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Delhi metro system wins solar power award

  Delhi metro system wins solar power award
5:29pm - 3 September 2015

The metro system in New Delhi has been recognised with a prestigious award by India’s central government for using solar power at its stations

Asia, Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy

Obama calls for strong global climate deal on historic tour of Alaska

  Obama calls for strong global climate deal on historic tour of Alaska
3:37pm - 3 September 2015

U.S. President called on world leaders to reach a strong climate deal in Paris later this year during his visit to Alaska dedicated to climate change

Arctic, North America, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy

Three trillion trees on Earth with 15bn cut down per year

  Three trillion trees on Earth with 15bn cut down per year
12:20pm - 3 September 2015

There are just over three trillion trees on Earth which is eight times more than previous estimates, according to new research by Yale University

Worldwide, Agriculture, Policy
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  The Green Games: Tokyo 2020

The Green Games: Tokyo 2020

Smart Cities

President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, discusses how sustainability will be a key factor at the 2020 Olympic Games and outlines his vision for the future of the Olympic movement

🎤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
  Dutch government appeals landmark emissions ruling

Dutch government appeals landmark emissions ruling

Carbon Reduction, Policy

The Dutch government will appeal against a ruling by The Hague District Court ordering it to cut GHG emissions

  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Tech. & 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

  Brazil’s national policy for low carbon sustainable development

Brazil’s national policy for low carbon sustainable development

South America, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, Policy, Sustainable Energy

Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment, Brazil

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  Danfoss: Solutions ready to meet global water challenges

Danfoss: Solutions ready to meet global water challenges

Europe, Tech. & Innovation

Lack of water and climate change are among the top 5 global risks, according to the World Economic Forum. However, pioneering solutions that can help meet both challenges are ready to be replicated

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  • Press Releases - Auto industry and motor traders launch clean diesel campaign as Euro 6 comes into force

    Brussels, 1 September 2015 - As of today, all new cars sold must meet the latest EU emissions legislation – Euro 6. To mark this occasion the...

    Events - Reducing CO2 from Road Transport Together

    Dedicated to the heavy-duty vehicle sector, this year’s annual conference of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), entitled...

  • МСП АЗИИ НЕОБХОДИМ КАПИТАЛ, ЧТОБЫ СТАТЬ БОЛЕЕ КОНКУРЕНТОСПОСОБНЫМИ - ОТЧЕТ АБР

    Малым и средним предприятиям (МСП) Азии необходимо финансирование, которое поможет им стать динамичными и конкурентоспособными на международном рынке компаниями. 

    亚洲中小企业需要成长资金以提高竞争力——亚行报告

    亚洲开发银行(亚行)的一份新报告指出:亚洲中小企业(SME)需要资金以助其成长为充满活力、具有国际竞争力的企业。随着近期全球经济从低迷中复苏,资金成为亚洲实现强劲的可持续增长的关键因素。

    ADB, Myanmar Sign $3 Million Grant Flood Relief

    The Government of Myanmar and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $3 million grant agreement to finance relief efforts for communities affected by recent flooding and landslides.

    Asia’s SMEs Need Growth Capital to Become More Competitive – ADB Report

    Asia’s small- and medium-sized enterprises need finance to help them grow into dynamic, internationally competitive companies, says a new ADB report.

    ADB, DFID Provide Funding For Pakistan Economic Corridor

    ADB and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom will cofinance the $327 million cost of the 59 kilometer Hassanabdal - Havelian Expressway (E-35) project.

  • EIB loans GBP 102m to Croydon schools in UK first

    Europe’s long-term lending institution has agreed to provide GBP 102 million to improve schools across the London Borough of Croydon - the first ever loan exclusively for investment in local schools by a UK borough. This 25-year loan will help Croydon Council invest in building and upgrading dozens of schools and providing thousands of extra pupil places, and will be used alongside other sources of financing from the local authority, including internal resources and grant funding. The new loa...

    Strong demand for EIB’s new EUR 3bn 5-year EARN benchmark

     EIB’s first 5-year EARN benchmark since January 2013 Provides a new on-the-run 5-year point on the EARN benchmark curve High quality orderbook with demand driven by bank treasuries, central banks and official institutions On Wednesday 2nd September 2015, the European Investment Bank issued its second Euro Area Reference Note (EARN) of 2015. The issue carries an annual coupon of 0.25% and has a final maturity date of 15 October 2020, providing a fresh liquidity point in the belly of the EI...

