New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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US-India Deal Boosts Nuclear and Solar But is Quiet on Coal

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

International and national media competed to feed minute-by-minute gestures of Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was much anticipation that this meeting would be unprecedented and game-changing for Indo-US relations, shifting the dynamics of global politics. So, what did we get to see apart from bromance, Obama trying his luck with Hindi, a

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Energy Poured in to Cutting-edge Conservation Ideas

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By

Here’s a plan for cutting your carbon footprint: fit your electric car with a high-performance lithium sulphur battery that can treble the mileage for a much lower cost. That’s just one of many examples of innovative energy conservation solutions that scientists are currently on the brink of turning into reality. Others include fitting your clothes

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India to Focus on Green Energy and Efficiency Instead of Emission Reductions

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The first meeting of India’s reconstituted Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change called for a shift in global attitudes from emission cuts to adopting green energy and improving energy efficiency. The meeting that comes a few days before US President Barack Obama is to visit India reiterated the country’s stand declared at the Lima climate

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Obama’s India Visit Could Yield Progress on Climate Change and Solar Power

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park , India

There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said

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Hydropower in Bhutan – Time For a Rethink?

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

The first international visit undertaken by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in May 2014 with a landslide electoral victory and a personal mandate for development and governance, was to India’s tiny neighbour to the north east, the landlocked Himalayan state of Bhutan. This indicates the importance this kingdom holds for India.

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Sun Shines on Union Between Solar Power and Electric Grid in Pakistan

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid a worsening energy crisis, Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country. The government has also reversed course and eliminated a 32.5 percent tax imposed on imported solar equipment in

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Smart Cities: What India Needs to Learn From Berlin

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

As its population surges, India proposes to build a hundred “smart cities”, where all sections of society get access to basic amenities and can aspire to a better life. The promise would need to be grounded in reality. The challenging process will have to be both equitable and environmentally sustainable. The planet, as the latest

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How Laos’s Major Dam on the Mekong is Taking Shape

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this lower part of the river in other countries. When operational, the Xayaburi Dam will

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Peru’s Indigenous Uros People Turn to Solar Power

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

Living on artificial floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru’s Uros people lead simple lives of fishing and craftsmanship. Some say that this indigenous race dates back some 3,700 years to when the central Andes were first settled. Forced onto the islands of totora reeds by colonising Incas, they have since spent their days rebuilding and

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The Switch to Renewable Power is a Battle we Cannot Afford to Lose

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? After two weeks of intense negotiation, governments settled on a draft text that will hopefully lead to a successful global climate deal in Paris next December. While opinions vary regarding

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Highlight India’s Solar Push

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

The recently-decided plan to go for a massive increase in solar power generation in the country will figure prominently in the statement of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar when he tells the delegates at the Lima climate conference about the steps India is taking to combat climate change. Only last month, the government decided that it

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A Conference Expands the Debate Over Hydropower in Bhutan

Dec 4th, 2014 | By

Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that

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India-Nepal Power Deal: Over $1 Billion For Hydroelectric Plant In Himalayan Country

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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As different regional leaders met up in Kathmandu earlier this week, the newest development for the energy-starved Himalayan country becomes official: last Tuesday, an India-Nepal power deal was signed, which will end up providing electricity to the nation come 2020. In times of energetic crisis for the South Asian nation, it seems that the India-Nepal

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Sun’s Finally Shining on India’s Climate Change Fight

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The first phase, which is being built by Welspun Energy in partnership with the state power

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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Threat to Rivers as Hydropower Gets Set for Global Boom

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Hydropower, the renewable technology that sets gravity to work and harnesses the energy of rivers, is about to double its output. The growth will be mostly in the developing world − but the construction of new dams on rivers in South America, South-east Asia and Africa comes at a cost. Around a

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Access to Electricity in India Has no Impact on Climate Change

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the country’s total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study. While increased energy access is widely agreed to be an important goal for development efforts, such as the UN Sustainable Energy for

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World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-century

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron,

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India Will be Renewables Superpower, Says Energy Minister

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion. However, Piyush Goyal dismissed criticism of the impact of India’s coal rush on climate change , as western governments giving “homilies and pontificating, having enjoyed themselves the fruits of ruining

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ADB to Fund USD 120 Million for Bhutan’s Hydropower Project

Sep 30th, 2014 | By

IANS: The Asian Development Bank will fund $120 million towards Bhutan’s 118 MW Nikachu hydropower project, whose total estimated project cost is $200 million dollars. The project is modelled on public-private partnership (PPP) lines, with Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), and the debt to equity ratio of 65:35. Nikachu is the second project to be

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Political Will is Only Barrier to 100% Renewables

