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Climate change in my chocolate

By Thilo Pommerening The topic of climate change is still very far away for most of us. Many think of hurricanes or distant island states threatened by rising sea levels. Most of us do not feel directly affected by global warming yet. However climate change is silently sneaking into our everyday lives. Christmas without hazelnuts […]

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The G20 must be permanently aware of the climate risks to the economy

By Santiago Lorenzo Alonso Recently, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a proposal on climate risk, as commissioned by the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting last April. The document, called Proposal for a disclosure task force on climate-related risks, asks the G20 to set up “an industry-led disclosure task force to develop […]

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On the front lines of climate change

By Sudhanshu Sarronwala ‘Where will we live when we grow up, Dad?’ These could easily be the words of a child fleeing the horrors of war from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, emergencies we are all too well aware of. But I heard them thousands of miles away and in a totally different context, yet one […]

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WWF launches web-calculator to analyze benefits of investing in renewable energy

By Lars Erik Mangset and Stefano Esposito What will be the associated climate benefits if $100 billion were invested directly into renewable energy infrastructure? WWF has just published a report and a web-calculator that enables everyone to find out how much renewable energy capacity can be installed given a certain amount of money, as well […]

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The impact of climate change on species

By Dr Stephen Cornelius One in six species is at risk of extinction because of climate change. To survive, plants, animals and birds confronted with climate change have two options: move or adapt.  With the speed of climate change we are experiencing already, it’s often not possible for a species to adapt quickly enough to […]

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Will a global climate agreement be the deathblow for the ailing coal industry?

By Jan Vandermosten A quote from Goldman Sachs perfectly summarizes the structural decline in which the global coal market finds itself today: ‘just as a worker celebrating their 65th anniversary can settle into a more sedate lifestyle while they look back on past achievements, we argue that thermal coal has reached its retirement age’. Our […]

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Cutting emissions by 2030: Peru’s climate plan is in

Peru has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in the framework of the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development held recently in New York. The Peruvian INDC establishes a 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of the business as usual scenario. […]

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Solar, the “sleeping lion” in Africa

By Manisha Gulati and Louise Scholtz With the vast majority of its population still energy poor, Africa is uniquely placed to leapfrog fossil fuel dependence and exploit its abundant natural resources in the form of sunlight, hydropower and wind. A REN21 status report on the SADC region, released at the recent South African International Renewable […]

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