    EIB backs GBP 100m Southern Water investment

    Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide GBP 100 million to improve water supply and waste water treatment in the Southern Water region. The new 10 year loan represents the first ever loan to Southern Water by the world’s largest lender to the water sector and the first support to any UK water company for investment in the 2015 – 2020 regulatory investment period, AMP 6. The new EIB loan will support capital investment by Southern Water...

    EU Bank appoints Mikołaj Dowgielewicz as new EIB Representative to the EU institutions and Head of Brussels office

    The European Investment Bank has appointed Mikołaj Dowgielewicz (43) as the bank’s Brussels Representative with a rank of Director General, to strengthen engagement with institutional and political partners. Mikołaj Dowgielewicz´s previous experience covering foreign affairs, European policymaking and multilateral development will make a significant contribution to reinforcing the effective engagement of the European Investment Bank as Europe’s long-term lending institution. “The EIB is delig...

    Jan Vapaavuori is new Vice-President of the EIB

    Jan Vapaavuori has been appointed Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB). He takes up his duties today, succeeding Wilhelm Molterer, who had tendered his resignation. Mr Vapaavuori, a Finnish national, was appointed by the EIB’s Board of Governors on a proposal from the Finance Minister of the Republic of Finland and with the agreement of the shareholder constituency formed also by Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. In the Bank...

  • 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 announces finalists for the 2016 Infrastructure 360° Awards

    IDB has announced the finalists for the 2016 Infrastructure 360° Awards, which assess and reward sustainable infrastructure projects.

    IDB selects 15 startups to participate in Demand Solutions program

    IDB chooses 15 startups from Latin America and the Caribbean to take part in Demand Solutions on September 29 in Washington.

    Jamaica will promote economic growth with IDB support

    Jamaica will strengthen its structural program for economic growth with a $130 million loan from the IDB.

    Jamaica launches new electronic procurement system

    The government of Jamaica announced today the launch of the countrys first electronic procurement platform: eTendering System.

    IDB supports energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes in low-cost housing project

    IDB approved a non-refundable financing that will support efficiency and renewable energy schemes in low-cost housing project in Argentina.

  • IISD Refreshes Its Visual Identity

    In the 25 years since IISD was established our mission to promote human development and environmental sustainability has become more urgent. History-making strides have been made to lift billions out of poverty, yet the burden that we place on our natural environment is less sustainable than ever.

    It was with that broad canvas as a back-drop that IISD renewed its strategic plan last year. The result places a tighter focus on six core priorities that meet the critical need for applied sustainability solutions.  



    Underpinning our strategy is a belief that communicating both the vital importance of developing sustainably, as well as the work that IISD is doing in support of that objective, is essential to its success. IISD was a global leader in the use of innovative communication when it was founded, including as an early adopter of Web-based communications. But the communication landscape is moving at speed. So must we.

    A new IISD visual identity, released over the...

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District. Migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities presented by the fishery, and are willing to work for wages lower than those demanded by the local population. Expanding access to new markets, made possible by infrastructure investments linked to oil and gas exploration, have similarly increased demand for fish from buyers as far away as Kampala. These two forces—increasing demand for fish and increasing supply of labour—have resulted in a fishery dangerously close to collapse: larger species of fish are increasingly rare, while the fish caught are of increasingly smaller size across species. While the implications of this for local livelihoods are significant, current political incentives are aligned with maintaining the status quo. The fishery will continue to...

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District. Migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities presented by the fishery, and are willing to work for wages lower than those demanded by the local population. Expanding access to new markets, made possible by infrastructure investments linked to oil and gas exploration, have similarly increased demand for fish from buyers as far away as Kampala. These two forces—increasing demand for fish and increasing supply of labour—have resulted in a fishery dangerously close to collapse: larger species of fish are increasingly rare, while the fish caught are of increasingly smaller size across species. While the implications of this for local livelihoods are significant, current political incentives are aligned with maintaining the status quo. The fishery will continue to...

