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Oceans being effected by GHG emissions more than at any time in 250m years

  Oceans being effected by GHG emissions more than at any time in 250m years
5:07pm - 3 July 2015

Science journal says marine life will be irreversibly damaged unless emissions are cut significantly

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction

Climate Action and Solutions COP21 partner to boost climate innovation during Paris summit

  Climate Action and Solutions COP21 partner to boost climate innovation during Paris summit
10:20am - 3 July 2015

Largest business-focussed side event at COP21 will work with the leading educational and scientific showcase being held in Grand Palais in December

Europe, COP 21, Technology & Innovation

Brazil and US agree action on deforestation and renewables

  Brazil and US agree action on deforestation and renewables
6:02pm - 2 July 2015

Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama met on Wednesday as part of the Brazilian Presidents visit to the US

North America, South America, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, Policy, Sustainable Energy
🎤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
  Ban Ki-moon and Robert Redford address UN General Assembly on climate change

Ban Ki-moon and Robert Redford address UN General Assembly on climate change

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Finance

Head of the UN and the Hollywood icon addressed 193-member states of the UN General Assembly

  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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  • ADB Launches Youth Video Competition – ‘Who’s Growing Tomorrow’s Food?’

    Entries open today for a youth video competition organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in conjunction with its upcoming 2nd Asian Irrigation Forum in Manila.

    7,000 Highlanders Graduate from ADB, Australia-Assisted Financial Course

    Thousands of residents from Baiyer District in the Western Highlands and Yangoose Village in Tsak Valley in Enga Province took part in a graduation ceremony today for a financial literacy course supported by ADB.

    Georgia Power Reforms Support Economic Growth – ADB Report

    Georgia’s power sector reforms over the past two decades have resulted in a dramatic turnaround in service and efficiency, which has helped support a resurgence of economic growth, says a new ADB report.

    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.

  • 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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  • First financial transaction under Investment Plan for Europe in Denmark: EIB backs innovative renewable energy infrastructure fund

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing equity-type financing of up to EUR 75m (some DKK 560m) to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) for an innovative infrastructure fund (Copenhagen Infrastructure II) investing in large energy-related projects such as offshore wind, biomass and transmission schemes. The EIB financing will be proposed for backing by the EU budget guarantee under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).  The renewable energy infrastructure fund Copenha...

    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...

  • 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"



    The question is not if coal will be phased out from our energy systems, but how. To explore this question, IISD hosted a web-based discussion of lessons learned from Ontario’s successful coal phase-out on June 30.

    You can find out more and listen to a recording of the webinar here.

    The webinar drew 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 speakers were:



    Brent Wanner, Analyst, Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency and one of the lead authors of the World Energy Outlook’s Special Report 2015 “Energy and Climate Change. To view Brent's slides...

  • Fiji, Vanuatu and the Marshall Islands Can Win Big with Renewables

    The Pacific Islands are perhaps best known for their beautiful beaches, azure waters and rich sea life, but they are rich in something else as well: renewable energy. Three recent assessments of renewable energy potential on the island states found that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and bio-fuel could meet their domestic energy … Continue reading Fiji, Vanuatu and the Marshall Islands Can Win Big with Renewables

    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

  • Deadline extension for Kaleidoscope 2015 academic papers

    The submission deadline for Kaleidoscope academic papers has been extended to 20 July. Kaleidoscope 2015 – Trust in the Information Society will be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 9-11 December 2015. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be...

    CWG-Internet launches Online Open Consultation on IXPs

    The 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference instructed the ITU Council to revise Resolution 1344 to direct the Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet), and to conduct an open consultation. In its 2015 session, ITU Council resolved that...

    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...

  • NRDC: Replacing Damaging HFCs a Key Move on Climate Change

    WASHINGTON (July 2, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized standards setting deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change, because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives now exist.

    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.

  • 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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  • A Closer Look at China's New Climate Plan (INDC)

    China’s post-2020 climate action commitment, released earlier this week, is arguably one of the most anticipated climate announcements of the year. The world’s largest emitter restated in its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) its previously announced goal to peak its emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. The latter will require China to deploy 800 to 1,000 gigawatts in non-fossil...

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    Indonesia’s Forest Fires Reignite, Threatening Protected Areas and Peatlands

    Extreme haze caused by forest and bush fires throughout Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia has been a perpetual problem affecting the quality of life and economy of local residents and neighboring countries. As this year’s dry season approaches, the fires are just starting to pick up, especially in the fire-prone province of Riau, Sumatra. They’re already threatening some of the most biodiverse and carbon-rich ecosystems in the country—protected forests and peatlands. According to NASA’s...

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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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