Sep 21st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables − while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate

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Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which

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Infosys Green Building Experiment Reduces Energy Bills by 38%

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

The company’s office in Hyderabad (pictured right), south India is split into two halves, which are identical except for their energy systems. Rohan Parikh, head of infrastructure and green initiatives at Infosys, led the way One half of the building uses a green radiant cooling system and the other half uses conventional air conditioning. With

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Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: There are prospects of significant progress in the response of world governments to climate change, according to a former UK Government chief scientist,Sir David King. “There are signs that a leadership role is beginning to emerge”, he told a conference in London held by the Green Economy Coalition. Sir David also announced that he

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Upper Karnali a Three Billion Dollar Bonanza for Nepal

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The much debated Upper Karnali hydroelectric project is expected to bring a windfall with the government standing to earn Rs 144 billion in dividend from equity extended by the developer of the 900-megawatt power project. This money is exclusive of Rs 121 billion that the project developer will provide to the government in royalty

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‘3for2’ Concept in Singapore Signals New Phase in Green Building

Aug 28th, 2014 | By

Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (SEC FCL) and the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) have formed a new partnership and are looking to develop the first commercial project to use the new concept ‘3for2’. The concept enables developers to construct three floors in the space normally occupied by two, through the use of

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Clegg and Davey Aim to Help Put Clean Tech on Front Foot in India

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told India’s new prime minister that he is keen to drive UK investment in India’s emerging green economy to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges the country faces. On a trade delegation to India yesterday, Clegg and UK energy and climate secretary Ed Davey met with India’s recently

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New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Aug 10th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Researchers in the US have warned those anxious to cut greenhouse emissions to make quite sure that the cure they choose will not turn out worse than the disease. They have developed a tool that should help to avoid the danger that efforts to address climate change could allow invasive plant species to

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General Electric Invests in Wind Power in India as Part of $1bn Clean Energy Drive

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

GE has partnered with Atria Power and is aiming for the three projects to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW). The sites include a 25.6 MW project in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on India’s south eastern coast line. Another site – at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh – will

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Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Hydropower is making its return to one of the UK’s grand houses, which almost 140 years ago pioneered the use of water to provide electricity. A modern version of an ancient device, the Archimedes screw, has been installed at the Cragside mansion, in north-east England, to harness the power of a stream

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Nepal to Generate Energy From its Holy River, Bagmati

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The Nepal government is gearing up towards generating hydropower energy from Bagmati River, one of its most reverent and religiously significant river, officials said on Sunday. The decision was made as part of the government’s plan to end power crisis within three years. Nepal’s Energy Ministry has already announced to utilize all of

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Himalayan Geothermal Potential Untapped

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists. “I hope lessons from elsewhere in the world can help harness these resources in the Himalayas,” Geo Moore, a geologist at the Energy and Geosciences Institute, University of Utah, told a conference on sustainable resource

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Chinese Coal Consumption to Peak in 2024 – Bloomberg

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak

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Nepal Wins Hearts and Minds With Biogas Boom

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Sunita Bote, a 30-year-old housewife from the small village of Kumroj in eastern Nepal, was far from convinced when energy specialists from the capital city, Kathmandu, talked about the benefits of constructing a small biogas plant near her house. “At first, I shuddered at the thought of connecting my cooking stove with a toilet’s

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UNEA Pronounces Kenya a Renewable Energy World Leader

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

The summit was looking to build towards the UN Climate Change Summit in December in Lima,peru and ultimately the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post 2015. With approximately 80 per cent of its population having to generate its own power off grid, sustainable solutions are a hugely important stride away from the high costs and noxious

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Energy Sector Faces Increasing Pressures From Climate Change

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

A briefing, published jointly by the World Energy Council (WEC), the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the Cambridge Judge Business School, and the European Climate Foundation, indicates threat the energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change. Key findings are as follows: Energy demand is increasing globally, causing greenhouse gas (GHG)

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Power in Current Times: Local‚ Sustainable and Clean Energy

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan mountains tower over some of the most rugged terrain and harshest climate conditions. Melting snows from Mt Everest, K2, and hundreds of other snow-capped peaks carve out over 6,000 rivers in Nepal, China, Bhutan, India and Pakistan. The majority of people living along these remote rivers and valleys survive in under-developed living conditions

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Climate Change Prompts Creative Uses of Solar Power

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

With the climate change threatening the integrity of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and terrain, innovators have been prompted to find creative uses for solar power today. Terrestrial sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, struggle to meet the demands of economy with a very finite supply. In addition, such traditional sources of power come with the

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Hot Rocks Are a Core Asset

Jun 15th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Many countries with volcanoes have long used hot rocks and steam to generate electricity, but new engineering methods promise a boom in geothermal energy. The deeper you drill into the Earth’s crust, the hotter the rocks get − and the heat that is radiating upwards from the core of the planet is

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Can India Go 100% Renewable by 2050?

