously strives to innovate and seek out creative ideas to fight hunger and improve worldwide nutrition. Our ideas can range from Breast Feeding Festivals to biofortication projects. Read on and discover the seven unconventional ways that the WFP is making hunger history in Latin America. 

    VoucherChef: Lahmussiniye

    Welcome to the World Food Programme's (WFP) new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's Cash And Vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

    WFP And The Philippine Government: Working Together During Emergencies

    On 6 December 2014, Typhoon Hagupit, locally named Ruby, swept across the central part of the Philippines. A path of destruction was left in the wake of the slow-moving category five storm which left the Philippine Area of Responsibility four days after its initial landfall. The provinces within the Eastern Visayas region received the brunt of the typhoon as more than 1.7 million people were adversely affected, while agricultural livelihoods sustained over PhP840 million worth of damages. Building on an existing strategic partnership, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) worked closely to provide timely, life-saving relief and early recovery assistance to the typhoon-affected populations.

    Helping Nepal Rebuild: The Hard Work Is Only Beginning

    Two months after the Nepal earthquake hit, the emergency phase is set to end in coming weeks. This critical crossroads means that The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Nepal government’s focus has now shifted to longer-term recovery with food relief to be distributed to 1.15 million of the worst-affected people. There will be supplementary feeding for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and young children, as well as cash to affected people in certain districts in exchange for work, such as preparing fields for the planting season.

  • 亚行贷款改善新疆边境地区的城市服务和连通性

    亚洲开发银行(亚行)已批准1.5亿美元贷款,用于改善中华人民共和国(中国)新疆维吾尔族自治区西北城市中心的基础设施和城市服务,从而提高居民生活水平,改善环境,并增加贸易机会。

    Statement by Richard Bolt, ADB's Philippines Country Director, on Pantawid Conditional Cash Transfer Program

    ADB would like to address recent media reports about the conditional cash transfer program, that have created false impressions about how program funds have been used. ADB reiterates its full support for the program.

    ADB Loan to Improve Urban Services, Connectivity in Xinjiang Border Area

    ADB has approved a $150 million loan for infrastructure and service upgrades that will help lift living standards, improve the environment, and boost trade opportunities for urban centers in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    ADB $220 Million Aid to Help Pakistan Build Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure

    ADB has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.

    亚行贷款帮助新疆阿克苏改善城市服务和环境

    位于中华人民共和国(中国)新疆维吾尔自治区(新疆)的阿克苏是一座快速发展的城市,亚洲开发银行(亚行)已批准一项1.5亿美元的贷款,用于改善其亟待升级的基础设施和服务。

  • Who Pays and Who Benefits? – Side event at SBSTA-42

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    A Science–Policy Interaction Platform on Forests – Side event at UNFF-11

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    Creating centres of excellence for climate change research in Africa

    German know-how helps CIFOR and partners measure the costs of lost forests YAOUNDE, Cameroon. The Congo Basin – covering 227...

    Join us at GLF 2015 in Paris

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    GLF: The Investment Case event announced, London 2015

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  • Foreign banks’ funding to Emerging Europe continued to decline in late 2014, but trend may be reversing, new report shows

    The decline in Western banks’ funding to Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2014, while domestic credit growth remained lackluster in much of the region, but this trend may have started to reverse in early 2015, according to the latest Vienna Initiative committee report released on June 24. Banks reporting to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) reduced further their external positions vis-à-vis the CESEE region by 0.7 percent of GDP...

    EIB provides co-financing to national projects eligible for EU funds in Slovakia in the 2014-2020 Programming Period

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 600 million, the first tranche of an approved loan of EUR 1.16 billion, to Slovakia to co-finance priority projects receiving support from EU funds within the period 2014-2020. The EIB funds will cover the national co-financing contribution in line with the Partnership Agreement and Operational Programmes in the areas of R&D, the information society, human resources, the environment and public administration. “ This EIB loan will co-financ...

    Belgium: EIB and ING Belgium partner to facilitate midcaps’ innovative investments

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s financing institution, and ING Belgium have signed an agreement under the InnovFin Midcap Guarantee programme to facilitate and increase lending to innovative companies in Belgium. With the EIB bringing a guarantee of up to EUR 150 million, ING Belgium will be able to provide finance to innovative companies for a total of EUR 300 million. It will rely upon this programme to increase its lending capacity and to offer new loans to midcap customers un...

