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Developing Countries Surprise with Ambitious Climate Plans for Paris

Countries were asked to submit their best climate action plans ahead of December climate talks, and pledges announced so far show that developing countries are ready to act

The emerging framework for the global climate agreement under consideration in Paris at the end of the year upends 20 years of thinking about how best to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions. Gone is the top-down process, as enshrined in the Kyoto…
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by: Justin Gerdes – July 1, 2015

‘We Are Going to Get an Agreement’ in Paris, Says UN Climate Chief

In a visit to San Francisco, the UN’s top climate diplomat explains why she is so confident countries will reach a global climate agreement in December

In six months, delegates from nearly 200 countries will gather in Paris with the intention of signing the first truly global climate agreement. Don’t expect a replay of the fractious talks held in Copenhagen, in December 2009, Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top…
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by: Justin Gerdes – June 19, 2015

How Bundling Super-Efficient Appliances with Solar Can Expand Off-Grid Energy Access

When super-efficient appliances are used, the total cost of off-grid solar home systems and appliances can be cut in half in the developing world

According to a report released last week by Africa Progress Panel, a group chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, two of every three people in Africa — 621 million in total — lack access to electricity. The UN’s Sustainable Energy for…
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by: Justin Gerdes – June 11, 2015


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