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Irena launches first world atlas on renewable energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency on Sunday (Jan 13) unveiled the world’s first-ever atlas on clean energy, which will provide open-access information on the renewable energy potential of different countries across the globe. Touted as the largest initiative to aid countries gauge their renewable energy potential, the Global Atlas is aimed at raising awareness of the world’s renewable energy...

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Poor economic conditions hinder climate change actions – W.E.F.

Poor economic conditions delay efforts to address climate change, putting the world at a greater risk, according to the latest report of the World Economic Forum. Wealth gaps and unsustainable government debt are the two most prevalent economic dangers that the world faces over the next decade, found the Global Risks 2013 report. The report covered 50 prevalent global risks in five categories, including economic,...

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High costs, poor policies slow down C.C.S. deployment - IEA

High costs coupled with poor policies hamper the widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage technology, according to the International Energy Agency. With fossil fuels consumption continuing to surge, C.C.S. is a “critical element to limiting climate change” as it allows the burning of fossil fuels without pumping more greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. In order to boost C.C.S. deployment, the I.E.A suggests that national governments must come up...

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Australia faces worst fire conditions in decades

Australia is currently facing what has been called one of the “worst fire events in decades” as bushfires continue to devastate three of its states, including New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. With high temperatures and strong winds fuelling the bushfires, ninety percent of New South Wales was declared in severe danger, reported The Australian News. The government has raised “catastrophic” fire danger rating in Illawara, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges,...

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Political action crucial to achieving climate targets - study

In meeting climate target levels, the most important uncertainty to consider is “political,” suggested a new study co-authored by International Institute for Applied Science Analysis, ETH Zurich and National Center for Atmospheric Research. The biggest uncertainty is the question of when countries will make serious efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement policies that will support climate mitigation and adaptation,...

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Thailand to boost renewable energy investments

In order to meet an estimated 39 percent increase in energy demand seen in the next nine years, Thailand will boost its investments in renewable energy, said the Thai Board of Investment.The Thai government is pushing for the use of alternative and renewable energy hoping to achieve 25 percent of their total energy consumption from non-petroleum sources, said the B.O.I. According to the Ministry of Energy's Alternative Energy Development Plan (2012-2021)...

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World Bank approves $50 million forest investment for Ghana

The World Bank has approved a $50 million climate fund for Ghana to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Forest Investment Programme will give way to the implementation of projects aimed at reducing pressure on the natural forest through integrated landscape approach, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Similarly, it will support the government’s...

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Energy systems are still far from being sustainable – World Energy Council

The World Energy Council has released its latest Energy Sustainability Index, revealing that most of the 94 countries assessed remain far from achieving environmentally sustainable energy systems. In time for the ongoing Doha climate talks, the index is published within the W.E.C.’s World Energy Trilemma report, “Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy policy,” which ranked the countries in terms...

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U.K. introduces new Energy Bill that will provide $12 billion for low-carbon

The British government has released an Energy Bill that it hopes will power low-carbon economic growth. The government said the bill will reform the design of the electricity market to kick-start the construction of low-carbon energy infrastructure and low-carbon manufacturing supply chains. Britain’s energy sector needs to attract around £110 billion in investment if it is to replace current generating capacity and upgrade...

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Irena recommends additional supporting policies for renewable energy deployment

A new brief on renewable energy deployment in Pacific Island countries and territories was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency, addressing the present conditions of renewable energy policies and proposing measures that could spur successful implementation. “Political support has been broadly recognized as key to facilitating the implementation of the agenda for transforming energy systems,” said Irena...

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