    EIB-SACE: EUR 600m for FCA’s Research Activities in Italy

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), SACE and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today that they have finalized a EUR 600 million loan earmarked to support the automotive group's research, development and production plans for 2015-17. The three-year loan provided by EIB and 50% guaranteed by SACE relates to FCA’s production and R&D sites in both northern and southern Italy. This initiative and the overall collaborative relationship were the focus of a meeting held today in Turin bet...

    EIB-SACE: EUR 600m for FCA’s Research Activities in Italy

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), SACE and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today that they have finalized a EUR 600 million loan earmarked to support the automotive group's research, development and production plans for 2015-17. The three-year loan provided by EIB and 50% guaranteed by SACE relates to FCA’s production and R&D sites in both northern and southern Italy. This initiative and the overall collaborative relationship were the focus of a meeting held today in Turin bet...

  • Cities and Local Governments Day

    Paris, France

    People´s Climate March

    Paris, France

    City Climate Leadership Award Ceremony

    Paris, France

    UCLG World Council (exact dates tbd)

    Paris, France

    CEMR Annual Meeting (exact date tbd)

    Paris, France

  • IDB provides $15 million grant for artisan fishing in Haiti

    IDB donates $15 million for artisan fishing sectors institution- and capacity-building, and for public infrastructure in Haiti.

    Argentina to boost investment in research, development and technological innovation with support from IDB

    Argentina will increase the productivity of its businesses by boosting investment in research, development and innovation with IDB support.

    IDB supports broad program of scholarships for researchers, professionals and educators in Paraguay

    IDB has approved a loan of US$20 million to finance a program for 1,245 researchers, professionals and educators in Paraguay.

    IDB partners with IFC, Exportadora Atlantic and Starbucks to help Nicaraguan farmers combat coffee rust disease

    IDB loan will help Nicaraguan farmers fight coffee rust fungus, which has crippled coffee production and put growers out of work.

    IDB will support the sustainability of the electricity sector in Nicaragua

    The IDB approved a loan of $65 million to support the strengthening of the energy sector in Nicaragua.

  • Trade and Sustainable Development: Options for follow-up and review of the trade-related elements of the Post-2015 Agenda and Financing for Development

    Trade is reflected throughout the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of June 2015 and the May 2015 draft outcome of the third international Financing for Development (FfD) conference. The first aim of this paper is to map where trade-related elements are found in the SDGs and FfD. The second aim is to describe the trade-related architecture for review and follow-up that could support these outcomes and to map where it exists or could be built. Trade’s contribution to the post-2015 agenda is diffuse, which means follow-up and review will be a challenge, but it need not be overly burdensome, and it will be useful. The paper identifies six clusters of trade-related elements in the draft SDGs and in the draft FfD outcome, which range from improving access to markets for small-scale producers to strengthening the multilateral trading system. For each cluster, the paper identifies current thinking on indicators, where the necessary data are already collected (if they are...

    The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out

    Ontario has successfully implemented its policy to put an end to coal use in 2014. This energy transition has become “the single largest GHG reduction measure in North America”: since 2007, when coal accounted for about 25 per cent of its electricity generation, Ontario has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 34 Mt or 17 per cent.

    What lessons can be learned from Ontario’s coal phase-out experience? How can its success be replicated in other parts of the globe? This paper explores this question for all those around the world who may draw inspiration and lessons learned from Ontario: policy-makers, campaigners, entrepreneurs and others interested in transitioning to a low-carbon future.

    We rely on the concept of the “window of opportunity” and suggest that all elements critical to a sustainable energy transition can be clustered within the four “panes” of this “window”: context, champions, concerns and...

    Investment Contracts for Agriculture: Maximizing gains and minimizing risks

    This joint IISD, World Bank and UNCTAD discussion paper marries two substantial bodies of research to show how investment contracts can be set up to promote sustainable development. It presents the top five positive outcomes and the five downsides from private sector investments in large- scale agricultural projects. The paper also proposes legal options to maximizing the main positive outcomes and minimizing the main downsides through better drafting of contracts between investors and governments for the lease of farmland.

    This paper has been posted with the permission of the World Bank.