May 29th, 2014 | By

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security.  To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.  As Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and activist, said in New Delhi in January 2012,  “India is the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy sources and, if

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Center for Clean Energy Innovation Proposes New Approach to Global Climate

May 28th, 2014 | By

The world faces two often contradictory energy challenges: mitigating global climate change and expanding affordable energy access in low-income countries. Unfortunately, the dominant approaches to international climate policies, including carbon targets and pricing, regulatory mandates, and subsidies for deployment, have failed to achieve either goal. Carbon emissions have grown faster since 2000 than in the

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World Bank Approves Loan for Kabeli-A Hydroelectric Project in Nepal

May 20th, 2014 | By

The World Bank Group has approved $84.6m financing for the 37.6MW Kabeli-A hydroelectric project in Nepal. The financing includes $40m credit and $6m grant from the International Development Association, a $19.3m loan from the International Finance Corporation and a $19.3m loan from the Canada Climate Change Program. The financing paves the way for Kabeli Energy

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China to Triple Solar Capacity by 2017

May 19th, 2014 | By

The new target is double the previous one set for 2015, according to a statement posted last week on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission. China already has about 20GW of solar capacity and has emerged as the world’s largest renewable energy market in recent years. As the world’s largest greenhouse gas

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Solar Energy Tapped Into a Cleaner, Brighter Future for India

May 16th, 2014 | By

The nation of India is deeply committed to renewable energy. The world’s seventh largest emitter of global warming pollution, India is also the fifth biggest producer of emissions from fossil fuels. In a positive sign – India is taking the sunshine from its ample deserts, to create a brighter future with renewable energy from solar

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Pakistan’s First Solar Project Is One Of The World’s Largest

May 14th, 2014 | By

Last week Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Pakistan’s first solar power park, which will start generating 100 megawatts of energy by the end of the year and a total of 1,000 megawatts by 2016. The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project has 400,000 solar panels, with a total cost of around $131 million. When complete the plant will

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Scientists Beef up Energy Potential

May 13th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: New scientific discoveries have been made to beef up a biofuel, re-use waste heat, get more power from solar panels – and even deliver electricity across a room without using wires. Scientists in the US have crossed a fir tree with a gut bacterium, fed it beef soup, and watched it deliver the chemistry

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Round-the-clock Solar Power Arrives

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously

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Space Technology Aids Water Power

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Space technology is to be used to help engineers make the most of humanity’s oldest form of renewable energy production, water power. There is vast potential for run-of-the-river hydropower schemes that use the natural flow of water to produce power without large-scale works. There are many thousand former mill sites around the world where the

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Cooking using just the power of the Sun is not a new technology. Dozens of designs of solar cookers using mirrors and other shiny surfaces to concentrate the Sun’s rays are popular across the world, especially where electricity and wood for fires are in short supply. Many thousands are in use in Africa, and they

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India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again the current and growing risks to the economy, human health and food supply of India’s communities. This latest warning

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The Energy Revolution is in Reverse

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Keeping the rise in global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels will not be prohibitively expensive, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says, though it won’t be easy. There’s just one problem: the atmospheric facts show that the world is not simply ignoring the IPCC. It’s moving smartly

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IPCC: Bioenergy to Play Significant Role in Carbon Mitigation

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Bioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. “Bioenergy’s share of total regional electricity and liquid fuels is projected to be up to 35 percent and 75 percent, respectively,

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IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age Of Renewables’, Or Pay Higher Price Later

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Sunday in Berlin, shows that humanity still has time to solve the global crisis of global warming and climate change, but only if governments and industry are finally forced to make the political and financial decisions that will see the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions

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Renewable Energy Market Share Climbs Despite 2013 Dip in Investments

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 – produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance – the investment drop of $US35.1 billion was partly down to the falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems. The other main

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World Needs a Major Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: IPCC

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the

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Hydropower Needs ‘New Climate Knowledge’

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: In a region where on average more than 60 per cent of electricity is provided by hydropower facilities — in contrast to a less than 20 per cent globally — the future of water availability matters. So, this issue dominated the second day of the Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Developing, linking and applying

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Website Offers Global View of Small Hydroelectric Projects

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

It is now easier to access reliable data on small hydropower projects globally following the launch of a website designed to promote this technology, says a UN body. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), a China-based, non-profit body that promotes this form of energy worldwide, launched the site last month (13

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India’s Dam Building Bonanza

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: This region, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building programme. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160 dams – both big

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