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The real value of Arctic resources

As the annual Arctic Frontiers meeting starts in Tromso Norway, much of the talk and media coverage will once again be centred on Arctic resources. This is usually code for oil and gas development in the Arctic, and the potential geopolitical conflict over the exploitation of these resources. This focus is entirely misguided. The Arctic’s […]

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Let Latin America’s clean energy revolution begin!

The Latin American and Caribbean has one of the richest sources of natural renewable energy in the world. It boasts enormous potential for non-conventional renewable energy. In fact, it is estimated that if the region exploited just a tiny fraction of its non-hydro renewable capability, it could meet the energy demands of the region’s growing […]

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Latin America: a new hot spot for renewable energy

Latin America is the new frontier for clean and sustainable energy. In 2013, Latin America attracted about US$16 billion of investment in the clean energy sector, representing over seven per cent of total global investments in renewable energy. Decreasing technology costs and increasingly supportive policies in the clean energy field have allowed the region to […]

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Climate justice for the indigenous people of Peru

Representatives from nearly two hundred countries are gathering in Lima, Peru this week for the annual United Nations climate summit. This Latin American Conference of the Parties (COP) presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon and the context in which they are […]

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Energy access, development and decarbonisation

One of my operating theories about the benefit of the UN is not that it is brilliantly efficient at creating international treaties (sorry to burst your bubble on that one) but rather the opposite – the long, slow grind of thousands of negotiators meeting regularly to hash through minutiae is the world’s biggest intercultural exchange […]

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This is Germany’s ambitious climate action plan

Germany announced that it will continue its national commitment to achieve a cut of 40% in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, despite EU policy that is insufficient to support that aim. It will put in place measures to cut energy use and emissions, including from sectors covered by the ailing EU Emissions Trading Scheme. […]

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