    New Centre for Climate Risk Reduction on the Prairies to be established

    WINNIPEG—June 23 2015—The University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) are pleased to announce a new joint initiative – The Centre for Climate Risk Reduction on the Prairies.

    This new initiative will be a network offering research, advice and policy development to governments, businesses and community members on the pressing and increased impacts of climate change. The goal is to identify and anticipate risks to increase community resilience to climate change.

    The Centre is much needed. Until now, adaptation planning and implementation has been limited, increasing the vulnerability of our economy, infrastructure, social systems and natural environments to the adverse consequences of a changing climate. A tangible example of the coordinated research the Centre will provide includes detailed climate data and mapping to allow farmers, municipalities and governments to plan more effectively for floods and other weather-...

    Webinar: "The End of Coal: Learning from the success of Ontario’s coal phase-out"



    Join IISD's webinar Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 10:00 (EDT)/16:00 (CET)

    The question is not if coal will be phased out from our energy systems, but how. To explore this question, IISD is hosting a web-based discussion of lessons learned from Ontario’s successful coal phase-out.

    The webinar will draw on IISD’s new report “The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out” that analyses the context, the champions, the concerns and arguments as well as the complementary policies that made coal phase-out possible in Ontario. The speakers include both those who led Ontario toward and through the coal phase-out and those who are interested in replication of this success internationally. The discussion will be interactive, and participants from all backgrounds are encouraged to contribute questions and comments.

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    Brent Wanner, Analyst, Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency and one of the lead authors of the...

  • Renewable Energy Auctions: New Best-Practice Guide Steers Global Adoption

    The popularity of renewable energy auctions is on the rise as countries worldwide seek the best means to reach their sustainability targets. More than 60 countries have now adopted renewable energy auctions, up from just six in 2005. “Auctions have been a tremendous support to India’s renewable energy programme. Through auctions, we discovered the real market … Continue reading Renewable Energy Auctions: New Best-Practice Guide Steers Global Adoption

    Geothermal Energy Gets Global Boost

    More than 70 representatives from 22 countries and 15 multilateral organizations, gathered in Nairobi this week to push forward the global expansion of geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is reliable, predictable and can last for decades. It has a minuscule carbon footprint, is one of the lowest-cost energy sources once start-up costs are met, and can … Continue reading Geothermal Energy Gets Global Boost

    New IRENA App Turns Mobile Devices Into Renewable Energy Prospectors

    Have you ever wondered what the renewable energy potential was for a region or specific location? Today, IRENA is launching a new mobile app that can transform your mobile device into a prospector for renewable energy. The Global Atlas pocket brings reliable data on global renewable energy potential to anyone with a smart phone, for free. It’s … Continue reading New IRENA App Turns Mobile Devices Into Renewable Energy Prospectors

    IRENA Releases World’s Most Comprehensive Renewable Energy Capacity Figures

    The world’s most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity have just been released by IRENA. Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015, which includes figures from 2000 to 2014, contains 12,000 data points from more than 200 countries and territories. While capacity data is readily available for larger markets like China and Germany, information … Continue reading IRENA Releases World’s Most Comprehensive Renewable Energy Capacity Figures

    Join the Women in Renewable Energy Conference

    The energy sector is a key driver for economic growth. As the population grows and people become more successful, demand for energy will grow exponentially. By 2030, we will need 60% more electricity that today.This demand cannot – for economic, social and environmental reasons – be met through conventional energy sources alone. Renewable energy offers a sustainable, … Continue reading Join the Women in Renewable Energy Conference

  • ITU Distributes Trend Micro 2014 Annual Security Roundup and more

    In line with the collaboration between ITU and Trend Micro to enhance cybersecurity awareness of Member States, three documents produced by Trend Micro are being shared namely the 2014 Annual Security Roundup, the 2015 First Quarter Security Roundup and an...

    The Leap Second: Interview with Vincent Meens, Head, Frequency Bureau, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

    Video interview transcript available Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the primary time standard or international time scale by which the world regulates clocks and time. The international time scale used by distributed services throughout the world, known as Coordinated Universal...

    ITU and UKTA enter new partnership to improve skills in the ICT sector

    On 11 June 2015, ITU and the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA) signed a cooperation agreement to launch an online Master’s degree programme on information and communication technology topics. The UKTA online Master of Communications Management (eMCM) will be provided...