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, to the detriment of conservation and traditional livelihoods. A similar process of land conversion is taking place in the absence of an influx of migrants, albeit at a much slower pace, and the ecosystem is under threat from a variety of factors, including population growth, changing climate conditions, and shifting livelihood strategies and socioeconomic expectations of the resident population. But in a context of rapid socioeconomic change and escalating internal population pressures, migration accelerates and intensifies the livelihood changes and associated land conversion processes that are inevitable in the long term. This will continue, unless effective and sustainable resource management systems are put in place.

    This report presents an assessment of the migration context in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, as...

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, to the detriment of conservation and traditional livelihoods. A similar process of land conversion is taking place in the absence of an influx of migrants, albeit at a much slower pace, and the ecosystem is under threat from a variety of factors, including population growth, changing climate conditions, and shifting livelihood strategies and socioeconomic expectations of the resident population. But in a context of rapid socioeconomic change and escalating internal population pressures, migration accelerates and intensifies the livelihood changes and associated land conversion processes that are inevitable in the long term. This will continue, unless effective and sustainable resource management systems are put in place.

    This policy brief summarizes an assessment of the migration context in the Bale Mountains...

  • Auctions Emerge as Key Instrument to Promote Renewable Energy

    El Salvador’s National Energy Council recently announced plans to auction 150 MW of renewable energy projects. Brazil awarded contracts to the developers of 669.5 MW of clean energy capacity last week in its latest auction. And the ACT government in Australia has launched its second large-scale wind farm auction, which is expected to double the … Continue reading Auctions Emerge as Key Instrument to Promote Renewable Energy

    Saving Power for Rainy Days

    As rapid cost reductions for renewable energy technologies drive an energy transition across the globe, one fundamental question remains regarding a future powered by renewables: “What about when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?” Electricity storage is often positioned as THE solution to the problem of variable (i.e. not consistent) power generation from solar … Continue reading Saving Power for Rainy Days

    Energy Efficiency Vital to Doubling Global Share of Renewables

    It may sound obvious that efforts to scale-up renewable energy and efforts to improve energy efficiency are interlinked. We consume less energy overall when we implement energy efficiency measures like installing building insulation or efficient lighting. In parallel, as we add more renewable energy to the world’s energy mix, the share of renewable vs. non-renewable … Continue reading Energy Efficiency Vital to Doubling Global Share of Renewables

    Pacific Island Countries and Territories Explore Ways to Transform Energy Systems

    “What is the utility business model after all? It’s making returns on assets. And moving from fossil fuels to renewables will increase the asset base and the actual value of the utility, increasing its revenues.”- Dutch Kuyper, Parker Ranch In explaining the sound business case for transitioning traditional utilities to renewable energy, Dutch Kuyper of … Continue reading Pacific Island Countries and Territories Explore Ways to Transform Energy Systems

    REthink Energy on the Road to Paris

    In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), 30 November – 11 December in Paris, we are encouraging our readers to REthink energy. The energy sector accounts for more than two thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Under current policies and national plans, carbon dioxide emissions will not fall enough to avoid … Continue reading REthink Energy on the Road to Paris

  • Regional Development Forum for Asia-Pacific held in Bangkok

    The ITU Regional Development Forum (RDF) for Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 and 22 August 2015 under the theme “Smartly Digital Asia-Pacific”. The Forum was attended by about 100 participants from over 31 Member...

    ITU Distributes Trend Micro 2Q 2015 Security Roundup

    In line with the collaboration between ITU and Trend Micro, with an objective to facilitate sharing of relevant cybersecurity material and enhance cybersecurity awareness of Member States, ITU is distributing the Trend Micro 2Q roundup report for 2015. Titled ‘A...

    Communiqué: ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Myanmar

    International relief effort underway in aftermath of widespread floods Geneva, 18 August 2015 – ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Myanmar following severe floods which have claimed many lives and submerged more than 200,000 acres of farmland, damaging essential infrastructure and...

    Meet the winners of the #speakstandards video competition

    A team of four from Mexico has won first prize in the #speakstandards video competition. Their video highlighting the importance of standardized graphical symbols in our daily life received half of the nearly 6,500 public votes. The #speakstandards video competition challenged people...

    Press Release : ITU announces Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards

    Award to recognize small businesses and entrepreneurs using innovative ICT solutions for social good Geneva, 11 August 2015 – ITU has launched the ITU Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards 2015, a new awards programme for the most innovative start-ups, micro-, small and medium-sized businesses...

  • COURT: Worst Mercury Pollution in Maine’s History Must be Cleaned Up

    BANGOR, Maine (September 2, 2015) – A Maine court today held the former owners of a chlorine bleach plant accountable for tons of mercury it dumped into the Penobscot River over the course of four decades. The judge ordered the polluter to remedy their mess in order to reduce contamination in wildlife and seafood.

    As Subway Moves to Reduce Antibiotics in Chicken, Groups Call for Details and Timelines

    SAN FRANCISCO (September 1, 2015) — Following calls to action from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), US PIRG, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Keep Antibiotics Working, Food Animals Concern Trust, Consumers Union and FoodBabe.com, Subway appears to be making important updates to its approach on antibiotics use in its meat and poultry supply. The Nation’s Restaurant News reported on August 28th the restaurant chain’s intention to source chicken produced without antibiotics, just days after the kickoff of several high profile campaigns.

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Announces Process for Tackling Carbon Pollution Under the Clean Power Plan

    Governor Rick Snyder’s administration announced today that Michigan would develop a state implementation plan to achieve carbon pollution reductions set by the federal Clean Power Plan. 

    Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

    NRDC Turns Up Pressure on Subway to Disclose Antibiotic Use in Meat Production

    WASHINGTON D.C. (August 26, 2015) – As Subway marks its 50th anniversary later this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today launched a national campaign urging Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain by number of locations, to publicly commit to phasing out the purchase of meats raised with the routine use of antibiotics. Many of Subway’s competitors, including McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and Panera Bread, and others, have announced major initiatives to eliminate routine use of antibiotics by their suppliers, leaving Subway far behind the pack.  

  • Corporate WASH pledge helps 1.6 million people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene

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    Sustainable Procurement Guide

    Informed procurement choices can support the sustainable management of forests, help protect workers’ health and the rights of the people who depend on forests. Growing numbers of private and public sector actors are setting ambitious targets to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. The question remains: How to implement and deliver on these commitments?

    From waste to opportunity: Over 20 companies launch new project to scale up material reuse across US facilities

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    Raising the bar for the forest products value chain

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    Land degradation neutrality: Why this should be on top of the business agenda

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  • Brazil and Indonesia Struggling to Reduce Deforestation

    This blog is part of a series featuring new data and analysis on global tree cover loss. Read the other blog here, or follow our presentations at the forthcoming World Forestry Congress. New satellite-based data highlight the challenges of reducing forest loss in two of the world’s largest forest-rich countries. Brazil and Indonesia, which have made significant efforts to reduce deforestation in recent years, both saw an uptick in tree cover loss in 2014, according to new data on Global...

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    4 Reasons Why Low Oil Prices Mean It's Time To Shift To Renewable Energy

    This blog post was originally published by Forbes on September 2, 2015. With oil prices at six-year lows, now is a tempting time for consumers to buy a bigger car, fill it up with cheaper gas and hit the road. The smarter move is to use this moment to accelerate the shift to renewable energy. While increased U.S. oil production has delivered short-term economic benefits, our ongoing dependence on oil is still creating serious risks to business investment, national security and the...

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    South Africa Hosts World Forestry Congress: 4 Big Opportunities for Progress

    More than 1,700 leaders from governments, civil society, business and academia will gather next week in Durban, South Africa for the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC). Hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just once every six years, the Congress is considered the most prominent gathering for discussions about challenges and opportunities facing the world’s forests. The Congress’s theme, “Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future,” is an apt one, as the event...

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    Tianjin Disaster Magnifies Governance Challenges for Public Safety and the Environment

    The recent chemical explosion at a Chinese warehouse continues to reverberate around the world. The blast killed at least 158 people in Tianjin, injured hundreds, damaged and destroyed homes, and caused nearby companies to suspend operations. Officials say that the warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics was located less than one kilometer from residential buildings and contained roughly 3,000 tons of highly toxic chemicals, a violation of China’s national environmental standard on...

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    New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots

    New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked HotspotsSeptember 02, 2015 The world lost more than 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of tree cover in 2014, an area twice the size of Portugal, according to new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Google released by Global Forest Watch. The data find that tropical forests are in the most trouble, losing 9.9 million hectares (24.5 million acres) of tree cover in 2014 – over half of the global total. Read more

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