    Accelerating innovation at ITU Telecom World 2015

    Technology and innovation have always gone hand in hand – but perhaps never more so than today, where anyone who is connected anywhere in the world can create, design, programme, and implement tools, solutions, applications and products. As major new...

    ITU Telecom World: 150 Years -150 Young Innovators

    As part of ITU’s 150th anniversary on the theme “150 years of innovating together”, we’ve created a map highlighting 150 Young Innovators and their ideas. These are young social entrepreneurs from all over the world who are using technology to...

  • China Announces New Long-Term Commitment to Curb Climate Change

    BEIJING (June 30, 2015) – China announced today a new long-term commitment to reduce its carbon intensity by 60-65 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. As the world’s largest carbon emitter and renewable energy market, this post-2020 climate commitment is intended to solidify China’s engagement at the Paris climate conference this December.

    Report: U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food

    CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues spanning North America that are serving healthier food choices and adopting more sustainable food practices behind the scenes to help advance smarter environmental practices throughout our food system.

    It’s Official—New York Bans Fracking

    NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today made the state’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing official, following through on a December promise to prohibit the dangerous industrial activity in New York.

    NRDC Urges Administration to Act Promptly on Mercury Rule, Following Court’s Ruling

    WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The Supreme Court today returned the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and toxic air rule to the lower court for reconsideration, saying EPA must consider costs in deciding whether to regulate air pollution from power plants.

    NRDC: Senators’ Energy Principles Point our Country in the Right Direction

    WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – Forty-five Senators – including every Democrat - today asked the nation’s governors to join the federal government in updating energy policies.  In a letter, the senators outlined a series of common-sense principles, including: investing in clean energy, empowering consumers, modernizing our aging power infrastructure, cutting pollution and reducing energy waste, and investing in clean energy research and development.                                   

  • Senses in Sustainability - International Flavors & Fragrances joins WBCSD

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    Stress-testing deforestation-free commitments on the ground

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    Earth demands urgent action on climate change

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    We call for a clean future

    Monteux, April 22, 2015 - We are pleased to announce our partnership with #Futureisclean, a movement initiated by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, founders of the project and pilots of the Solar Impulse airplane, currently attempting the first Round-The-World Solar Flight.

    New global partnership will intervene in landscapes at risk

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  • STATEMENT: WRI Says US-Brazil Commitments on Climate Change "Increased the Probability of Success" for Paris Climate Talks

    STATEMENT: WRI Says US-Brazil Commitments on Climate Change "Increased the Probability of Success" for Paris Climate TalksJune 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)– Earlier today, Presidents Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff committed to intensify collaboration between their two countries and work together to secure an ambitious climate agreement in Paris. Brazil committed to restore and reforest 12 million hectares of forests by 2030, increase the share of renewables in its energy mix...

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    STATEMENT: WRI Calls China INDC "A Serious and Credible Contribution"

    STATEMENT: WRI Calls China INDC "A Serious and Credible Contribution"June 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)— China formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The pledge commits China to a peak in emissions by 2030, an increase in the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix by about 20 percent by 2030, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65% by 2030, from 2005 levels.Read more

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    Carbon Pricing Gains Popularity with Governments, Businesses

    Pricing carbon isn’t just a subject for economics symposia anymore. Thirty-nine countries now have legislation requiring that businesses pay for the carbon dioxide they emit, and many more national and sub-national governments have carbon-pricing policies on the table. Hundreds of businesses—even those in the energy sector—are also voicing support for carbon pricing. Here’s a look at how what was just a theoretical concept a few years ago has blossomed into real climate action around the...

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    RELEASE: World Resources Institute Welcomes Natalie Elwell as Senior Gender Advisor

    RELEASE: World Resources Institute Welcomes Natalie Elwell as Senior Gender AdvisorJune 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015)— World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that Natalie Elwell has joined the organization as its first senior gender advisor. Elwell will work with staff to embed a consistent gender perspective across WRI’s programs and within the institute.Read more

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    Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon

    The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon, owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, has been receiving much more visitors lately. In May 2015, a group of international experts visited the site. But our visit wasn’t that special. The new visitors were fish. Spring Chinook, summer steelhead salmon, bull trout and Pacific lampreys arrived in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a...

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